Saturday, 16 May 2009

To musicians at EWOB 2009: VOTE!

The organising committee of the European World of Bluegrass Festival at Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, sends this important message to the musicians playing at this year's Festival:

Besides playing a great show, what is the most important thing you can do at EWOB?

VOTE! It is up to YOU to choose the #1 European Bluegrass Band 2009!

The European Bluegrass Band Awards are the only major music awards decided BY THE MUSICIANS - not by a regional audience or a jury of 'experts'. It is one of the things that makes the EWOB Festival really special - this is an event entirely for the musicians. YOU are the experts on European bluegrass. No one else should decide the winners in a competition like this. Musicians should own the future of their music and decide its direction.

Non-European musicians at the EWOB Festival are also asked to share in the voting in the European Bluegrass Band Awards. The committee continues:

You are not voting 'against' anyone - you are voting for European bluegrass to have a strong champion again this year, and it is a vote of pride! The band you choose as #1 European Bluegrass Band will represent European bluegrass to the rest of the world for one year, and will go to Nashville to play at IBMA's World of Bluegrass the following year. Make sure it is a band that makes you proud!

Full details are on the EWOB Festival website at Band/Musician FAQs and European Bluegrass Band Award FAQs. The full text of the committee's message is here.