Sunday, 7 June 2009

The new editor of British Bluegrass News

Richard Thompson, seated with Bob Webster of WAMU Bluegrass Country at IBMA 2008 (photo from the Bluegrass Blog)

Richard F. Thompson, a leading figure in bluegrass journalism, has become editor of British Bluegrass News, the quarterly journal of the British Bluegrass Music Association (BBMA).

Richard combines the expertise and drive of a journalist (he has described himself as a 'news hound') with a wide and deep knowledge of bluegrass and its history. He was one of the first members of the BBMA, and was editor of the BBN in the 1990s.

He has also for many years been involved with international aspects of bluegrass, having been a member of the panel for the International Bluegrass Seminar at the IBMA's World Of Bluegrass 1998 at Owensboro, KY. The March 1994 issue of BBN carried a story by Richard with the then-original title of 'The "I" in IBMA', mentioning many of the activities that made up the IBMA's international dimension. He has contributed many news items and features to the original Bluegrass Blog since it began in 2005.

When the BBN was reorganised and relaunched last autumn, Richard (as features editor) personally wrote an impressive amount of the first issue. As editor, he intends to assemble a team of contributors to do most of the actual writing, and will be looking for stories beyond the borders of Britain itself. He can be contacted by e-mail.