Tuesday, 28 July 2009

A wonderful time for Bononia Grass

On stage at Conwy 2009: (l-r) Paolo Ercoli (dobro, vocals), Gianni Stefanini (mandolin, vocals), Pedro Judkowski (upright bass) Luca Bartolini (guitar, vocals), Gianluca Naldi (banjo, vocals)

Bononia Grass, from Bologna, Italy, have a lot of good news to report. Luca Bartolini, formerly of Red Wine, has joined them, playing guitar and singing lead. Their mandolinist, Gianni Stefanini, has won second prize in the mandolin contest at the 38th Annual Blue Grass & Old Time Fiddlers' Convention in North Carolina, USA.

For the second year running, the band have played at the North Wales Bluegrass Festival; and similarly for the second year running their dobro player, Paolo Ercoli, has been asked to give the dobro workshop there. Video clips of Bononia Grass playing at Conwy in 2008 - with Martino Coppo of Red Wine on electric bass - can be seen on Paolo's YouTube channel. They are about to take part in the European Bluegrass Festival (29 July-2 August) at La Roche-sur-Foron, in the French Alps, where they have been selected as one of the twelve bands in the 2009 band competition.

Bononia Grass also have a new website with many improvements, and are starting work on their second CD. A full account of the band's good news can be read here.

(l-r) Paolo Ercoli, Gianni Stefanini, Gianluca Naldi, Luca Bartolini, Pedro Judkowski

Monday, 27 July 2009

Bluegrass on Radio International

Between 22:00 and 23:00 on Wednesday 29 July 2009, Radio International will present

something we have never had before on Radio International. We have met a Blue Grass Musician - Mr Kevin Lynch from the United States of America. Kevin joins us in the studio this week to introduce to our listeners Blue Grass music and gives us some background about that particular type of music. You get to hear some of the samples Kevin has recorded himself with other famous US Blue Grass musicians. For more information on Blue Grass click here. Enjoy!

Join us Wednesday 29 July 2009 from 20:00-23:00 hours CET live via the website or on FM. Should you not be able to listen live or missed any show, fear not, as the shows are available as 'Listen Again' in our Show Archive.

Kevin Lynch, from Connecticut, is now resident in the Netherlands and is a welcome addition to the European scene.

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Jeff & Vida tour Ireland & Britain, Aug.-Sept.

Jeff Burke and Vida Wakeman (USA) will be touring in Ireland and Britain during the coming months, beginning on 13 August with sixteen engagements in Ireland, where they have toured many times. On 10 September they begin thirteen shows in England and Wales. Their new album Selma chalk (Rosebank Records) is due for release on 14 September 2009.

A press release with details of the band and press quotes can be read here. The most up-to-date schedule of dates in Ireland is on Nigel Martyn's Old Flattop website. For further information, interview requests, guest lists etc. please contact Geraint Jones of G Promo PR: 'phone +44 (0)1584 873211; mobile +44 07855 724798; e-mail.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Carmel Sheerin & the Ravens on UTV Country Fest, 1-2 Aug. 2009

Carmel Sheerin & the Ravens , #1 European Bluegrass Band 2005, will be appearing at the UTV Country Fest in Belfast, Northern Ireland, on 1-2 August. They are the only bluegrass band appearing at the festival, and will be sharing the UTV stage on both days with household names on the country circuit such as Randy Travis, Martina McBride, and Hal Ketchum.

The Ravens have been appearing at numerous venues around Ireland since the turn of the year in connection with their second album, Here with you, and in preparation for their upcoming tour of Nashville in October. The band and their touring party of family and friends will touch down in Nashville on 5 October, and will play several venues there in a two-week-long tour.

Carmel Sheerin & the Ravens MySpace

Hot Club of Cowtown in Europe, 23 July-8 Aug. 2009

The Western Swing trio Hot Club of Cowtown (USA) will tour the UK and Mallorca from 23 July to 8 August, playing the following dates:

July 23 Manchester Academy 3, Manchester, England
July 24 The Picturedrome, Market Walk, Holmfirth, West Yorks., England
July 25 The Sage SummerTyne Americana Festival, Gateshead, Newcastle, England
July 26 Truck Festival, Hill Farm, Steventon, Oxford, England
July 28 Fisher Theatre, Bungay, Suffolk, England
July 30 The Muni Arts Centre, Pontypridd, Wales
July 31 The Maze, Nottingham, England
Aug. 1 Cambridge Folk Festival, Cambridge, England
Aug. 4 The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Scotland
Aug. 5 Centre Stage, Queen's Road, Bournemouth, England
Aug. 6 The Plough Arts Centre, Great Torrington, north Devon, England
Aug. 7 Broadstairs Folk Week Festival, Broadstairs, Kent, England
Aug. 8 Castell de Bellver, Palma, Mallorca

The Hot Club of Cowtown have a brand new new album, Wishful thinking, which is available in the UK and the rest of Europe and will be released in the USA on 18 August. Sample tracks can be heard on their website and MySpace site. They are also on YouTube and Facebook.

Belgium and Denmark reunited in Ireland

Jan Michielsen of 4 Wheel Drive (BE/D/NL) and Henning Petersen of Bluegrass Boulevard (DK) met at the 19th Athy Bluegrass Festival in Athy, Co. Kildare, Ireland (9-12 July). They had not seen one another for many years, and had no idea that they would both be in Athy at the same time - Henning, who plays guitar and sings for Bluegrass Boulevard, was on a brief visit to Ireland with his wife, while 4 Wheel Drive were sharing the top of the Athy festival bill with the Bluegrass Patriots (USA).

4 Wheel Drive played at the Skagen Festival in Denmark, a week before going to Athy. They will return to Ireland in September to appear at the Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival at Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

New Toy Hearts video

Today the Bluegrass Blog features a new video on YouTube by the Toy Hearts (UK), who were featured in the latest issue of Bluegrass Europe. The video shows the band performing their contribution to the 'train song' genre - the title track from their last album, When I cut loose - at the Ely Folk Festival in England on 11 July.

It also includes powerful guitar work by Sophia Johnson, who is featured in the current issue of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. More info, including details of the Toy Hearts' coming tour in the US, is on the Bluegrass Blog.

Jens Kruger demonstrates new Deering banjo

Jens Kruger of the Kruger Brothers demonstrates the restyled Sierra model banjo by Deering in a ten-minute video on the Deering website, which can also be seen on the Bluegrass Blog.

The new version of the Sierra incorporates new tuners and, most noticeably, a new fingerboard inlay design. It remains the lowest priced of Deering's tone-ring banjos, and one of the best bargains in new professional-quality instruments.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Bluegrass and le Tour de France

EBMA members Steel String Session, of Tennessee, report:

Hi Everyone!

We have interesting news this morning (in case you didn't see it on our FaceBook and Twitter alert):

Versus Television, which each day right now is carrying the U.S. television broadcast of the world's most prestigious bike race, le Tour de France, aired music from our band's CD Ocoee Road this morning during its live broadcast from France. It was used as a music bed for Phil Liggett's prediction-pick for today's stage winner. If you are tuned in for the 8.00 p.m. Eastern Time replay tonight (Wednesday) you'll be able to hear the snippet. And here it is on line (click on stage 11 predictions in the video list).

We thrillingly add it to our small but growing list of unusual places where someone might catch our music. NBC Sports regularly uses some of our music after securing the rights during the Beijing Olympic Games last summer. Also, music from our CD is being used on a just-released documentary DVD entitled Call of the river.

btw, though this is indeed fun for us, our best thrill, of course, is playing to live enthusiastic audiences! Thanks for reading, come see us... we love each and every one of you,

LJ, Pete, Denny, J-Rod, John

Steel String Session
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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

'Bluegrass Junction' from Risør

Today's Bluegrass Blog carries news of Chris Jones and Ned Luberecki (USA) in Norway at the Risør Bluegrass Festival, where they are performing, teaching at the workshops, and broadcasting - from tomorrow, 16 July - on the Sirius-XM programme 'Bluegrass Junction'. John Lawless of the Bluegrass Blog adds:

Chris tells us that this weekend’s broadcast is the second of three European tours planned for this summer that will give Bluegrass Junction a distinctly international flavor - “stressing the ‘I’ in IBMA,” as he put it.

See more details on the Bluegrass Blog, which also has good news for Facebook users in Norway.

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Barcelona Bluegrass Band: new CD

Thanks to Lluís Antonio Gómez Martinez for news of the new self-titled album by the Barcelona Bluegrass Band. The musicians taking part are Ricky Araiza (guitar), Albert Bello (guitar), Lluís Gómez (5-string banjo), Joan Pau Cumellas (harmonica), Robbie K. Jones (cajón), Oriol Saña (violín), Maribel Sánchez (upright bass), and Miguel Talavera (guitar), plus two special American guests: Alison Brown (5-string banjo) and Tim Carter (5- string banjo). Tony Trischka comments:

Though the band is stretching the boundaries of bluegrass, they’ve obviously listened to their elders and have a deep love and respect for the music that’s gone before them. At the same time, they’re making their own mark in the burgeoning new-acoustic music world. Hearty congratulations to Lluis and Joan Pau and the band for creating this lovely music.

The CD can be bought at Cd Baby and will soon be available through iTunes.

JB's Band: Ireland tour, July 2010

Mike Stevens, Raymond McLain and JB’s Band (Joost van Es, Tom Gray, and Jean-Blaise Rochat) have just successfully completed their European tour this spring, performing at the EWOB Festival in Voorthuizen as well as other venues in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands.

An Irish tour for July 2010 with the same ensemble is now being planned, and contacts are being made with event organisers and venues in Ireland. Photos and videos of past performances can be found online here, along with general information about the band.

New look for Bluegrass & More

Bluegrass & More, the e-newsletter formerly issued by writer and publicist Dee Hallett, is now being published monthly in a new format by the Scottish Bluegrass Association. The new Bluegrass & More is pleasantly styled and easy on the eye, and incorporates photos and links to the websites of bands, associations, venues, and more.

As before, the content includes news on bluegrass, old-time, folk, Americana, country, and more from Britain and Ireland, Europe, the USA, and the wider world. The first issue of the new series, dated 1 July 2009, can be viewed online here. The editorial deadline for the next issue is 31 July.

Bluegrass & More can also be received by e-mail: see the EBB post of 29 June.

Monday, 13 July 2009

G-Runs & Roses on tour in Switzerland and Germany

After the concert: Tomas Kubin (bass), Filip Bato (banjo), Ralph Schut (mandolin), Lilly, Ondra Kozak (guitar), Martin Burza (fiddle)

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for a report and photos of a mini-tour by G-Runs & Roses (CZ/NL/SK) in Switzerland and Germany on 9-10 July 2009. Read Lilly's full account of the tour here, and see eighteen photos here.

At the Rhine falls, on the way to Germany

Bluegrass nominees for Dutch Country Music Awards

Thanks to Luc Eyckmans of Belgium, now resident in Ireland, for the news that bluegrass, its musicians and organisers are well represented in the nominations for the Dutch Country Music Association (DCMA) awards this year. These include several well known names of bluegrass musicians and participators on the EWOB Festival in Voorthuizen. Full information is available (only in Dutch) here.

Nominations for Acoustic Band of the Year include 4 Wheel Drive (winners in this category in 2008), the Blue Grass Boogiemen, and Except-2. Luc points out that both 4 Wheel Drive and the Boogiemen delivered outstanding performances during bluegrass festivals in Ireland recently. The Boogiemen are also nominated for Electric Band of the Year in their 'other life' as the Hillbilly Boogiemen.

In the category Instrumentalist of the Year we see Joost Van Es, fiddler with 4 Wheel Drive. For Show/Festival of the Year the EWOB Festival in Voorthuizen is nominated. Sandra Vanreys, who has sung with 4 Wheel Drive, is nominated for Female Singer of the Year; and nominations for European Act of the Year include the Sons of Navarone and Rawhide, both from Belgium.

Voting closed during the past weekend, and the results will be announced on the Dutch Country Music Gala (13 September 2009) in Theater de Lievekamp in Oss, the Netherlands. Videos of last year's Gala are posted on YouTube, with links on the DCMA website.

Munich Bluegrass Festival 2009

Thanks to Dieter Rahner of the band Strictly Bluegrass (D) for the news that the Munich Bluegrass Festival 2009 will take place at the Hausler-Hof near Munich on 16/17 October 2009, under the motto 'Music at the Farm'. The bands taking part include Night Run, Rüdiger Helbig & Huckleberry Five, the Black Bottom Skiffle Group, Strictly Bluegrass, the Munich Mountain Ramblers, Farmer's Breakfast, and many others.

The festival is organised by the Munich BlueGrass Friends e.V. (MBGF), founded in 2008. Much more information is on the MBGF website.

Dieter and his band became active members of the EBMA in 2008. Here are their contact data:

Strictly Bluegrass
Dieter Rahner
Bärlauchweg 18
80997 München

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Links for old-time musicians in Europe

Dick Glasgow of Causeway Music, whose Old Time Music Forum has been running since November 2007, is now developing an 'Old Time Music in Europe' blog as an extension of the Forum. It includes links to European musicians, bands, and instrument makers.

He has also set up another site - 'Old Time Musicians of Europe'. Dick, a Scotsman living on the Causeway Coast of Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, adds: 'It's early days, but it looks like it could provide a fun way for 'Old Timers' to network.'

Many videos of old-time, traditional, and other music can be seen on Dick's own YouTube channel.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

British Bluegrass News #49

Richard F. Thompson, editor of British Bluegrass News, reports:

The Summer 2009 edition of British Bluegrass News is in the mail.

Monroe’s Revenge are the subject of the cover story, as former mandolin player with the group John Baldry looks back to when he was with the band.

In addition, there are feature stories about the Scottish quartet Longway; Mountain Heart, who are Didmarton bound; and Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, whose UK tour starts at the end of September.

Tom Travis reveals his ‘Favourites’ and 'The story behind the song' looks at Hazel Dickens‘s ‘Mama's hand’. All this plus the usual 'What’s on', tour details and 2009 festival dates, CD reviews, 'Light in the window', 'SmallTalk', and the area reports.

Finally, there is news about three BBMA business matters: the announcements concern the AGM, an introduction from the new membership team, and brief information regarding the new Touring Agency managed by Dave Bresnen and Penny Joubert.

This edition of the magazine is the first published with new editor Richard F. Thompson leading the editorial team. British Bluegrass News is published by the British Bluegrass Music Association (BBMA).

Besides BBN, the most visible asset that the BBMA has is its website. This is being made more user-friendly and kept up to date. While work on this task is continuing, the site now enables on-line membership applications.

BBMA was founded in November 1990.

For further information about the BBMA and this Press Release, contact Richard F. Thompson, Press Relations, 14 Lime Grove, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, WS13 6ER; 'phone +44 (0)1543 252683; e-mail

Those interested in joining the BBMA can do so by contacting the Membership Team, Clare and David Rozzell, by e-mail.

Bluegrass Europe #68

The Bluegrass Europe editorial team regret that technical difficulties led again to misprinting of three pages in issue #68 of the magazine. The pages, as they should have appeared, are now downloadable as PDFs from EBMA's website, here. You may print these pages and insert them in your copy of Bluegrass Europe for completeness.

We believe that the problem has now been fully identified and will not happen again. Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

News from Scotland

Following on the news posted here on 3 March, 2 April, 7 May, and 29 June, John Sheldon reports that the Scottish Bluegrass Association (SBA) tours for Goldheart and Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands were completely sold out and very successful.

The next US band to tour under SBA auspices, the Midnight Ramblers, will top the bill at the SBA's 23rd Annual Guildtown Bluegrass Festival (31 July-3 Aug. 2009). Guildtown, although a small event, is the longest-running UK bluegrass festival and sells out year after year. It is financially supported by Homecoming Scotland, an initiative of the Scottish government.

The autumn tour by Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa (USA) will feature a bluegrass tuition event by the band in Linlithgow, and includes the new Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival in a beautiful village near Dumfries, south-west Scotland. John Sheldon also reports:

The SBA are in a position to offer financial underwriting to any UK promoter who is willing to run a bluegrass gig for the first time. In addition the SBA are now approved by the UK Border Agency sponsorship system which replaces the previous work permit scheme for foreign entertainers. The SBA offers the facility of sponsorship to selected US bluegrass bands along with support and advice to UK bluegrass promoters and festivals.

If you are in the UK and are interested in promoting or are running an event and need assistance and support, contact the SBA by e-mail. John Sheldon's full report can be read here.

Monday, 6 July 2009

Festival news from Switzerland

Mountain music with a capital M

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for the above and many other photos from the 24th Bluegrass Festival Grunderinseli at Thun, Switzerland, on 4 July. Kim Carson (USA) and her honky-tonk band were the festival headliners. They began on 22 June a tour in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and France which lasts to 1 September; the schedule is on the Kim Carson website.

Lilly's photos can be seen here, and her report of the festival can be read here.

Kent Miller of the Swiss Bluegrass Music Association adds:

The festival season in Switzerland continues in August after the traditional school holidays in July.
08 Aug. 6th Bluegrass & Country Festival in Sonogno, Tessin
15 Aug. Bluegrass Family Festival in Stetten, Aargau
29 Aug. Grabenmühle, Sigriswil, Bern
05 Sept. Sunny Mountain Festival, Loomis, Thurgau

As always the starting point for information on Switzerland is the Swiss Bluegrass Music Association website.

News from France

Christopher Howard-Williams of the France Bluegrass Musique Association reports:

The Grange Rouge Masterclass in April (just north of Lyon) with Jim Hurst, Byron Berline, and Alan Munde was a huge success (see photo), as was the Grange Rouge traditional folk music weekend in June with its bluegrass evening. Ten French bands played (not all with their full contingent) and German band Foxchase, who were a highlight of the evening along with Bluegrass Deluxe (playing Thursday evening at La Roche).

The next event on the horizon is the Craponne Country Rendez-Vous (24-26 July, near Le Puy in the Auvergne region). This is mainly a country music festival but traditionally (twenty-two years now) the French bluegrass compagnie take over a section of the campsite for four days and there are always one or two great bluegrass acts.

A week later (28 July-2 August), it is La Roche Bluegrass Festival. We are looking forward to seeing many of you there for this free festival in the town centre with the French Alps as the backdrop. Thirty-five bands will be there this year, including our invited guests Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain, Chris & Sally Jones, Bob Jones [ex Blue Grass Boy] & the Bluegrass Cats, Monogram, Acousticure, and Vodopad & Philippe Naudot.

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Risør Bluegrass Festival, Norway – 50% discounts for EBMA members

Dagfinn Pedersen, EBMA board member and national representative for Norway, reports:

Being located on the outskirts of the bluegrass world, we do not expect to see too many foreigners at the festival; it is too costly travelling up from Europe. But we would like to see you and will contribute to your travelling expenses by giving all members of EBMA living outside Norway a 50% discount on festival tickets and camping. That would be a saving of more than the cost of an active membership in EBMA (€50) – for each person. Just send me an e-mail and tell me you’re coming.

The festival: July 16–18, 33 bands, 43 concerts plus 2 children programs and a church concert. Familiar bands from EWOB, like Downtown Ramblers (S), Chris Jones & Ned Luberecki (USA), Blackjack (CZ), Ila Auto (NO), Sunny Side (CZ), Holstein United Bluegrass Boys (NO), Bluegrass Cwrkot (CZ), Petr Brandejs & Friends (CZ), and Jirka Kralik & Rowdy Rascals (CZ), plus some 25 more Norwegian bands. All bands stay in the festival camp together with the audience, and there is jamming till morning. Beautiful scenery on a horse farm on the side of a wilderness lake you’ll fall in love with. The workshop: July 13–16, in all instruments and harmony singing. There is still places available on most instruments. Sign up here.

Banjo Jamboree 2009 at Čáslav

Rosta Capek and Jarda Prucha

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for many photos and a report of the 37th Banjo Jamboree at Čáslav, Czech Republic. Read the full text of Lilly's report here; see the photos here.

The All-Star Band

Saturday, 4 July 2009

2nd Goud'Acoustic Festival in Languedoc, France

The second Goud'Acoustic Festival Folk Americana will be held on 10-11 July at Goudargues, Languedoc-Roussillon, France. Bluegrass and bluegrass-related bands taking part include Bluegrass D'Oc (France), the Rockridge Brothers (Sweden), Maison Dixon (France), and Prison Love (Ireland). The full programme can be seen here.

Friday, 3 July 2009

New look for Toy Hearts newsletter

Thanks to Sophia Johnson of the Toy Hearts (UK) for the band's latest newsletter in a new, improved magazine-like format.

Two pages of text, photos, and graphics feature their July/August Kitchen Garden Cafe Summer Specials; past and future shows in their home city, Birmingham; their recent appearances at the Coastline Bluegrass Music Event and in Bluegrass Europe; and their new relief bass player. A Gig Guide on the third page lists the dates at present scheduled for the rest of 2009.

Read the Toy Hearts' July newsletter here.

Audie Blaylock & Redline in Europe, July 2009

The latest newsletter from Audie Blaylock & Redline (USA) looks forward to the band's tour in Europe this month. As announced on the EBB on 16 May, all tickets for their concert at the Turfschip in the Netherlands on 8 July were sold out nearly two months in advance.

Their remaining shows in Europe on this trip will be part of the Norsk Country Treff Festival (9-12 July 2009). The festival's programme notes on the band (in Norwegian) are here.

Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain in Europe

The July newsletter for Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain (USA) features the band's appearances at the 22nd Country Rendez-Vous Festival at Craponne sur Arzon, Haute-Loire, France (24-26 July) (see the EBB post of 4 June), and the La Roche Bluegrass Festival at La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France (29 July-2 August).

The band's schedule also includes a show at Geneva, Switzerland, on 29 July (details TBA).

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Bluegrass festival at Abaliget, Hungary

Tölgyesi Péter, HuBMA and EBMA member reports:

Dear blog readers,

The 7th International Bluegrass and Acoustic Music Festival (as announced in this blog on 11 February 2009) organized by the Hungarian Bluegrass Music Association will be on 31st July - 2nd August on the open-air stage of Abaliget, Hungary.

Entry is free as always for this festival.

Bands appearing on stage this year are: Acoustic Trash (SK), Akusztikus Gitárkommandó (Gulyás Attila, Horváth Bálint, Nagy Gergely, Szőke Tamás), Another Ground, April, The Banjo Jumping Band, Bessenyei Csaba és Bornemissza Ádám, Dad Gave My Dog Away, Ellenberger Rita és Palásthy Zsolt, Folton Folk, HIBB, Ireg, Lemon Grass, Live Act Folk Project, Poa Pratensis, Pozitív Emlék, Reel Time, Revival Band, Simple English, Tenderfoot Blues Unit, ifj. Vitányi Iván Band, Yasya.

There's of course jamming going on till the morning on the lakeside with a local pub available all night.

If you like fishing, bring along your fishing gear too.

Web page of the Hungarian Bluegrass Music Association: www.hubma.hu

Web page with info and photos of previous years' festivals: www.vazze.hu

Detailed schedule for this year will be available on both sites soon.

Pictures show Hungarian bands Acousticure and Eastern Station at last year's Abaliget.

Nomination and prize for Roberto Dalla Vecchia

Guitarist Roberto Dalla Vecchia (Italy) reports:

I'm very happy to announce:

1. the Grateful album has received a nomination at this year's Just Plain Folks awards, for Best Instrumental Album. Just Plain Folks awards are the world's largest music awards with over 42,000 entries from 160 countries. You can find out more here.

2. my tune 'Sunflowers', from my new CD Unknown legends, won the Channel Prize for Instrumental Solo in June 2009, receiving the highest rank in OurStage's Instrumental Solo Channel!

See also Roberto's OurStage Fan Club page.

Peter Rowan in the UK, 12-19 November 2009

Peter Rowan (USA) recently toured in the Netherlands, playing eighteen venues with Tish Hinojosa. A repeat tour in October 2010 is under consideration. In the meantime Peter Rowan will be touring in the UK in November 2009, playing the following dates:

12, 13, 14 November: Thomas Fraser Memorial Festival, Utterabrake, Hamnavoe, Burra, Shetland ZE2 9LB

17 November: Roots Around the World, Chichester, Sussex, England; venue TBC; +44 (0)1243 789786/ 774641

18 November: Green Note, 106 Parkway, London NW1 7AN; +44 (0)20 7485 9899

19 November: Bournemouth Folk Club, venue: Centre Stage, Queens Road, Bournemouth BH2 6BE, England; +44 7811 369062

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Wednesday, 1 July 2009

New Acoustic Gallery news

The New Acoustic Gallery (NAG) in Solingen, Germany, now has the Tone-Gard™ (shown on left) in stock at €89.90 each. The Tone-Gard™ holds a mandolin away from the player's body to avoid damping vibrations, and is used by many prominent mandolinists, including David Grisman, Ricky Skaggs, John Reischman, and many others.

Oliver Waitze of the NAG will be one of the three distinguished instructors at the Bluegrass Workshop in the Bayerischen Musikakademie Hammelburg (7-9 August 2009), together with Jürgen Biller and Rupert Paulik. Further details can be found here or obtained from Peter Näder, Popularmusikbeauftragter des Bezirks Unterfranken, Bayerische Musikakademie, 97762 Hammelburg, Am Schlossberg: e-mail (readable with Javascript).

The NAG's 1st International Mandolin Festival will be held on 29-30 August, with jazz, swing, and classical music among the genres that will be featured.

Oliver Waitze's book Flatpicking guitar: master technique: (in English & German) is now published by Mel Bay Publications Inc. and available from Amazon.

More details on all these items from the NAG's July newsletter can be found on its website.