Thursday, 20 August 2009

BBMA Tuition Tent at Didmarton festival

This year at the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, which takes place from 4 to 6 September at Kemble Airfield, near Cirencester, the British Bluegrass Music Association (BBMA) is introducing a brand new learning scheme.

The idea behind this innovative concept is that anyone of any age or ability will have access to one-on-one lessons on their chosen bluegrass instrument. Spare instruments will be available, with the aim of enabling festival-goers to try out a new instrument.

The instruments offered include banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and Dobro ®. Lessons on these five instruments will be covered by three experienced British teachers. The half-hour lessons, costing only £10 (£8 for BBMA members), will take place in a purpose-built marquee.

Lessons will commence at 12:00 noon on each day (Friday and Saturday, 4 and 5 September) with the last session from 15:00 to 15:30. Sign-up sheets will be available at the on-site merchandising stall.

Alternatively, slots can be booked in advance by e-mail. Put 'BBMA Tuition' in the subject line and provide your name, address, and telephone number, together with your choice of lesson. The lessons available are:

Banjo - John Breese
Mandolin and guitar - Charlotte Carrivick
Fiddle and Dobro ® - Laura Carrivick

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR ANY LESSON(S) MUST BE COMPLETED ON ARRIVAL AT THE FESTIVAL SITE BY GOING TO THE MERCHANDISING STALL.

The BBMA was founded in November 1990. Its aim is to promote and support bluegrass music in Great Britain. For further information about the BBMA and this Press Release contact Richard F Thompson, BBMA 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, 26 Martin Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO3 6JZ; e-mail. Alternatively, you may join on-line at the BBMA website.

For more information about the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, visit their website.

The full BBMA press release can be read here.