Thursday, 3 September 2009

International Bluegrass Meeting at Birkenried, 4-6 Sept. 2009

Thanks to Peter Wroblewski and Friedrich Hog for the news that the Country & Western Friends Kötz 1982 e.V. will hold their International Bluegrass Meeting in the Kulturgewächshaus at Birkenried (89423 Gundelfingen-Birkenried), Germany, from Friday 4 September to Sunday 6 September 2009.

Concerts begin at 8.00 p.m. on Friday with Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters featuring Roger Williams on Dobro (USA), GrassCountry with banjo virtuoso Roman Ac (SK), and singer-songwriter Stephen Simmons from East Nashville (USA).

Saturday's events begin with a Thanksgiving Party (including an Open Stage) for Eberhard Finke, who is retiring as editor of Bluegrass Bühne after twenty-nine years and 172 issues, though he will continue to write for the magazine. The programme then continues till midnight with bands including Driftwood, Foxchase, the Grassroots Philosopher (Olaf Glaesmer), Rüdiger Helbig & Huckleberry Five, Wolfram Hochstetter, Sacred Sounds Of Grass, and Zydeco Annie & the Swamp Cats (in their acoustic version).

At 10.00 a.m. on Sunday 6 September a religious service will be held with bluegrass and country gospel songs from Mandy Strobel and Sacred Sounds of Grass. A special event before the close of the Meeting will be a reunion-concert by Helmut & the Hillbillies. In the 1990s the band was considered one of the best European bluegrass groups, and often played for the Country & Western Friends.

More details and photos can be seen on the Friends' website or here.