Wednesday, 4 November 2009

News from the 5th Picnic Festival, Namur, Belgium

Christoffer Olsson, Jimmy Sunnebrandt, and Erik Igelström of G2

Thanks to organiser Laurent Eckhout for news of the 5th Picnic Festival (Friday 4 September-Sunday 6 September 2009) at Namur, Belgium, which opened with the G2 Bluegrass Band playing in concert on Friday.

On Saturday, the usual 'bluegrass day' of the festival, Tabea Anderfuhren & Friends (her bass player, who accompanied her from Switzerland, and two Belgian musicians) played both on the main concert stage and in the 'Irish Pub' venue. Irish Grass (Steve Louvat, banjo; Philip Masure, guitar; Dirk Naessens, fiddle; Patrick Michiels, bodhran) combined bluegrass with traditional Irish music.

Rawhide (above), Belgium's oldest bluegrass band, with their great harmony vocals and amazing instrumentals, were followed by Jacques Stotzem, presenting acoustic arrangements for solo fingerstyle guitar of pop-rock hits from U2, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix, and similar sources, as on his Catch the spirit album. G2 wound up the bluegrass part of the festival with an exciting concert for a huge audience, and then jammed with other pickers until late into the night.

A fuller account will appear in Bluegrass Europe magazine. Laurent adds:

Next edition will happen on 3rd, 4th and 5th of September 2010. Welcome to all bluegrass, Celtic, and acoustic music fans!

Update 7 November 2009: In addition to the Picnic Festival website, Laurent sends this link to the website of the agency, whose photographers have taken fine photos of all the Picnic Festivals so far. Contact Laurent Eckhout by e-mail.