Tuesday, 29 December 2009

Bluegrass Jamboree! 2009 - and 2010

Rainer Zellner of the Music Contact agency reports:

The first tour of the annual 'Bluegrass Jamboree! - Festival of Bluegrass and Americana Music' is over!

December: 15 shows in 16 days: enthusiastic audiences applauded wildly and never let the musicians go before at least four encores were played. The theaters, concert halls, and art centers held between eighty and 450 people, mostly new to bluegrass. And they have been won over!

Everybody was thrilled by the program that featured the archaic old-time and early golden era of country music sounds presented by Beverly Smith & Carl Jones. Quite a few eyebrows were raised when the bluegrass girls [of the Toy Hearts] from Birmingham, England, entered the stage for their unique mix of grassy originals and a new hybrid called Gypsy Grass! Headlining were the Steep Canyon Rangers, who impressed not only the bluegrass novices with their tight and powerful appearance, great vocals, hot instrumental breaks and catchy songwriting. The festival finale session [photo above] brought all eleven musicians back with some mandolin licks added by promoter and MC Rainer Zellner.

The crowd had a great time and everybody joined in when the final song 'Will the circle be unbroken' rounded out the evenings. For all fluent in German there is a tour blog with some fotos, a flickr photo set will be up soon too, and there is already some footage on YouTube.

Radio WDR3 will broadcast two hours of the show, including interviews, on 17 January, 20:05-22:00. I am sure you can listen online.

The edition 2010 will be booked very soon and will tour in December again. We would definitely like to expand to other European countries.

A tour blog in English for 4-11 December is on the Toy Hearts website.