Thursday, 31 December 2009

New website for the Al Ras Festival, Barcelona

Thanks to Lluis Antonio Gomez Martinez for the news that the annual Al Ras Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival at Barcelona, Spain, now has a new website which carries information about the Festival and also about all bluegrass and old-time activity in the Barcelona area.

Readers can register to be informed of any new developments. The website is in Spanish, Catalan, and English. Its mission statement on the home page points out that the main purposes of the festival are to raise public awareness of the music, to bring people together to enjoy it, and to encourage and inform

groups and individuals who play these musical styles in our land, helping them to show their performances and music-making. Al Ras is a meeting place, even once a year, to enjoy all this and both the performer and listener are able to make friends. Guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins, dobro, bass, accordions, bagpipes...

Eight Al Ras festivals have been held so far; the ninth will be held on 6 November 2010.