Sunday, 28 February 2010

ETSU band for Europe, Jan. 2011?

Cindy Musselwhite of the Musselwhite Family Bluegrass Band writes:

Hi Everyone!

I hope you've not forgotten us... It has been about five years since we left Europe.

Morgan, my oldest daughter, and fiddle player for our band (Musselwhite Family) is currently on scholarship at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in the bluegrass program. She is a sophomore (second year) and working with some incredible musicians. Right now her teacher is Hunter Berry (fiddler for Rhonda Vincent).

She has great memories of her time in Europe traveling and performing with her family at many of your concerts, and now she would like to come back over for tour with her current band of ETSU students. They are looking at early January next year, just before semester starts up again.

I'd like to know what might be available, who has interest in booking them for some shows - I know they'd love to do Schütte-Keller in Deutschland, something in Spain, Scotland, etc... Any contacts you could send would be appreciated.

You can see some of them performing at the Down Home on this YouTube clip. You can hear Morgan on our website also. This CD was cut about three years ago. Anyway, they are super and I know you'd love them and I look forward to hearing from you. All the best,

Cindy Musselwhite (e-mail)
The Musselwhite Family Bluegrass Band
'... Pickin' and grinnin' our way into your hearts'

Bordergrass - a new festival in England, 30 Apr.-1 May

Thanks to FOAOTMAD, the UK old-time music association, for passing on this news:

Sue Edwards of UK Autoharps informs of a new music festival: the 2010 Bordergrass Music Festival, held Friday 30 April-Saturday 1 May. This is at Hopelands Hall in the village of Weobley, Herefordshire, famous for its picturesque setting, and the centre of the ‘Black and White’ villages in the area.

There are evening concerts both days, and also free workshops on the Saturday afternoon with Mike Fenton, who is bringing 35 autoharps for new players to try. There are also workshops from Sarah McQuaid on DADGAD (Irish) Guitar and Old Time Band from the New Prohibition Band.

The Friday concert line up is the New Essex Bluegrass Band, Sarah McQuaid, the New Prohibition Band, Mike Fenton, and the Toy Hearts. The Saturday concert is the same lineup apart from the Toy Hearts, but also includes Hilary James & Simon Mayor [see photo above], and the Carrivick Sisters.

Details re camping and caravans, ticket prices, etc., are on this website, or phone +44 (0)1544 327936.

This new festival is a varied one, a blend of old-time, bluegrass, and folk, with a great lineup for the concerts, so do have a look at the website for full information.

Saturday, 27 February 2010

'Sunday Afternoon Breakdown' on the internet

Ernie & Debi Evans, whose 'Sunday Afternoon Breakdown' radio show was featured on the European Bluegrass Blog on 21 October 2009 under the title 'Good morning Europe', announce that from this Sunday, 28 Feb., the programme will be streaming live on the internet from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. EST, and can be accessed through this link.

Contact Ernie and Debi by e-mail.

Didmarton announce headline bands from the US

The Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (photo: Tim Benko)

Thanks to the organisers of the Didmarton Bluegrass Festival in England, for this news:

The 2010 festival is scheduled for 2-5 September, at the usual location, Kemble Airfield, and will feature the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band (Jody Stecher, Keith Little, and Paul Knight), the Claire Lynch Band, and Jack Lawrence, all from the US.

The UK lineup is no less prestigious with local heroes Bill Smarme & the Business, the Scoville Units, Salmagundi, the Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys, the Slowdown Boys, and a lot more to be confirmed.

Concerts will take place on two stages, with the main stage programme starting on Friday at lunchtime. The festival is also in negotiations with a top folk act for a separately billed concert on the evening of Thursday 2 September.

All the usual activities - dance, instrumental seminars, tuition tent - will be on the programme and we have placed our order for sunshine!

Tickets are on sale and a booking form is available on the website, where you can also keep up with the latest news.

Please also consider joining our festival forum if you want to make suggestions and comments about the event, it's your event too! There's a link on the website.

Details of the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band can be seen here.

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Lilly of the West joined by famous Irish musicians to celebrate St Patrick’s Day in Sofia, Bulgaria

Lilly of the West will perform at the Sofia City Art Gallery on 16 March, joined by Paul O'Shaughnessy (fiddle) and Larry Egan (accordion) as special guests from Ireland. Paul O’Shaughnessy has been a member of the legendary folk band Altan for several years. Larry Egan is featured on the acclaimed Kitchen recordings.

Lilly of the West will feature Lilly Drumeva (vocal, guitar, fiddle); Yasen Vasilev (guitar); Svoboda Bozduganova (upright bass); Michail Shishkov (piano, dobro guitar).

The concert is part of the Sofia Municipality Chamber Concert series. For further information please see Upcoming Events on the Irish Embassy website or contact Lilly Drumeva by e-mail. Lilly's original announcement (with band photo and St Patrick's Day decorations) can be read here.

European Bluegrass Directory, 2010/2011

A reminder that all entries for the eighth edition (2010/2011) of the EBMA's European Bluegrass Directory should be delivered to Thierry Schoysman not later than the end of this month, which is also the end of this week.

More details appeared on the EBB on 14 January 2010. Contact Thierry by e-mail.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Gerry O'Connor on tour!

Thanks to Chris Keenan for reporting the following:

BANJO TOUR! Hailed by the Wall Street Journal as 'the best ever banjoist in the history of Irish music', Gerry O'Connor will be on tour beginning March, in support of his most recent recording, High up - low down. The new CD features Gerry's unique treatment of Irish traditional music, American bluegrass, and ground-breaking new compositions.

Gerry's tour begins on Tues. 2 March at Whelan's in Dublin. Performing with him at Whelan's will be well renowned guitarist Tim Edey. Tickets €22. Doors open 8.00 p.m. Not to be missed!

The above photo shows Gerry O'Connor (standing, centre) in the finale of the 2008 Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Longford, Ireland; other banjoists visible are Barney McKenna (godfather of Irish tenor-banjo playing), Peter Wernick, and Bill Whelan of the Rough Deal String Band. Chris Keenan, who founded and organises the festival, was among those taking part in the recent European Bluegrass Summit.

Red Wine Bluegrass Party # 2 on 19-20 March 2010

Martino Coppo, lead singer and mandolinist of Red Wine (Italy), writes:

Dear Friends,

Attached please find all the information for 'The Red Wine Bluegrass Party #2', which will take place at Teatro della Gioventù in Genoa (Genova), Friday 19 and Saturday 20 March, 9.00 p.m., with special guests from San Francisco Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum!

Take a look at the newly designed website -

Ticket sales: online and

Theater and booking office hours
(from Tuesday to Saturday 4.30-7.00 p.m.
Sunday 3.00-6.30 p.m. and during shows)
Via Cesarea 16, 16121 Genoa
P +39 010 8936326
F +39 010 5848721

We'll wait you there!


Red Wine Website

Bluegrass Jamboree! in Basle - in pictures

Thanks to Paolo Dettwiler for this news:

The website of regional bluegrass association 'Bluegrass in Basel' has been updated to include a nice gallery of photos, taken by Beat Schmid of Switzerland, of the Bluegrass Jamboree 2009 festivities which took in place in Basel on Sunday 13 December 2009 - the only show in Switzerland of Rainer Zellner's tour. Tentative plans are to have the Jamboree back in December 2010. And here's the link.

Sample photo above: mandolin climax at the finale, with Hannah Johnson (UK), Rainer Zellner, Carl Jones (USA), Mike Guggino (USA)

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Beppe Gambetta Acoustic Nights, May 2010

Italian guitar wizard Beppe Gambetta has scheduled a series of Acoustic Nights 10 'Il decennale!', to take place in Italy in early May 2010. The concerts will feature Patty Larkin (USA), Mike Marshall (USA), Tony McManus (Scotland), Bruce Molsky (USA), and Darrell Scott (USA). The dates are:

Tues. 4 May Maison Musique, Turin (Torino), Italy, 21:00

Thurs. 6 May-Sun. 9 May Teatro della Corte, Genoa (Genova), Italy: 20:30 (6, 7, 8 May) and 16:00 (9 May)

More details, including links for online booking, are here.

Beppe Gambetta website

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Smith & Jones in Europe, Sept.-Oct. 2010

Thanks to FOAOTMAD, the UK old-time music association, for the news that Beverly Smith & Carl Jones (who were part of the first Bluegrass Jamboree! package tour in December 2009) will be playing several dates in England and Wales on either side of the week which they spend teaching at the old-time music camp in Andalusia, Spain (see the EBB for 28 Jan. 2010):

Sept. 2 The Wolf Folk Club, Wolferton, near Kings Lynn
Sept. 3 The Milkmaid, Bury St Edmunds
Sept. 4 The Cellar, London
Sept. 6 Galeri, Caernarfon
Sept. 9 The Trades Club, Hebden Bridge
Sept. 10 The Floor, St Michaels, Tenbury Wells
Sept. 11 Presteigne, Powys
Sept. 15 What's Cookin', London
Sept. 16 The Prom, Bristol
Sept. 17-20 Cornish Bluegrass Festival
Sept. 25-Oct. 2 Old-time week in Andalusia
Oct. 5 Dartford Folk Club, Dartford

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Kathy Kallick Band in Europe, May 2010: update

As posted last month and on 3 Feb., the Kathy Kallick Band bring their brand of 'hot bluegrass & cool originals' to Europe in May 2010. Kathy previously toured Europe four times with the Good Ol' Persons and twice with the Kathy Kallick Band. Kathy and the band will bring with them a brand-new album, Between the hollow & the high-rise, with a number of new Kathy compositions and significant contributions from everyone in the band.

Their European tour now includes shows in these places:

May 6: Denmark
May 7: Copenhagen, Denmark
May 8: Spring Bluegrass Festival - Willisau, Switzerland
May 9: Basel/Binningen, Switzerland
May 10: La Roche-sur-Foron, France
May 11: Leipheim/Danube, Germany
May 12: Dortmund, Germany
May 13: Valthermond, Netherlands
May 14: European World Of Bluegrass, Voorthuizen, Netherlands
*May 15-17, May 19: TBA
May 18: Hoofddorp, Netherlands
May 20: Aubinges, France
May 21: Preaux, France
May 22: Arleuf, France

For this tour, Kathy is joined by band members Dan Booth (bass, vocals), Greg Booth (dobro, banjo, vocals), and Annie Staninec (fiddle), plus special guest Martino Coppo (mandolin, vocals).

The band performs Kathy's song 'Wildflowers' on 30 Aug. 2009 on YouTube. The band's electronic press kit (with five tracks from their forthcoming album) is here.

Thank you & please don't hesitate to contact me for additional information and/or to inquire about bookings.

Peter Thompson (e-mail)

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Danilo Cartia Band schedule, Feb.-Mar. 2010

The Danilo Cartia Band (Italy), led by banjoist Danilo Cartia, will be playing at 22:00 on 18 Feb. 2010 at the Cantine Blues, Via della Batteria Nomentana, 66/68 Rome. Admission free. Info: 349/6694810.

Other upcoming dates on the band's schedule include:

26 Feb. Teatro Spaziozero, Via delle Regioni, 10 Cisterna di Latina (LT), 21:00
28 Feb. Bluegrass Jam, Cantine Blues, Via della Batteria Nomentana, 66/68, Rome, 22:00. Info: 349/6694810
11 Mar. Auditorium 'Due Pini', Via Zandonai, 2 Rome, 21:00
21 Mar. Bibenda Cafè, Via Appia sud, 28 - Km 42900, Velletri, 22:00
27 Mar. The Stage Pub, Via degli Olmetti, Formello (RM), 22:00
28 Mar. Bluegrass Jam, Cantine Blues, Via della Batteria Nomentana, 66/68 Rome, 22:00

Danilo Cartia website
ph. / fax +39 06 8273332
mob. +39 339 6908450

Sunday, 14 February 2010

2nd European Bluegrass Summit at Bühl, Germany, 5–7 Feb. 2010

Summit attenders on the Schütte-Keller stage after the concert on 6 Feb. (photo: Daniela Busam)

Following the success of the first European Bluegrass Summit in February 2009, a second Summit was held on 5-7 February 2010 under the auspices of the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA), with objectives that included the following:

* To provide an opportunity for a wide audience of up to forty participants to meet face to face, bond, and get to know each other,
* To follow up on issues and decisions taken at last year’s summit, and to identify and explore other areas of common concern,
* To exchange information about existing local projects to provide tool kits to each other.

As in 2009, Bühl/Baden, in southern Germany, was the location. Bühl city council, which hosts the annual Bühl International Bluegrass Festival, placed first-rate facilities in Bühl Civic Centre at the disposal of the Summit, free of charge. Thirty people from twelve countries - including Rienk Janssen, IBMA board member, and John Wirtz, chair of the IBMA international committee - came at their own expense to take active part in the Summit, and were welcomed to Bühl by the mayor, Herr Hans Striebel. In two days of intense discussion, participants identified the following subjects as matters of priority, and examined them in working groups:

* Associations and membership, including the future structure of the EBMA and its relationship with national associations;
* The future form of a European bluegrass magazine and website;
* The involvement of young people in bluegrass;
* Festivals (including sponsorship and legal issues) and the promotion in the US of bluegrass from Europe and other non-US regions.

A bluegrass concert starring Blackjack (CZ), sponsored by the city of Bühl and provided free of charge to the Summit and its participants, was held on Saturday 6 February at 8.00 p.m. in the Schütte-Keller, a focal point of bluegrass activity in Bühl.

At 1.00 p.m. on Sunday 7 February, proceedings ended among a general spirit of friendship and common purpose. The work groups will continue to develop proposals to the EBMA board or for a more general purpose. There was full agreement that the second Summit had been successful in carrying constructive cooperation a stage further, and plans are being made for a third Summit in February 2010. Comments from attenders included:

'I am really pleased with some of the points discussed at this second meeting and it is obvious that we now have an established event to allow for open discussion of the issues that concern us all in Europe and in our different countries.'
'I think we've placed another milestone in establishing a Pan-European bluegrass awareness and legacy, and I see our small but strong community making each time little but significant steps forward.'
'I'm really excited about the next two years and I think Buhl is going to become a central part of the European bluegrass calendar.'
'Good meeting and I feel good about the future.'
'I was so moved all three days feeling the European spirit during the discussions and during the jam sessions.'

Many photos taken during the Summit, a report by Friedrich Hog (in German) on the Blackjack concert, and coverage in the local press can all be seen here.

Friday, 12 February 2010

The Lindisfarne guitar

Bill Monroe, with his respect for the 'ancient tones', might approve of this influence from eighth-century Europe on a modern American instrument.

Larry Robinson of California is an acknowledged master of inlay work on musical instruments. His latest project is inspired by one of the art treasures of the so-called 'Dark Ages' - the Book of Lindisfarne, a copy of the Four Gospels, written and illuminated by the Anglo-Saxon bishop Eadfrith (d. 721) of Lindisfarne, north-east England.

Robinson studied Eadfrith's style and technique in minute detail before translating the scribe's artistry into inlay on a guitar. A detail of the back is shown in this photo; more photos of the instrument and the work in progress are here. Thanks to the Bluegrass Blog for this news.

Thursday, 11 February 2010

Jan Johansson hospitalised

Thanks to Richard F Thompson of the BBMA for this news:

As some may already know, Swedish-born Jan Johansson [above], a multi-instrumentalist and fiddle teacher based in Cary, North Carolina, was diagnosed in 2008 as needing a heart transplant.

On 29 December Johansson was admitted to UNC Hospital and placed at the top of the list for a heart transplant. However, a match has not yet been found and last week the doctors decided to implant a heart pump as an interim measure. This will provide Johansson some stability for his condition, but he still needs a heart transplant. He will remain on the heart transplant list, although as a lower priority.

Johansson will be in the hospital for about two more weeks. News 14 Carolina recently broadcast a report about Johansson’s hospitalisation.

Please keep Jan and his wife, Theresa, in your thoughts and prayers.

Wednesday, 10 February 2010

New Acoustic Gallery newsletter, Feb. 2010

The New Acoustic Gallery (NAG) in Solingen, Germany, invites readers of its February newsletter to say what artists they wish to see at the Gallery, and in what styles of music: 'Bluegrass? Jazz? Swing? Happyfeetjamgrass?'

Events already scheduled for 2010 include a concert by the Trio Vibracao on 13 November and a mandolin workshop with Jesper R. from 12 to 14 November. The NAG will have a presence at two major festivals: the European World of Bluegrass at Voorthuizen, the Netherlands (13-15 May) and the Eurofestival Zupfmusik in Bruchsal (3-5 June).

New products in the NAG include mandolins (right) by the Canadian luthier Michael Heiden (as used by John Reischmann); K & K pickups for guitar, banjo, and mandolin; tuners, metronomes, armrests, tailpieces, capos, and picks; books ranging from The Beatles for banjo to Jim Mills's Gibson Mastertone banjo book; and CDs by Mike Marshall and others.

For more details, see the NAG website or contact

Oliver Waitze
New Acoustic Gallery
Neuenhofer Str. 122
42657 Solingen
+49 (0)212/2474007

Bluegrass jam at Heidelberg, 11 Feb. 2010

Patrick Russell of the Just Grass bluegrass band sends out this invitation:

Hello bluegrass music lovers,

Heidelberg Bluegrass Stammtisch hosts Chris Weller and Patrick Russell warmly welcome you to join us to our monthly bluegrass jam at the local Rod & Gun Club, 11 Feb. - starting about 7.00 p.m. We welcome all area bluegrass musicians from Frankfurt to Stuttgart, and from both sides of the Rhein River, to join us for the only bluegrass jam of its kind in Germany.

The best thing for you - it's free! That's right, musicians from four or five local bands join together to enjoy a jam together. The restaurant will serve food and beverages as you like, including an American-style hamburger.

Other upcoming bluegrass events:

11 Apr. 26122 Oldenburg - The Gibson Brothers, from upstate New York. I have seen this band perform and the show is first-class. They have five or six CDs to their credit, with Bona fide a wonderful work. The Staatstheater is a super venue for music.

14-15 May 77815 Buhl International Bluegrass Festival. A beautiful town near Baden-Baden and six bluegrass bands - three USA and three European bands - offering two days of bluegrass music enjoyment. A must-see.

If you require more information, please let me know. Hope to see you Thursday night at the R&G. Grass on!

Contact Patrick by e-mail.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

New banjo DVD from Jens Kruger

As announced today on the Bluegrass Blog, Homespun Tapes have just released a new banjo instruction method, Jens Kruger’s banjo method for beginners, subtitled An easy and joyful way to start picking. Homespun says:

His is a completely different approach to learning to play the banjo: it’s liberating, inspiring, and will allow anyone to make music in minutes.

This is available from Homespun as a DVD or by direct download, and also from Amazon.

The Kruger Brothers will also be touring Europe in late March 2010. According to their schedule page (where more details are given), the dates are as follows:

Sat. 20 Mar. Eagle Music Shop Event, West Yorkshire, UK
Wed. 24 Mar. Tell Schauspielhaus, Altdorf UR, Switzerland
Fri. 26 Mar. Stadtcasino, Basel, Switzerland
Sat. 27 Mar. Yehudi Menuhin Forum, Bern, Switzerland
Sun. 28 Mar. Tonhalle, Kammermusiksaal, Zürich, Switzerland
Tues. 30 Mar. Prague, CZ; details TBA
Wed. 31 Mar. Bratislava, Slovakia; details TBA

Monday, 8 February 2010

Sons of Navarone UK tour February 2010

Richard F Thompson of the BBMA forwards this news:

You are invited to an evening of bluegrass music with the Sons of Navarone, one of Europe’s top bands.

This Belgium-based bluegrass band have been in existence since 2001 and since then they have successfully taken part and left their mark in many parts of the European music scene. These guys stand for WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get). Well played acoustic bluegrass music, with outstanding close harmony singing that has become their trademark.

The tour starts off with a private concert at RAF Headley Court – the Armed Forces Medical Rehabilitation Centre - and then moves on to:

Tues. 16 Feb. Sutton Scotney Village Hall, Winchester, Hampshire
Wed. 17 Feb. The Castle Inn, Swansea Road, Pontlliw, Swansea
Thurs. 18 Feb. The Grove Inn, Back Row, David Street, Leeds
Fri. 19 Feb. Wellington Arts Centre, Eight Acre Lane, Wellington, Somerset (with Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys)

The Sons put on a great show with their interactive rapport with the audience and their onstage humour keeps the audience sharp and on the edge of their seats. As well as traditional and contemporary bluegrass, the SONS also perform songs from other musical genres but giving them their own special bluegrass arrangements.

Full details on the Sons' website.

Friday, 5 February 2010

Jerry Alsford (UK)

Thanks to Dave Morris of the MORRIS BOYS writing to our organisation informing us all of the death of Jerry Alsford.

'Jerry was in our bluegrass band from the early 1970s until a few years ago. Jerry was one of the best bluegrass fiddle players in the UK until his untimely passing only a few weeks ago. He was a player that came out from the classical field into bluegrass with honors. He did his bluegrass apprenticeship with our band under the guidance of Trevor and Glyn Morris and Dave Hatfield and myself. He worked with the SOUTHERN RAMBLERS, another of the early British bluegrass bands in the 1960s who helped shape bluegrass in the UK for a period of time. He rejoined the MORRIS BOYS after being a pro fiddle player with a country band on the circuit, but his love of playing bluegrass with our band led the way for the Morris brothers minus Trevor, who is currently with MATCHING TIES by the way, to play at all the major UK festivals and US festivals in Rosine, Kentucky.

He found happiness in his retirement after being a technical-commercial artist in his new canal boat called 'Roanoke', in which he traveled the UK until his passing. Jerry will be sadly missed by the many friends in the business who played alongside him and not forgetting his family and close friends in Leigh-on Sea, Essex, England.
Yours, Dave Morris

PS: I think this letter will carry the sentiment of all UK bluegrass players and the audiences who Jerry played for.'

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Sore Fingers Week (5-9 April 2010): latest news

If you're thinking of attending Europe's premier bluegrass/old-time instrument instruction course, here's an update from the Sore Fingers Week organisers:

The old-time classes are doing reasonably well but are still low on numbers, especially the fiddle. If you are planning to book, please let us know of your commitment as soon as possible please. We could do with about seven fiddle students and five banjo students to make things work out.

Bluegrass fiddle is looking a bit sad as well this year, and if you fancy learning how to play the fiddle without retuning every five minutes (no offence intended towards the OT fiddlers!), why not have a go with Brian Wicklund on the bluegrass fiddle course. Brian is a great teacher.

Other courses that could do with a boost are singing (Chris Stuart and Janet Beazley), Bass (with Eric Thorin) and Autoharp (with Cathy Britell).

Stewart Williams has had to pull out of teaching this year due to personal reasons outside of his control. We will be replacing him with a small team of tutors but the course will be taught as a group.

Finally, I’m pleased to announce that Mike Compton has agreed to take on a second class of mandolin players. Mike is probably one of the best exponents of 'old-time' mandolin playing around; and if you play the instrument in an old-time setting, he comes highly recommended.

In closing, I just want to remind people that we are able to run classes with low numbers as those that fill up (like bluegrass banjo for instance) allow us to offset the losses. That is what has happened in the past when old-time classes have not attracted enough students. But with a recession and people quite understandably worried about their jobs, bookings are generally down across the board, that cross subsidy is less available to us. So we do need your continued support.

Thanks in advance,

John & Moira

Unique Americana fusion band planning 2011 European tour

Thanks to Adrian Trbovich of the Turbo Pro Project for this information about an upcoming tour next year.

The Turbo Pro Project, a cutting-edge act that features a banjo player and DJ, is planning a 2011 tour of Switzerland, Germany, and possibly France. They are open to festivals, house concerts, and other venues. Solicitations are welcome from venues and promoters. For more information visit the Project website.

All inquiries can be submitted to Adrian by e-mail.

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Suzanne and Jim on YouTube

Suzanne and Jim (USA), whom many will remember from their appearances at the EWOB Festival and elsewhere in Europe during 2007, send Glorious Ground Hog Day greetings to their friends, together with the news that they can be seen playing 'Si bheag, si mhor' here - the first upload on their own YouTube channel.

Monday, 1 February 2010

IBMA asks (and answers): 'Where are we?'

Thanks to Dan Hays, executive director of IBMA, who has issued the following figures:

Top 10 Locations of IBMA Professional Members in countries other than the US:

Canada - 47
Japan - 15
Australia - 13
England - 13
Italy - 9
Denmark - 7
Germany - 7
Switzerland - 7
Netherlands - 6
Ireland - 6

Norway, France, and the Czech Republic would tie for the top 10 with just a couple more pro members.

We have pro members in 22 countries and are especially proud of our 1 member in South America (Brazil). I believe he has more square miles to cover than anyone!

The EBB cordially supports the South American member, Erio Meili of Brazil's Sao Paulo Bluegrass Music Association, who replies to Dan Hays: 'Cheers and keep up with your good job.'

Mike Compton and David Grier in Finland, June-July 2010

Thanks to Timo Hannula, artist director of Haapavesi Folk, for the news that Mike Compton (USA) and David Grier (USA) will be at the Festival from 28 June to 4 July 2010, teaching and performing.

Mike Compton is the acknowledged master of mandolin music in the style of Bill Monroe, and David Grier is a three-time winner of the IBMA Guitar Player of the Year award.

Contact Timo Hannula
Haapavesi Folk
Haapaveden Kamariorkesteri
Haapaveden Pikkupelimannit
Lallunniementie 2
86600 Haapavesi
+358 447591298; +358 84591298; e-mail