Monday, 22 March 2010

28th Big Bear Festival - May 24, 2010

EBMA board member, IBMA award winner Rienk Janssen (of Strictly Country magazine) has released his festival information for the 28th Big Bear Festival, May 24 in the Netherlands. Rienk and a small group of organizers have produced the Big Bear Festival in Zuidlaren, NL since 1982. Strictly Country has been the major sponsor of the festival. The headline act is “Hungry Hill” from Canada.

Rienk Janssen started his magazine in the early 1960’s. Strictly Country evolved into a booking agency in the 1970s – 1990s, as well as a recording company. However Rienk currently focuses his energy on his EBMA duties, the SC magazine, a quarterly bluegrass & country music related mail order auction, and retail sales of his huge inventory of books, recordings, videos, etc.

All information for this year’s one-day event (including the full program roster) may be found at the Strictly Country website: It’s always a fine intimate gathering and, if the weather cooperates, the festival is held outdoors.