Thursday, 1 July 2010

Bluegrass news from Belgium

Thierry Schoysman reports:

Those of you who were at Voorthuizen will have noticed the biggest personnel change in Rawhide (above) since 1991. Dimi on bass and Jeff on mandolin join forces with Bert, Dirk, Dickie and Thierry to ensure the continuity of the special blend of bluegrass Rawhide has been renowned for. The new guys fit the picture in all senses of the word. The audience at the wonderful Coastline bluegrass festival in North Wales (held on 4-6 June) can testify.

Dimi Laveren (38): bass and vocals

Dimi decided at age of 6 to become a singer. He received his first guitar at 10, and after a few boring years at music school and violent electric noises in obscure underground places, the bass seemed to be his instrument of predilection. As a bassist / singer he evolved from metal to rock to pop to folk to country and at last - his favourite style - bluegrass! The 'metal of country', as he calls it. Dimi is also playing with Kandoris.

Jeff Cardey (35) : mandolin, guitar, and vocals

Jeff, born in Winnipeg, Canada, has been a member of various musical groups in a broad range of styles from classical to jazz and fusion and has played solo mandolin with the Toronto Mandolin Orchestra. Bluegrass slowly came into his life through Irish and then old time music. He taught himself mandolin after completing his studies in classical guitar at the Toronto University The love for his wife brought him to Europe, and the love for bluegrass to Rawhide!!!

The Sons of Navarone surprised the magnificent Bühl festval with their strong harmony vocals and comedy show. The reviews in the local newspapers were full of praise for this first appearance of the Sons on German soil. Thanks to the record sale of 77 CDs at Bühl, the first print of 1000 copies of the album At last! was sold out in only two years.

Bluegrass in Belgium also reports:

July 1 The Sons of Navarone in Brasschaat = TONIGHT!!!
July 15 Rawhide in Mortsel
July 18 The Sons of Navarone in Bonheiden
July 21 The Sons of Navarone in Antwerp

Details on the Bluegrass in Belgium calendar.