Monday, 15 November 2010

The bluegrass year ahead in Switzerland

Kent Miller of the Swiss Bluegrass Music Association reports:

The Swiss Bluegrass Music Association held its Fan Fest last Saturday (13 Nov.). It was a successful and pleasant evening with many old friends and faces and a few new ones enjoying the open mic groups, showcases, jamming, flea market and, of course, food and drink.

We started the Bill Monroe anniversary year with a brainstorming session with professional members before the Fan Fest opened to the public. Since our steering committee barely has the capacity to get the daily work done, we will be setting up a one-year committee to guide us through the many ideas for projects surrounding the year of Bill Monroe. We hope to be able to do smallish projects and maybe even a couple bigger things that should make the year special.

In other news:

One of the first BG bands in Switzerland (if not the first) was the Country Pickers. The SBMA sponsored their farewell concert way back in 1996. The band has now regrouped with some original members and will be on the road again after sixteen years of 'retirement'.

Sunny Mountain Grass, the talented band from eastern Switzerland, will be at the festival in Bühl, Germany, this spring. This marks the first Swiss band to appear at the excellent festival.

Monroe Crossing (USA) will be in Zurich and Basel in February.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (USA) will be in Schaffhausen, Kammgarn, on 17 Dec. 2010 with the BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE 2010.

Wishing everyone a good bluegrass winter and Happy Thanksgiving,

Kent Miller
Lochhübel 174
5112 Thalheim AG
e-mail

Swiss Bluegrass Music Association (SBMA)
Bluegrass Radio Show (19.00 Sundays, 15.00 Mondays); e-mail