Monday, 27 December 2010

Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike in new UK festival

Thanks to Dee Hallett (UK; former editor of the e-newsletter 'Bluegrass & MORE') for her good wishes for 'a truly wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy new year'. Dee adds:

Do look out for the brand new bluegrass festival being organised by Bath City Council - under the guidance of music historian/ radio presenter/ recording artist and city councillor Bryan Chalker - who says he is pleased to confirm that revered veteran British performer Brian Golbey has been added to the cast of 'Bath's Bluegrass Festival & Appalachian Celebrations' set for 19, 20, and 21 May 2011 and starring one of the USA's top bluegrass & Americana artistes - Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike [photo], featuring Becky Buller.

The main concert venue in Bath will be the prestigious Forum, a former Art-Deco cinema with a 1,500 capacity. Other performers, including British groups, will be announced in due course. The Festival will include workshops for banjo (three-finger style and clawhammer), mandolin, fiddle, guitar, autoharp, close-harmony singing, and buck-dancing (clogging) at smaller venues throughout the city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The new Bath bluegrass festival will be coordinated with the Bath International Guitar Festival. Bryan Chalker announces:

... I am also hoping to bring over Bill Clifton and Jimmy Gaudreau for 2012 and also venture into Cajun territory. It must be stated that I do intend to support the British acoustic music movement, as well as featuring American performers. A gospel element will also be included - and Bath's magnificent Abbey has shown interest in the bluegrass project! I'd like to take this opportunity to thank Dee Hallett and John Wirtz [BBMA chairman] for their support and help in this exciting project.

Update 28 Dec. 2010: Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike are the second bluegrass band to become available as an 'app' on smart phones - the first was the young North Carolina band Nu-Blu. For more details, including news of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, read here.