Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Bluegrass Music Denmark: the turn of the year

Spencer Sorenson, EBMA national representative for Denmark, reports:

Bluegrass Music Denmark closed out our 2010 concert series with the annual Bluegrass Night on 26 November. We had a very good turnout, in spite of a terrific snowstorm. The concert featured three groups: the No Hard Times Bluegrass Band from Sweden, Rocks & Ivy from Belgium/Holland, and the Strings Alive band. Rocks & Ivy put on a fine show after a gruelling drive on snowy and icy roads here in Denmark. The Strings Alive band played several numbers from BMD board member Stefan Colind's new CD, The Strings Alive Project. Stefan's project consists of 14 original instrumental numbers, with a lot of interesting 'twists'. More information is available on the Strings Alive website.

For the occasion, Jesper Rübner-Petersen came 'home' from Germany to play guitar, and Thomas Haglund came down from Stockholm to play fiddle, as they do on the CD. Jesper Rübner-Petersen's book The mandolin picker's guide to bluegrass improvisation, from Mel Bay Publications, has received a lot of good reviews. It was good to see him back in Denmark at the Bluegrass Night.

Our spring concert series is set, and includes Downtown Ramblers from Sweden, and Special Consensus from USA, as well as several Danish groups, and we look forward to a fresh new year - 2011.