Sunday, 27 February 2011

Paolo Dettwiler - to fresh woods and pastures new

'Where would we be without the foresight and energy of Paolo Dettwiler?' These words begin a major feature and interview by Richard F Thompson in Bluegrass Europe #78 (Feb.-Mar. 2011) - the last issue to be edited by Paolo Dettwiler, who founded the magazine and has published and edited it for thirteen years.

Paolo has been the driving force behind many other initiatives for bluegrass music in Europe and abroad, in positions that include founder member and president of the Swiss Bluegrass Music Association, founder member and chairman of the European Bluegrass Network and EBMA, and international board member of the IBMA. He is the talent organiser for the annual Spring Bluegrass Festival Willisau, and recently resumed playing music with his father as members of the reactivated Country Pickers (CH).

Paolo contributes a valedictory editorial to Bluegrass Europe #78, which is also the last issue to appear in conjunction with the German-language magazine Bluegrass Bühne and the Dutch Strictly Country (where Rienk Janssen is retiring after forty years as editor). The first magazine to be devoted to bluegrass music throughout Europe, Bluegrass Europe remains unique and will continue as a quarterly under a new editorial team with many new features, free to members of the EBMA and available on subscription to non-members. For more details, see the Bluegrass Europe page on the EBMA website.