On Friday & Saturday, May 6 & 7, 2011 there will be an International gathering of bluegrass music fans, friends, musicians and professional performers in The Netherlands to honor Rienk Janssen and his "Strictly Country" magazine. Rienk retired the magazine (the oldest and only major Dutch bluegrass publication) in February after 40 years and 240 issues.
Strictly Country and founder/owner Rienk Janssen have been a major force in Europe's bluegrass history since the earliest days of booking Euro tours for American artists, sponsoring and producing various concerts & festivals, founding the Strictly Country Records label and so much more.
Rienk states he will continue his work and hold his positions with the EBMA and IBMA. He will also continue his retail music CD, LP and book business, as well as his mail order auction. Rienk has unveiled a new website as he continues along his bluegrass journey: strictlycountry.nl.
The SC Farewell Reunion Festival will be held at the Theater Muzeval in Emmen, NL. There are currently 26 performers on the schedule, performing on two stages. Among the artists are Bill Clifton & Pick Of The Crop (USA/Europe) with Jean-Blaise Rochat, Jerry Gout & Kevin Lynch; White Mountain Bluegrass (USA); Sally Jones & The Sidewinders (USA); Rawhide (B) and perhaps some surprises along the way.
There will be jam sessions, workshops, activities for kids and more.
Surely stories and memories will be flowing at this special event as people get reacquainted with Rienk Janssen -- and with each other. It is safe to say some people will connect for the first time after many years. A genuine music reunion will take place in Emmen!
Festival tickets for both days is €20 in advance, €25 at the venue. Various single day tickets are also available.
See the strictlyfestival.nl website for all the information you may need.