Wednesday, 18 May 2011

News from France

Christopher Howard-Williams of the FBMA reports:

The line up for La Roche Bluegrass Festival (3-7 August) has been finalised and is available on the website. From the US, Kathy Kallick Band [left] is topping the bill with Hickory Project and the Field-Thompson band. The headline acts from Europe include G-Runs 'n Roses (contest winners 2010), Bluegrass 43, and Howlin' Fox. In all, 30 bands from 13 different countries are playing for one hour each, with 10 participating in the contest final.

A variety of food and drink is available on site as well as an instrument depot and play areas for kids. This is a family-friendly festival with camping possibilities nearby. As always, entrance to the entire festival is FREE.

The La Roche Bluegrass Workshop will run from 2 to 4 August. After a successful workshop in 2010, Hickory Project are back to lead the classes. They will be supported by Sue Thompson (singing) and James Field (rhythm guitar), Pierre-Yves Lechat (banjo), and Pierre Bastide (dobro).

The focus of the workshop is on improvising and getting away from tablatures. Teachers and students all stay in the school so there is almost 24/7 tuition. The students play a short set to open the festival on Thursday evening. Cost is €95 for three days + €75 for full accommodation for three nights. For further details, please contact Pierre Bastide (e-mail).

As usual, France's finest and most important Country Rendez-Vous at Craponne (29-31 July) saves time for some great bluegrass with Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Kathy Kallick Band, and Tennessee Stud. Bluegrass Deluxe and Howlin' Fox are playing the free concerts downtown. Camping available on site.