I'm just back from the 3rd edition of the Munich Bluegrass Festival held on the Hausler Hof, a farm in the green but actually quite close to Munich airport, and presented by the Munich Bluegrass Friends.
|Ronny Nash & Whiteline Casanovas|
A great and inspiring moment was the lively presentation by 5-year old Niklaus, a student of Rupert Paulik's teaching programme, in particular his natural leader-attitude on stage impressed both audience and backup 'staff'. The future of bluegrass seems in safe hands in Munich!
|Tennessee Stud (F)|
Saturday with European bands - from Austria the Carolina Ramblers, Lambergrass from Italy, and MoonRise from Switzerland and as a closing highlight Album from the Czech Republic - reflected the broad spectrum of our music and the great networking that can happen at such a festival, as ties and commitments were made between bands and other festivals in Germany and Switzerland (a great development which was especially noted by the EBMA chairperson present).
The nightly jam sessions on Friday and especially Saturday kept many from sleeping, but nevertheless the festival went on Sunday morning not only presenting the best of local bluegrass bands but also the local mayor, Mr Klaus Stallmeister of Hallbergmoos, who figured as patron of the festival. He even showed musical talent by adding washboard to the Farmer's Breakfast band and a great song delivery of 'The auctioneer'.
The festival is definitely on track now and one can look forward to the 4th edition in 2012. Make sure not to miss this opportunity again; experience the local hospitality and the great food on the Hausler Hof. Thank you for such a great event!
3rd time patron of Munich Bluegrass Festival