Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Bluegrass news from France

Christopher Howard-Williams of the France Bluegrass Musique Association (FBMA) reports:

After a great summer with the Craponne Country Rendez-Vous (Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Kathy Kallick Band) and a successful La Roche Bluegrass Festival (congratulations to contest winners Blackjack), France is winding down towards winter.

There have been some excellent workshops over the summer with the La Roche Bluegrass Camp, Bluegrass Nature (run by the musicians of Banjomaniacs), Bill Keith's banjo workshop at La Tannerie (Bourg en Bresse). Also the local associations have been busy with their 'weekend at home' bluegrass jams, with one in Alsace (August) and one in the south-west (September).

To find out more about these events and to see about future events, check out the FBMA website and follow the links to the events or to the lively discussion forum. Upcoming events worth noting are:

26-29 Oct. 8th International Mandolin Festival at Lunel with Mike Marshall (USA) and Hamilto de Holanda (Brazil), in the south of France between Nimes and Montepellier;

9 Nov. Gillian Welch & Dave Rawlings in concert at Paris (;

10-13 Nov. FBMA's annual Winter Bluegrass Weekend at Vichy. Mainly a weekend of jamming in and around the main Omnisports centre with accommodation on site and, hopefully, a big-name band for the Saturday evening concert.