Sunday, 28 August 2011

Liz Meyer 1952 - 2011

It is with great sadness that we hear about the death of Liz Meyer after a long and brave fight with illness.
Liz Meyer, at 8th EWOB (2005), picture courtesy of Lilly Pavlak
Liz was one of a small group of American Bluegrass lovers who dedicated a great deal of time to promoting the music she loved in Europe. She did this not only by playing and recording on the old continent but she went even further by setting up her home here and by becoming a driving force in helping the growth of Bluegrass music across the whole of Europe.
The EWOB festival in Voorthuizen has become a major event on the international Bluegrass calendar and many musicians and bands in Europe owe their current success to her efforts. 

Ronald Groot, chairman of the EWOB Festival, Voorthuizen, NL, writes:
"Dear all, again the Board of the EWOB-festival Voorthuizen has been struck in the heart.
Friday night, Liz Meyer, driving force behind EWOB-Voorthuizen, has lost her struggle that she fought the last couple of years. Even her great and exceptional mental strength was not enough to defend her body.
Liz will be greatly missed not only by her natural family, but of course also by her bluegrass family.
European Bluegrass has lost one of its best ambassadors.
With a sad hart
On behalf of the EWOB-board,
Ronald Groot"

Liz will be sadly missed by the whole Bluegrass community on both sides of the Atlantic and our thoughts are with her husband Pieter Groenveld at this sad time.