Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Foreign Affairs - International presence at IBMA's World of Bluegrass

Rienk Janssen, EBMA board member and International member of the IBMA board, sends this message to all IBMA members from outside the USA:

I was happy to see quite many of you in Nashville, a few weeks ago, during the IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2011. Also, some of you either brought or sent materials for us to use at our booth, and/or in the After Hours showcase room. Thank you very much! I received materials from:

Bluegrass Association of Canada
Boet'n Deure (The Netherlands)
Downtown Ramblers (Sweden)
European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA)
EBMA's Festival Network
EWOB Festival (The Netherlands)
Grass Pistols (Russia)
Honeygrass (Canada)
La Roche Bluegrass Festival (France)
Karen Lynne (Australia)
Risor Bluegrass Festival (Norway)
Niall Toner Band (Ireland)
April Verch Band (Canada)
WiesBand Bielany (Poland)

Thanks to the bands who performed during our 'Foreign Affairs' after-hours showcases:

BRIE (Banjo Revolution International Ensemble)
Della Mae (USA)
Grant Gordy Quartet (USA)
Grass Pistols (Russia)
Brittany Haas & Lauren Rioux (USA)
Jean-Luc Leroux (New Caledonia) & Jean-Marie Redon (France)
Janet McGarry & Serge Bernard (Canada)
Milk Drive (USA)
Monogram (Czech Republic)
Jean-Marie Redon, Sharon Lombardi & James Field (France)
Special Consensus (USA)
Spinney Brothers (Canada)
Niall Toner Band (Ireland)
April Verch Band (Canada)

Last but not least, my sincere thanks to those who have helped financially with the cost of the showcase room, and to our partner host Tom Nechville of Nechville Instruments!

We are already thinking about next year. If you have ideas about how to make the international presence better and more impressive, let's hear from you.

Our French friends of the La Roche Bluegrass Festival came up with the idea of combining the musical input with some touristic promotion for their (beautiful) region, possibly with help from the La Roche tourist office. You are of course all from beautiful and exotic parts of the world, so you might contribute something similar...?

It would be nice (I think) if in the future we could have a space all week long during the WOB, as some kind of a home base for non-US bluegrass. Please keep in touch, the IBMA is here for you, too - remember, that first letter in 'IBMA' is ours!