Tuesday, 6 December 2011

All prepared for 10th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival

Walter Fuchs reports from Bühl, Germany, that journalists from newspapers and radio stations in France, Switzerland, and Germany attended the press conference on 22 November to launch the 10th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, to be held on 4-5 May 2012. Full details of the lineup and the programme schedule are on the Festival website. Posters and flyers are printed, and advance ticket sales started on 28 November. (See also the EBB for 23 Nov.)

Press reports on the festival include the example below. The photo above shows (l-r) Wolfgang Jokerst (head of Bühl cultural office), Hans Striebel (mayor of Bühl), Angelika Torrie (EBMA chair), Friedrich Hog (GBMA chair), Walter Fuchs, and Petra Ewert (Bühl public relations office). Herr Striebel has been mayor of Bühl throughout the Festival's history, and this was the last Festival press conference in which he would take part. Walter writes: 'It was a moving moment.'

Walter resumes his broadcasting career tomorrow (Wednesday 7 Dec.), when his first 'Hillbilly Gasthaus' programme will be broadcast on Coolradio at 8.00-11.00 p.m. (see the EBB for 7 Nov. 2011).

Update 14 Dec.: The following message has been received from Jerry Samples, a member of the board of directors of the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival at Cashmere, in the state of Washington, USA. Jerry (whose festival will take place in 2012 a month after the festival in Bühl) writes:

I will be attending the Buhl festival in May 2012. I'm looking forward to having a great time.

In the opinion of the EBB editor, this is a pretty safe bet.