Saturday, 10 December 2011

Bluegrass past and to come in Switzerland

Kent Miller of the Swiss Bluegrass Music Association (SBMA) reports:

The Swiss bluegrass scene can look back on a very successful and pleasant last quarter of the year. The outdoor festivals were blessed with good to excellent weather, which is obviously the key to good attendance and wonderful long afternoons and evenings of music. The local jams and concerts continue to thrive in various places and with various concepts.

The SBMA is working on its second 'Beginners Jam Book' of songs that an aspiring bluegrass picker should know. The Krüger Brothers were in their homeland again in December to perform the 'Appalachian Concerto' with the UNI Quartet, members of the National Theatre Opera, Prague. The Jamboree came to Schaffhausen near the German border in early December. This year's concept of featuring young, positive groups with loads of talent impressed many of the more knowledgeable concertgoers.

The SBMA Fan Fest, better known as the smallest imitation of the Nashville event with the best door prizes this side of the Mississippi, provided a lot of fun and showcases of some of the newer bands that we will be hearing more from in the near future. The 17th General Meeting of the SBMA marked a changing of the guard in the officer corps with Toni Nötzli taking over as president. As is the case with many mature associations and clubs, the challenges and choices of the next couple of years will be formidable and many.

We are already looking forward to regional concerts with Swiss bands and the Toy Hearts [shown above at a US festival; note Swiss flag] in the early months of the year.

Happy Trails,

Kent Miller (e-mail)
Swiss Bluegrass Music Association: SBMA
056 443 32 78
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