Thursday, 29 September 2011

Chris Jones Performs Exclusive House Concert in Holland

Short notice, but a worthy notice!

Songcrafter / singer Chris Jones (Nashville, USA) will be taking time out from "The Night Drivers" band tour in Germany to perform an exclusive solo show at a legendary house concert venue in the Netherlands on Sunday, October 2, 2011.

Chris' resume includes appearances and recordings with some of the world’s most respected musicians. A partial list includes The Chieftains, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, Tom T. Hall, Lynn Morris Band, the McCarters and the award-winning quartet Weary Hearts. Chris is also a well known DJ on Sirius Satellite Radio’s bluegrass channel. He is currently nominated for '2011 IBMA Broadcaster of the Year' at Thursday's awards show in Nashville. He has frequently toured throughout Europe since the early 1980s. Chris performed with both Lynn Morris and Weary Hearts in the original Home of Strictly Country where 'Het Blauwe Huis' now sits. He also has recordings on the Strictly Country Records label.
'Het Blauwe Huis' is a new home built in the eastern region of Holland, on the very spot where the infamous Strictly Country concerts were hosted by Rienk Janssen and his family for two decades. Liz Meesters-Janssen is producing occasional concerts in her living room in Vlagtwedde and her band "Close To Home" will be the opening act with Chris on Sunday.

The space is limited and advance reservations are required. Details and directions will be forthcoming for those who reserve their seats. Pay your admission at the door. 100% of the admission fee goes directly to the artist.

Chris Jones
plus Close To Home

Sunday, 2 October 2011
20:00 - 22:30

Het Blauwe Huis
Molenkampweg 5
Vlagtwedde, NL
E-mail reservations to Liz at: lizmeesters@gmail.com
Het Blauwe Huis (Facebook)

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Danilo Cartia news, Sept.-Oct. 2011


Danilo Cartia (I) reports that he will be taking part in the four gigs shown above, in and around Rome, Italy, between 29 September and 6 October 2011. All shows begin at 22:00.

29 Sept. Guest at Robert Johnson Tribute Night, Ombre Rosse
1 Oct. With Leno Landini and Richard Sherwood at Porky's Pub, Frascati
5 Oct. Rome Bluegrass Jam, 66/68 Via della Batteria Nomentana
6 Oct. With Angelica Pallone, Clifton Pub, Via del Casaletto

Danilo Cartia website; MySpace; Facebook: Danilo Cartia; e-mail
ph. / fax +39 06 8273332
mob. +39 339 6908450

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Notification of EWOB festival application

Thanks to Elly Beurskens of the EWOB festival organisation for sending this news:

Hi there!
After a sad summer in which two of our board members lost their battle with cancer, we have started our preparations for the next EWOB festival in Voorthuizen. It's the same amount of work for less people, so we're struggling a bit, trying to get things done on time. However, the first step is to announce that bands can apply for next year's festival. We would be very grateful if you could post the attached message on the European Bluegrass Blog - thanks so much for your support.
Kind regards,
Elly Beurskens
EWOB festival organisation

And here's the information, please click to enlarge:

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Foreign Affairs at IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2011

Rienk Janssen, EBMA board member and International member of the IBMA board, sends the programme for the 'Foreign Affairs' showcase at IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2011, which takes place next week. Rienk adds:

Any contributions or ideas for the 'international presence' in future years are always welcome.

The Bluegrass Gang (CH) live on national Icelandic Radio

Stefan, Erich, Chrigu, Benno, and Samuel
Samuel Heller, the Bluegrass Gang's dobro player, announces that tomorrow Thursday, 22nd September, at 11:00am local time (GMT-1), i.e. noon GMT, or 1:00pm CET, the guys will be playing and talking live for one hour at RÁS 2, the national Icelandic radio station. The show is streamed live here!
Samuel has uploaded some first Icelandic impressions on the band's website. Check them out!
We look forward to receiving more reports of the Bluegrass Gang and the bluegrass people they meet in that beautiful country.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

4 Wheel Drive: new laurels, new website


4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B) won the #1 Acoustic Band of the Year title in the 2011 awards by the Dutch Country Music Association. This is the ninth time that the band have won this award.

The Blue Grass Boogiemen took the #2 place; 4WD fiddler Joost van Es was #2 Instrumentalist of the Year; and Het Turfschip at Nieuwkoop, operated by Cor Sanne of CMS Productions, was #1 Club of the Year.

4 Wheel Drive wish it to be known that in addition to their long-established MySpace, they now have a brand new website. They are also on Facebook.

Monday, 19 September 2011

Swiss band Bluegrass Gang to play Iceland

"Bluegrass for Fun!" is their philosophy - and the gang is truly having fun playing bluegrass. Whenever they play together - at rehearsals or in public - the spark jumps between them and to the audience. Their cover versions of traditional and contemporary bluegrass as well as some arrangements of songs in Swiss German and their entertainment routines are very well received.

The band was invited to play some shows in Iceland, where they will be playing on 21, 23 and 24 September. This is their first engagement abroad, and the EBB will make sure to hear back from them about bluegrass music in Iceland!

Sunday, 18 September 2011

Sons of Navarone in Rotselaar, 24 Sept.


Bluegrass in Belgium reports that the Sons of Navarone (above) will perform in concert at Rotselaar, north-east of Brussels and north of Leuven, on Saturday 24 September. Full details (in Flemish), including a location map, can be seen here.

Pete & Joan Wernick perform FREE concert in Holland

Pete Wernick and wife Joan (USA) sent us a quick message this morning, shortly before they boarded their flight to Ireland for the Johnny Keenan Festival ...via The Netherlands. They will perform a FREE concert at the Hotel De Harmonie in Edam, NL on Wednesday, September 21 after the hotel's popular Wednesday night fish dinner.

Pete and Joan have a long history of making music together. They worked with the band 'Country Cooking' in New York in the early 1970s and have never stopped. Their repertoire is filled with instrumentals and traditional bluegrass & country duets. Their traditional music CD is called "Windy Mountain".

Many of you know Pete Wernick as a member of the premier band 'Hot Rize'. He is a well respected artist, songwriter, author and teacher. Pete produced actor Steve Martin's Grammy Award winning project "The Crow" (on which he co-wrote a song with Martin). He conducts Bluegrass Classes and Jam Camp programs, which he has brought to many countries including Russia in 2011. Pete was elected the first president of the International Bluegrass Music Association in 1986. His term as president lasted 16 years, at which time his Hot Rize band mate, Tim O'Brien, became the second president of IBMA in 2001.

It is short notice, but a great chance to hang out with two fine people and musicians as they spend a few leisurely days in Holland. Pete says, "Join us for a show to make you smile, tap your foot, and remind you of life's good things."

Pete & Joan Wernick
Wednesday, September 21
22:00
FREE Concert

Hotel De Harmonie
Voorhaven 92-94
1135 BT
Edam, Netherlands
Tel +31 (0)299 371664

NOTE: Planning on dinner? You must make a reservation with the hotel's restaurant.

The Grascals in Europe, 12-15 Oct. 2011: update


As already noted on the EBB on 4 August, the multi-award-winning Grascals (USA) will be playing several dates in Europe next month, including the state opera house in Oldenburg, Germany.

An extended and amended schedule has now been issued by the WBA Entertainment, Inc. agency:

Wed. 12 Oct. Garage, Christiesgate 14, 5015 Bergen, Norway
Thurs. 13 Oct. Cosmopolite, Soria Moria, Vogts gate 64, Oslo, Norway
Fri. 14 Oct. Dokkhuset, Dokkparken 4, 7014 Trondheim, Norway
Sat. 15 Oct. Grosse Haus, Oldenburgisches Staatstheater‎, Theaterwall 28, 26122 Oldenburg, Germany

The WBA press release can be seen in full here. The band is also on MySpace and Facebook.

Friday, 16 September 2011

Gillian Welch & David Rawlings in Europe, Oct.-Nov. 2011

Tickets are on sale for fifteen shows in Europe in October and November 2011, scheduled for Gillian Welch & David Rawlings. The schedule shown on Gillian Welch's website reads as follows:

Sun. 30 Oct. Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway; 8.00 p.m.
Mon. 31 Oct. Rockefeller Music Hall, Oslo, Norway; 8.00 p.m. /// SOLD OUT
Wed. 2 Nov. Cirkus, Stockholm, Sweden; 8.00 p.m.
Fri. 4 Nov. Royal Theatre, Copenhagen, Denmark; 8.00 p.m.
Sun. 6 Nov. Stadtgarten Köln, Cologne, Germany; 8.00 p.m.
Mon. 7 Nov. Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands; 8.00 p.m. /// SOLD OUT
Tues. 8 Nov. Arenbergschouwburg, Antwerp, Belgium; 8.00 p.m.
Wed. 9 Nov. La Maroquinerie, Paris, France; 8.00 p.m.
Sat. 12 Nov. Dome Brighton, Sussex, England; 8.30 p.m.
Sun. 13 Nov. Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick, England; 8.30 p.m.
Thurs. 17 Nov. Grand Canal Theatre, Dublin, Ireland; 8.30 p.m.
Fri. 18 Nov. Waterfront Auditorium, Belfast, Northern Ireland; 8.30 p.m.
Sun. 20 Nov. Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland; 8.30 p.m.
Mon. 21 Nov. Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England; 8.30 p.m.
Wed. 23 Nov. Hammersmith Apollo, London, England; 8.30 p.m.

More details and links for buying tickets are on the tour schedule. Thanks to UKBluegrass.com for bringing the tour to our notice.

Thursday, 15 September 2011

G2: a new album in prospect

What's new with the G2 Bluegrass Band from Sweden, who - since they won the #1 European Bluegrass Band award at the 2007 European World of Bluegrass Festival - have earned the highest profile on the US scene of any European bluegrass band?

As announced on the original Bluegrass Blog, since their four-and-a-half-month tour in the US last year, they have been making up for lost time with their families, and making use of their US experience in laying the foundations for their next album. Read more here.

Old Sledge in Britain, 23 Sept.-7 Oct. 2011

Luke Richardson, Chance McCoy, Sabra Guzman

G Promo PR announce that Old Sledge, a hard-driving old-time string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, will tour Britain in September and October in support of their acclaimed new album Don't let your deal go down. A video can be seen on YouTube of Old Sledge performing the title track live at the Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, California, May 2011.

Old Sledge is led by Chance McCoy, multiple fiddle champion of West Virginia and onetime star of the BBC TV show 'Folk America', who learned his music directly from the old masters. Sabra Guzmán provides driving rhythm guitar and lead and harmony vocals. They are joined by Luke Richardson from Tennessee on clawhammer banjo, a protégé of Adam Hurt. Old Time Herald says they

sound deeply traditional in the best and most effortless sense: they've listened a lot to the people who came before them, and they pay respect with every note, but the music is their own.

The band is also on Facebook. The tour dates are:

September
Fri. 23 House concert, Edinburgh, Scotland; e-mail; £TBC, TBC
Sat. 24 Eastgate Theatre, Peebles, Scotland; 01721 725777; £13, 7.30 p.m.
Sun. 25 Jura Music Festival, Craighouse, Isle of Jura, Scotland; 01496 820362 or 820396; £TBC, 8.00 p.m.
Mon. 26 The Tea Pad Presents… @ the Cumberland Arms, Newcastle upon Tyne, England; 07840 154 139; £8, 8.00 p.m.
Tues. 27 The Caledonia, Caledonia St., Liverpool, England. Free, 8.00 p.m.
Wed. 28 Magpie's Nest @ the Old Queen's Head, London; 07740 199665; £6/£8, 8.00 p.m.
Thurs. 29 The Mason's Arms, Kensal Green, London; 07930 397517; £6/£8, 7.00 p.m.
Fri. 30 St Patrick's Community Hall, Pennar, Pembroke Dock, Wales; 01646 661363; £7.50/£10, 9.00 p.m.

October
Sat. 1 The Canteen, Bristol; 0117 9232017. Free, 9.30 p.m.
Sun. 2 Gwdihŵ Café Bar, Cardiff, Wales; 029 2039 7933; £3, 8.00 p.m.
Mon. 3 Bombanes, Brighton, Sussex; 01273 606400; £6/£8, 7.00 p.m.
Tues. 4 Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead; 01628 788997; £12, 8.00 p.m.
Wed. 5 Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, Norfolk; 01603 660352; £10, 8.00 p.m.
Thurs. 6 The Wolf Folk Club @ Wolferton Social Club, Wolferton, nr King's Lynn, Norfolk. Free, 8.00 p.m.
Fri. 7 The Snug Club @ the Women's Institute Hall, Cromer, Norfolk; 07930 397517; £8, 8.30 p.m.

For further information, interview requests, guest lists, etc., please contact Geraint Jones at G Promo PR: phone +44 (0)1584 873211; mobile 07855 724798; e-mail.

Wade Mainer, 1907-2011

Pieter Groenveld (NL) sends the sad news that Wade Mainer of North Carolina died on 12 September at the age of 104. Mainer belongs to the generation of American rural musicians who took up playing and recording 'hillbilly' music professionally in the 1920s and 1930s, forming a transition between traditional old-time music and bluegrass. His personal innovations included a thumb-and-index-finger-picking style on the banjo. In 1937 he married Julia 'Hillbilly Lily' Brown, herself a pioneer woman singer-musician, and they performed together into later life. An account of his career, with discography, is on Wikipedia, and a UNC-TV programme on him can be viewed here.

More details are on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog; his death is being widely reported on the internet, and further coverage is expected on the original Bluegrass Blog. A well illustrated biography, Banjo on the mountain: Wade Mainer's first hundred years, by bluegrass scholar Dick Spottswood, was published last year by the University of Mississippi Press and is also available from County Sales and other mail-order suppliers.

Photos from Wade Mainer's career, and of his original 1933 Gibson RB Granada banjo, can be seen here.

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Danilo Cartia at Ponte Tazio, 16 Sept. 2011

Danilo Cartia (5-string banjo, guitar, vocals) will be performing together with Leno Landini (vocals, electric harmonica) and Richard Sherwood (guitar, vocals) in an evening of country, blues, and folk music beginning at 22:00 on Friday 16 September at Ponte Tazio, Corso Sempione, Rome. Admission is free.

Danilo Cartia: website
MySpace
Facebook: Danilo Cartia
e-mail
ph. / fax +39 06 8273332
mob. +39 339 6908450

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

Bill Monroe: photos by Lilly Pavlak

Bean Blossom festival 1976: Bill Keith joins Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys on stage

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for these photos from her collection relating to the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, born one hundred years ago today.

Bean Blossom festival 1976: Bill Keith plays on another set with Bill Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys: Kenny Baker, Bob Black, Randy Davis, Wayne Lewis

Bill Monroe in 1995

The celebratory plaque on the Barn at Rosine, KY

The Monroe home place on Pigeon Ridge in 1995, before restoration

The entrance to the cemetery at Rosine

The monument to Pendleton 'Uncle Pen' Vandiver in Rosine cemetery

The plaque erected near the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville in 2005 to commemorate the 'classic' Blue Grass Boys

Map of Rosine for visitors, 2007

The Monroe home place in 2007, after restoration

The restored Monroe home place: interior

The restored Monroe home place: interior

Jerusalem Ridge Festival, 2007: two views of the stage


Below: three views of the audience at the 2007 Festival





Bill Monroe's grave in September 1996, shortly after his funeral (left); and in 2007 (right)

Monday, 12 September 2011

Bluegrass Unlimited and the Monroe centennial

The greater part of Bluegrass Unlimited, xlvi, no. 3 (Sept. 2011) is devoted to celebrating the centennial of the birth of Bill Monroe. Bluegrass scholars including Monroe biographers Richard D. Smith and Tom Ewing have contributed articles on aspects of his family history, career, and musical legacy.

Jens Kruger (right) of the Kruger Brothers has also written 'Meeting Bill Monroe', a moving account of his first contacts with the Father of Bluegrass in 1982 - beginning with his being asked to play on stage with the Blue Grass Boys at the Bean Blossom Festival, the first bluegrass festival the 19-year-old from Switzerland had ever attended. The experience of playing music with Bill Monroe, and of talking about music with him, made up (in Jens's words) '... the greatest music lesson I ever got.'

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The issue also includes a warmly favourable review by Bill Foster of A grasshopper's lament, the latest CD by the Downhill Bluegrass Band from Sweden.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Bill Monroe centenary


Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for many photographs relating to the Father of Bluegrass, which will be published on the European Bluegrass Blog on 13 September 2011, the centenary of his birth.

The above photo shows the grave of Bill Monroe in the cemetery of Rosine, KY, in late September 1996, some two weeks after his death.

Saturday, 10 September 2011

Lilly of the West: updated tour schedule

A further show in Budapest, Hungary, has been added to the Lilly of the West (BG) tour schedule that appeared on the EBB on 31 August 2011. Lilly Drumeva reports:

Lilly of the West will have nine concerts in Vienna, Budapest, and Bratislava between 23.09 and 01.10. If you live nearby, please come and see and say hello. We’ll be playing the repertoire from our upcoming album, featuring swing and jazz standards from 1930s/40s and other interesting songs. Here’s a taste.

The new date on the schedule is:
Mon. 26.09 Budapest, Hungary
LEGUAN Cafe+Bar, 1075 Budapest, Kazinczy u. 52 (bejárat a Holló utcából); tel.: +36 30 201 3456

The full schedule can now be seen here.

Friday, 9 September 2011

Little Band with a new approach from Hungary

The Little Band (l-r): Péter Strausz, Gábor Szabó, István Bocskai

Thanks to Péter Strausz for news of the Little Band and its recent achievements. The band, based in Budapest, Hungary, was founded in 2009 and plays cheerful, American old-time music and gives concerts and square-dancing evenings (Abende). The founder members - István Bocskai (guitar, vocals), Gábor Szabó (violin, vocals), and Péter Strausz (bass, vocals) - added Mihály Tóth (cajon) to their number at the end of 2010.

The band's unique repertoire combines American traditional, folk, and old-time music from the 1930s and '40s with elements from Hungarian folk music, new country, and evergreens from the 1960s and '70s set to the Little Band's own arrangements.

In the last twelve months they have won third place in the trio category in the Country Music Awards in Pullman City, Germany, on 13 November 2010; played at the Ghost City Saloon for the Country & Western Freunde, Haag, Austria, in March 2011; and taken part in the EWOB Festival 2011 in the Netherlands. Video clips by the band on Youtube include 'Cocaine blues', 'Make me a pallet on the floor', and other numbers.

The band's website is in Magyar, English, and German. More information can be obtained from Péter by e-mail. The introduction on their website ends:

We just have only one request: please listen to our band's music while having some beer and decide for yourselves whether or not you've enjoyed it. We hope you will.

Hayseed Dixie in Europe - and in Norwegian

The 'Appalachian Rockgrass hellraisers' Hayseed Dixie have been touring in Europe since April this year (when their ninth full-length studio album, Sjt Munchs Drikkeklubb Band, was released) and will remain on this side of the Atlantic for nearly two months.

Although the tour includes most of the countries of western and northern Europe, a majority of the dates are in Britain or Scandinavia - appropriate, because the new album is entirely in Norwegian, including three original songs. Their website claims that 'this is the first time any American band has recorded an album in the Norwegian language. It's historic!'

Having played during the past week in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Norway, Hayseed Dixie begin tonight a series of sixteen shows in Britain, followed by four in Italy, ten in Norway, and two in Germany before playing the last ten shows of the tour in Britain and Ireland. Full details are on the 'Appearances' page of the band's website.

Photo memories of Liz Meyer

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak (seen here with Liz Meyer at the first Picnic Festival at Namur in 2005) for photos from her archive, showing Liz in many settings, on and off stage, between 1998 and 2008.

The locations include the EWOB Festival, IBMA's World of Bluegrass, and other events public and private. An ample selection of the photos can be seen here.

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Castle Picking Party in Groningen, the Netherlands, 25 Sept. 2011

Thanks to Hans Kelderhuis who announces a new event this month with many leading Netherlands bands taking part:

On 25 September bluegrass musicians are welcome to come to Groningen, the Netherlands, for the first Castle Picking Party. There will be lots of jamming going on from 1.00 p.m. until 9.00 p.m., followed by an afterparty in a café called 'Café Marleen'.

In the castle and in 'Café Marleen' there will also be some great bands performing: we'll have performances by Flexibility, the Babes in the Grass, Stringtime, Except-2, Whiskey Rose, Emmy & the Bluegrass Pals, Close to Home, New Lowland, Touch of Grass, and the Moonshine Hollow Band.

There won't be any entrance fee, but we would like to know how many visitors/musicians we can expect. Please let us know through our website if you would like to come. You can find all the information here.

Kind regards,

Hans Kelderhuis
www.castlepicking.nl
www.stringtimebluegrass.nl

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

New album release from guitarist Roberto Dalla Vecchia

Roberto Dalla Vecchia (I) reports:

Hey everyone! I'm very happy to announce the release of my brand new album, Hand in hand! It's my first album of new *original* music in over two years, and I have to say, it's a long time coming! It's a joyful guitar album that celebrates life, relationships, family, and living every moment to the fullest! I've worked very hard on the album and some great musicians helped me out; I hope you like it!

Where to buy Hand in hand
Downloads: Purchase the album from iTunes. And MP3s can be purchased via CDBaby.com.
CDs: For CD purchases, please make your purchase via CD Baby. The album is $12.95 there (plus shipping), but if you purchase more than one copy, you'll save 20% on your order.
Preview tracks: You can preview all tracks at here, where sound clips are way longer than 30 seconds.
And then... feedback: After you purchase the album and have a chance to listen to it and become familiar with it, there are some things you can do to help me out.

1) Drop me an e-mail and let me know which songs are your favorites. I am trying to get a feel for what songs are connecting with people the most. Your song feedback will help me decide which songs to perform in concert, as well as giving me some idea of which songs to submit to Pandora Radio for consideration.

2) Please rate the albums on iTunes, Amazon.com, and CD Baby! Leave your positive feedback on those sites, as in many cases it's positive buyer feedback that will encourage others who are just browsing to go ahead and make the purchase. That will really help me! Thank you all so much.

I am so grateful for all of you who have been supporting me for so many years. I do not take you for granted. If you have any questions, let me know. You can e-mail me. Enjoy the new album!

Roberto Dalla Vecchia
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Irish band to play in Catalonia this weekend

The Watery Hill Boys of Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland, will be travelling to Spain on Friday this week, to play on successive nights in the Catalonian villages of La Pera and Rupia.

The Watery Hill Boys consist of Jim MacArdle (guitar, autoharp), Donal Black (banjo, mandolin, guitar), and Neil Conlon (bass). Jim, who brought his Skillet Lickers band to the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France in 2009, reports that the band plays old-time country and early bluegrass - 'the emphasis is on lively music with old-time harmonies.'

At home in Ireland, the Watery Hill Boys (who take their name from a hill near Drogheda) play every Friday in Carberry's, North Strand, and on every second Tuesday at Clarke's, Peter St. They are preparing a debut album; samples of their music can be heard on their MySpace site. More details are on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

3rd International Bluegrass Meeting Birkenried

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for photos of the 3rd International Bluegrass Meeting Birkenried, presented by the Country & Western Friends Kötz 1982 e.V. at Birkenried, Germany, over the weekend 2-4 Sept. 2011. Full details, including links to band websites, are on the Friends' website. Many more photos taken by Lilly at the Meeting can be seen here.

As the poster (above) shows, the festival was also a celebration of the centenary of the birth of the Father of Bluegrass Music, and included displays on the life of Bill Monroe and a talk about him by Eberhard Finke, founder and former editor of Bluegrass Bühne, now the official magazine of the GBMA.

Sunday morning mass, with the Blue Grass Boogiemen (NL) performing; also taking part were Mandy Strobel (D) and Rolling Hills (D)

Monday, 5 September 2011

Bluegrass summer and autumn in Switzerland

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

This was a successful bluegrass summer in Switzerland. The weather cooperated for the open-air festivals. In fact, the later the festival the better the weather, which led to good times for all of the bluegrass fans and regional organisers. Rhonda Vincent (USA) also was happy to have two sold-out concerts here in the middle of summer, due mainly to cross-over support.

The SBMA's Bill Monroe insert-special in the new Country Style magazine has been well received. We appreciate the great effort that goes into doing anything extra during a given year. We are happy to have contributed to Bill's year in this way. The SBMA will also present a Bill Monroe Special on a Swiss internet station, Country Radio Switzerland.ch this September.

Dailey & Vincent (USA) are headliners at Country Night Gstaad on 9-10 September.

The local clubs and jams continue to thrive. We hear the Bluegrass Jamboree! from Germany will be making a stop again in Schaffhausen in December [3 Dec.]. Be sure to consult our homepage if you are planning to be in Switzerland this winter.

Kent Miller
Swiss Bluegrass Music Association (SBMA)
Bluegrass Radio Show, 19:00 Sundays, 15:00 Mondays
e-mail

Bluegrass Music Denmark: news

Spencer Sorenson reports from Bluegrass Music Denmark:

After a summer pause, our monthly concert series in Copenhagen will resume on 16 September, with the Zeke Zzzypt Quintet [above] from Sweden. Plans for the rests of the concerts are being finalised.

There will be a Danish delegation attending the IBMA convention in Nashville at the end of September.

The Copenhagen-based band, Special Blend, has had a busy summer, playing several festivals in Sweden, and was well received there.