Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Blue Maxx in concert, Rawhide in the studio

Bluegrass in Belgium reports:

Come and enjoy a bluegrass concert with Blue Maxx (above) in Ekeren on Friday 3 February. That's this week! More details on the Bluegrass in Belgium calendar.

Rawhide are working hard (that might sound as a contradictio in terminis) on their new CD. It should be available to the rest of the world on 16 March, at their concert in Mortsel - also on the Bluegrass in Belgium calendar.

Monday, 30 January 2012

New Niall Toner single 'Tomorrow' available for airplay

Hope River Entertainment (USA) reports that 'Tomorrow', the latest single from Irish singer/songwriter, bandleader, and broadcaster Niall Toner, is now available to radio stations via AirPlay Direct. The song is from Niall's coming album Onwards and upwards, scheduled for release on Pinecastle Records in autumn 2012, in conjunction with an NTB tour in the US. Pete Wernick comments:

I admire the way Niall’s deep affinity for bluegrass and American country music blends seamlessly with his Irish sensibilities. It makes him a uniquely appealing artist, and Pinecastle is lucky to have him.

Read the whole news report on Hope River Entertainment's news blog.

News from Scotland

C. Paul Lyttle, organiser of the Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival in Dumfriesshire, Scotland, reports that this year's festival will take place on 28-30 Sept. 2012. Bands taking part will include the Ballinger Family Band (USA), the Knotty Pine String Band (N. Ireland), New Redwing (Scotland), High Speed Grass (Scotland), the Down and Out Bluegrass Band (N. Ireland), and Grass Routes (Scotland). More details, including performance videos and other new features, are on the Moniaive website.

Paul also sends the first two playlists (22 Jan. and 5 Feb. 2012) for 'Criffel Creek', the new radio show from Alive Community Radio (107.3 FM) in Dumfries. The show, which runs from 10.00 a.m. to 12 noon on alternate Sundays, consists of bluegrass, old timey, Americana, and gospel music. Listeners are encouraged to get in touch during the show and give Alive Radio feedback on the mix of music.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

A bluegrass animation from Chicago

Thanks to Paul of the Chicago string band Tangleweed for this message of comfort:

At this time of year it gets cold in Chicago and we start looking forward to the summer touring season. We had fun making this animated interpretation of the classic tune 'Fox on the town' and thought it would help you pass the time while you are waiting for the spring flowers to arrive. If you like the video let us know, we love hearing back from folks.

Tangleweed's fourth and latest album is entitled Please punch Richard for me.

Virginia Ramblers for Europe, summer 2012?

The Virginia Ramblers (l-r: Jeff Vogelgesang, Donnie Shifflett, Charles Frazier, Zack Deming)

Thanks to Jeff Vogelgesang, mandolin player for a five-piece traditional bluegrass band, the Virginia Ramblers (USA), for news that the band are planning to book a 10-14 day tour in Europe/UK in the next year.

The Virginia Ramblers, who are EBMA members, work festivals, concerts, wineries, etc., mostly through Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Delaware, and have also played at the Grass Valley festival in California and on the famous Prairie Home Companion radio show. They have an open period in their booking calendar between 10 and 22 June 2012; other blocks may be available in late July and mid-August.

You can see and hear the Ramblers in performance on YouTube: some examples are the medley: 'Unfaithful' and 'Lotsalove'; 'Pleasant Hill'; 'Mississippi Sawyer'; 'Don't hurry me'; and 'The old crossroad'. A warm recommendation of their self-titled CD is on County Sales.

Promoters, festival and event organisers, and others interested in contacting the Virginia Ramblers can reach Jeff Vogelgesang by e-mail.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

4th European Bluegrass Summit, Bühl, 2-4 Mar. 2012

The 4th European Bluegrass Summit will be held on the weekend 2-4 March 2012, hosted by the city of Bühl, south-west Germany, which provides all facilities. The Summit was first held at Bühl in 2009, as an initiative by the International Committee of the IBMA, and has been held since then under the auspices of the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA), and this year's schedule includes the EBMA annual general members' meeting. The EBMA announces:

The summit is open to all, professionals and non-professionals, members and non-members of the European or other national associations, who think they may benefit from sharing ideas and best practices with like-minded people doing similar work in other countries. This includes fans, musicians, promoters, journalists, webmasters, national association reps, and anyone else with a personal, professional or organisational interest in bluegrass in Europe.

The programme includes a concert by two leading European bands. Full details, with facilities for registration and reserving accommodation, are on the EBMA website. Register online now to participate and to reserve your accommodation.

New website for La Roche festival

Thanks to Christopher Howard-Williams of the France Bluegrass Musique Association for the news that the La Roche Bluegrass Festival at La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France, now has a new website. Its address remains the same as before. Christopher adds:

We are now taking applications to play at this year's festival. Information and forms to apply can be found on the website.

In addition to festival details, photos, and a documentary video, the new website includes information on the concert at La Roche-sur-Foron on 7 May 2012 by the award-winning Gibson Brothers (USA) - the only show they will give in France on this trip.

Irish member of IBMA Leadership Bluegrass 2012

Ronnie Norton of Dublin, Ireland, who is active as a bluegrass photographer, critic, reporter, and radio presenter, will be the only member of the 2012 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass class to come from outside the USA. The Leadership Bluegrass programme aims to build up a network of people who have shared learning and communication related to the needs of the bluegrass community. The 2012 course will be held in Nashville on 8-10 March.

Ronnie presents the 'Lonesome Highway' internet radio show on World Wide Bluegrass; is a member of the Lonesome Highway website team; and as a photographer he covers major bluegrass events in Ireland, serving as 'staff photographer' for the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, among others.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Lynne Butler on the road - including Abaliget

Lynne Butler (UK) sends the latest playlists for her 'Butler's Boudoir Bluegrass' and 'Lynne Butler's Eurograss' radio shows (see the EBB's separate 'Radio playlists' post), and adds:

Some dates for your diary: I will be touring with Allen Karl for a week over Easter. On the tour I will be doing a 20-minute solo support act during the first part of the evening (apart from the Henley-on-Thames gig, where I'll be the support act for the whole of the first part of the evening) as well as being his backing vocalist for the rest of the evening. Red Rock Country will also be providing support. So, if you wish to buy tickets please contact me and I'll point you in the right direction.

Allen Karl is very classic country, so for those of you who like the classic country sound you will enjoy Allen's show very much. I'll be playing a mixture of genres in my set.

4 Apr. The Clear Cut Country Music Club, Leeds Anglers’ Club, West Yorkshire
5 Apr. The Nightriders Country Music Club, Renishaw Miners’ Welfare Club, North Derbyshire
6 Apr. The Brook, Soham, Cambridgeshire
7 Apr. Harpsden Hall, Henley-on-Thames, South Oxfordshire
9 Apr. United Services Club, Widnes, Cheshire

[On all these shows Lynne will be backing/supporting Allen Karl.]

For an up-to-date calendar listing regarding my gigs either as a solo artist, with the Ukulele Club, my band, the George and Lynne Duo, or anythng else for that matter, please visit my website.

My band will be playing at Orwell Festival in May, and George and I will be at the Hungarian festival in Budapest on 10-12 August [see poster above], performing as well as doing radio coverage; so if some of you could get out there, it would be great to see you... I can't reiterate enough that all these festivals [the major bluegrass festivals throughout Europe] are safe and fun places to take a family.

Familiar faces in San Francisco, 10-19 Feb. 2012

Thanks to Tanya Pinkerton for news of the 13th annual San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Festival. (10-19 Feb. 2012).

Over 30 shows at numerous small clubs around the Bay Area will feature some of the most talented musicians now on the Americana and roots music scene, many of whom are also well known in Europe from recent tours. These include the Kathy Kallick Band Quartet, the Foghorn Stringband, the Water Tower Bucket Boys, the Henhouse Prowlers, the Crooked Jades, and two acts from Rainer Zellner's most recent Bluegrass Jamboree! package tour: the Deadly Gentlemen and Cahalen Morrison & Eli West.

The festival features this year a band contest to bring out rising talent, together with its usual programme of workshops, jam sessions, kids' shows, Bluegrass and Old-Time in the Schools (assisted by the Chris and Warren Hellman Foundation), and the Saturday night old-time square dance. For more information, visit the festival website.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

'Old Time Musicians of Europe' website to close, 21 Jan. 2012

Dick 'Ptarmigan' Glasgow of Northern Ireland will be obliged to close his Old Time Musicians of Europe website as from this coming Saturday, 21 January.

Dick, a multi-instrumentalist who plays the traditional music of north Co. Antrim as well as old-time music, announced on 7 January that because of the cost of running the site, he had had to appeal for donations from its users last year - only to find that he would have to pay extra for the privilege of collecting donations. He has kept it in operation for a further two weeks so that those interested in old-time music can make use of information and contact details from the site. Dick adds:

Thanks for your support and interest, and I trust you will carry on enjoying and promoting Old Time Music in your own areas.

Jesper Deleuran of the Danish old-time organisation DAFF has advised all members of the Old Time Musicians of Europe group to keep up their contacts by joining the associated Facebook.

London Fiddle Convention, 19 Feb. 2012

The 20th annual London Fiddle Convention will be held on Sunday 19 February at Cecil Sharp House, 2 Regents Park Road, London NW1 7AY.

The day includes workshops (from 1.00 p.m.), a fiddle contest, a session, and a concert (8.00 p.m.) with around ten fiddle players in many styles. Guests include Jyotsna Srikanth (Indian), Chris Dyer (Swedish Nyckelharpa), English String Band, Pete Cooper (English), Bob Winquist (bluegrass), Karen Ryan (Irish), and Chris Haigh (jazz). Full details are on the Fiddle Convention website.

Lynne Butler: new playlist arrangements

Lynne Butler (UK) sends the playlists for her 'Butler's Boudoir Bluegrass' and 'Lynne Butler's Eurograss' radio shows (see the EBB's separate 'Radio playlists' post), together with this message to artists whose records she presents on air:

Due to high influx of work this year on top of my normal work, with loads of rehearsals in place as a consequence, and due to the fact that these radio shows are entirely voluntary, I am having to change the format slightly so that I can still do them and keep you all promoted! You will all get regular airplay, but the show that goes out on UKCountryradio.com will also go out the following week on Bluegrassplanetearth.com; so basically the shows will be repeated but to a different audience.

Because of this, however, it does mean that rotation for all of you will be on a slightly longer basis; but on a positive side, you will be getting high amounts of airplay in one week around the world. It works out, though, that the same show is not played in the same week. This week's playlists are a good example. Below is tomorrow's playlist for UKcountryradio.com, airing at 20:00 on 18 January and repeated at 16:00 on 19th; and then below that is the playlist for bluegrassplanetearth.com which has been airing since Monday 16th, Tuesday 17th, Wednesday (tonight) 18th, and 19th at 21:00 (this was the show that went out on UKCountryradio.com last Thursday). I hope this is as clear as mud to you all, ha ha! If you have any questions, do please stop by and ask.

With the festival season approaching, Lynne recommends UKBluegrass.com as a guide to events in Britain, and also gives links to

the wonderful European festivals: EWOB, La Roche, Budapest, Czech Jamboree, just to name a few! Fabulous family events with stunning scenery and hospitality at every single one - a must-see experience.

Lynne's e-mail newsletter includes much more useful information - contact her by e-mail to get on her mailing list.

Major festival moves to a new home for 2012

The Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival, founded in 2002, became at once a major factor in bringing leading figures in bluegrass, old-time, and related music to Irish audiences, in conjunction with Irish traditional and folk music. In 2004 the festival brought Earl Scruggs to Europe for the first time since the 1970s; above, Earl and his wife Louise are shown with the festival organisers Kathy Casey and Chris Keenan. The Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival became a member of the EBMA Festival Network in 2011, and Chris Keenan is a member of the EBMA board.

After ten years of holding the event in Longford town, the organisers of the Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival announce today that the festival is moving to a new location - the town of Tullamore, Co. Offaly:

This move is seen as a positive step in making the festival more accessible with regards to location and in the form of accommodation, with a number of hotels, B&Bs, and camping facilities within the town's boundaries. Further details will be released shortly, including lineup, events, and relevant information about Tullamore and surrounding area.

We hope everyone will join us in Tullamore 20-23 September 2012, to celebrate the start of our second decade!

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Hillbilly Hiccups (UK) at 5th Salon de la Country, 11-12 Feb. 2012

The latest newsletter from Country France announces that a British bluegrass band, the Hillbilly Hiccups, will be appearing at the 5th Salon de la Country in Cergy Pontoise, France, on 11-12 February 2012.

The Hillbilly Hiccups, led by Percy Copley, consist of leading multi-instrumental musicians from the British bluegrass scene: Alice Coleman, Richard Collins, Ian Nicholls, and John Wirtz. With a repertoire that takes in a wide range of Americana including western swing and cajun, the band took part in last September's Didmarton Festival (UK).

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

New Country Rehab in Europe, 17-30 Jan. 2012

Thanks to Shawna for this news on a highly talented Canadian band who begin a two-week tour in Europe tonight:

New Country Rehab, a Toronto band who successfully combine Hank Williams Sr. and Arcade Fire, are touring in Germany and the Netherlands and performing at Celtic Connections and in London.

NCR’s debut channels Hank Williams... adds a hipster glaze that’s more Arcade Fire than Lady Antebellum, and comes out sounding like Canada’s answer to recent Dylan collaborators, Avett Brothers and Mumford & Sons... (Nigel Williamson, UNCUT, Jan. 2012)

Fronted by lead singer/fiddle player John Showman (of Creaking Tree String Quartet and Foggy Hogtown Boys, and winner of the 2011 Clifftop fiddle competition in W. Virginia) and featuring James Robertson (guitar), Ben Whiteley (bass), and Roman Tome (percussions).

The band’s tour schedule is:
Jan. 17 Club Moments, Bremen, DE (recorded for German public radio NW)
Jan. 18 La Habana, Schneverdingen, DE
Jan. 19 Music Star, Norderstedt, DE
Jan. 20 Café 't Keerpunt, Spijkerboor, NL
Jan. 22 Cambrinus, Horst NL
Jan. 23 Frits Philip Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven, NL
Jan. 24 Q-Bus, Leiden, NL
Jan. 25 Burgerweeshuis, Deventer, NL
Jan. 26 Oran Mor opening for CW Stonekin at Celtic Connections, Scotland, UK
Jan. 27 Celtic Connections Festival Club
Jan. 30 The Wilmington Arms, Clerkenwell, London, UK

Official video link; website; Facebook; Twitter
Links to venue websites are on the band's tour schedule.

Marshall Monrad Band on national Norwegian TV with songs from their new CD, 16 Jan. 2012

Thanks to Dagfinn Pedersen for more good bluegrass news from Norway:

Marshall Monrad Band, a well known bluegrass band at the Risør Bluegrass Festival, appeared on nationwide Norwegian TV2 as the special guests in 'Good Morning Norway' this (Monday) morning. Their second CD effort, Minerals & mud, hit the streets in Norway and Sweden today, with great reviews in the newspapers. It was released on the Rootsy.nu label (Sweden) and is distributed in Norway by Warner Music. They had a long interview about the band and their music, and they played live some songs from the new CD. You can see them here (if the TV2 link works):

Songs from the TV2 program: 'Railroad line' and 'Get off of this train': http://webtv.tv2.no/webtv/sumo/?treeId=1602&progId=587987

All songs are written by the band members, most of them by the band leader and singer, Bjoern Nilsen. Their first CD, The Marshall Plan, was released in 2009. Their bass player, Erlend Hoelland, also plays with the #1 European Bluegrass Band 2011, Lucky Lips.

Facebook; website; MySpace; ReverbNation
2012 MMB/ Rootsy.nu (ROOTSY 043)
Distribution Norway: Warner Music
Formats: DigiPack CD w/12 page booklet + DL (iTunes etc.)

Dagfinn M. Pedersen, Norway
EBMA board, coordinator National Representatives
IBMM board member
NoBMA board member
Risør Bluegrass Festival organiser
e-mail (EBMA)
e-mail (home)
Phone: Home +47 3715 4528; work +47 3715 0096; mobile +47 9700 0055
Fax: +47 3715 2022

Monday, 16 January 2012

Niall Toner signs with Pinecastle Records

Irish bandleader, singer/songwriter, and broadcaster Niall Toner has joined the roster of artists on the prominent US bluegrass label Pinecastle Records. He will soon release a new single in Ireland, a song called 'Tomorrow', taken from his upcoming Pinecastle release - a new album of original material, due in autumn 2012 in conjunction with a US tour.

Niall's most recent release in the US was The sounds of the Blackstairs Mountains, featuring his tribute to the father of bluegrass, 'William Smith Monroe', which is still receiving extensive airplay on bluegrass radio. Niall writes:

I am thrilled and delighted to be the first Irish artist signed to Pinecastle Records. It's a dream come true for me, and an honour to be part of a label roster that includes many of my own musical heroes, like Jesse McReynolds and the Osborne Brothers. I look forward to working with Lonnie, Ethan, Matt, and the entire Pinecastle team. Onwards and upwards.

The Pinecastle press release includes tributes to Niall's achievement from Greg Cahill of Special Consensus (USA), Robert Weingartz, chairman and CEO of AirPlay Direct (Niall has the fastest rising bluegrass album in APD's history), and Paul Williams, songwriter and president of ASCAP. Niall's compositions have been recorded by many artists in and out of bluegrass, and in 2003 he was nominated for a Global Artist Award by the CMA. His radio show, Roots Freeway, is broadcast on Ireland's national radio station, RTÉ Radio 1.

Rob Ickes to perform and teach in Scotland

Award-wining dobro player Rob Ickes (USA) will be performing twice this coming weekend (20, 21 Jan. 2012) as part of the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow, Scotland.

He will also be available to give private dobro lessons during the weekend, which will be arranged on a 'first come, first served' basis. For more information, contact him by e-mail or through the contact page of his website. More details are on his e-newsletter.

Sunday, 15 January 2012

Norwegian Grammy for best country CD goes to bluegrass band

Dagfinn M. Pedersen reports that the Norwegian Grammy (Spellemannspris) for the best country CD in 2011 has been awarded to Onkel Tuka (photo above):

Yesterday was the big night for celebrating the Norwegian music industry. There were three nominees in the country class, and two of them are well known bluegrass bands.

Onkel Tuka from Halden sing in Norwegian and write much of their own material. They released their first CD in 1999, Geriljagress, a rocking experience more than bluegrass. In 2006 they started on a trilogy 'about God, Death, and Love', and then it took off. Their first trilogy CD, the one about God, was called Geriljagospel and recorded with a full bluegrass sound. It was released in 2006 and included translations of some of bluegrass's most beloved gospel standards. It was a great success and they toured churches and prayer houses all over Norway. In 2008 came their 'Death' CD, called Hotell Helmann, also to great reviews. Their last effort, the 'Love' CD that earned them a Grammy award for 2011, was named Hvit honning - 'White honey'.

Onkel Tuka can be seen at the Risør Bluegrass Festival almost every year and they are one of the most popular bands we have. Their front man, Haakon Ohlgren, is a true entertainer who makes the band an audience favorite. Their banjo player, Rino Silden, is a relative newcomer on the bluegrass scene but he plays like Earl Scruggs and Béla Fleck built into one. Their next project is a children's CD, hopefully before the 2012 festival. We know it will be something special. On their festival concerts they often have the stage full of children to be part of the fun.

Earlybird Stringband, the '#2 European Bluegrass Band' at EWOB in 2010 and 2011, and the most popular Norwegian band at the Risør Bluegrass Festival according to the audience votes, was the other bluegrass band nominated for the Grammy. To top it off, musicians in the third band, Ni Liv, have been known to play in a bluegrass band at the Risør festival a few years back. The bluegrass bands are certainly putting their mark on the country scene in Norway these days.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

Danilo Cartia news

Banjo- and guitar-player, singer, and bandleader Danilo Cartia reports from Italy that he and Leno Landini (on the right in the photo) were playing at the D.O.T Pub in Tarquinia, near Rome, from 22:00 on Friday 13 January.

The Danilo Cartia Band is playing tonight (Saturday 14 January) at the Bar Celestino, Via degli Ausoni 62, Rome, also from 22:00; admission free. Danilo adds that Waving Fish Music has announced the release of Racing aimless, an album of new songs by Texas-born, Netherlands-based singer/songwriter David Rodriguez, on which Danilo is one of the musicians taking part.

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

Friday, 13 January 2012

Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project have Europe in view

The Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project, consisting of five French Canadians and one Irishman, all living in China, are considering a tour in Europe later in 2012. They have so far released two albums, are recording another, and sing in French, English, Irish, and Chinese. Their music can be heard on Bandcamp, and there are several videos of performances by them on YouTube.

More information, including a detailed bio, can be read on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog.

19th Annual Picking Party, Leiden (NL), 14 Jan. 2012

Thanks to Rienk Janssen for news of the 19th Annual Picking Party to be held at Leiden, the Netherlands, this coming Saturday (14 January 2012). This was first announced in September on Wim van de Weg's www.banjo.nl website as 'the place to be' for those who play and/or love bluegrass and old-time music.

Rienk himself will be there with a stock of records for sale. For further information, contact Adri Richter by e-mail.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Coloradas (USA): in Europe soon

Thanks to Roy Davis, agent and lead singer for The Coloradas, a USA-based bluegrass band, for the news that their new album has just been released in the US and is due for European release on 15 Feb. 2012 on the German Hometown Caravan label. Roy sends this release:

Roy Davis and Bernie Nye, the songwriting team that brought us the critically acclaimed 'Deadweight' (2009) and 'We are a lightning bolt' (2010), have teamed up with Maine-based and internationally renowned bluegrass musicians Joe Walsh (The Gibson Brothers), Amanda Kowalski (Della Mae) and Steve Roy (Laurie Lewis, Hit & Run Bluegrass) to bring us a collection of songs that combine traditional bluegrass and blues with modern-day stories of life's many concerns.

Several of these names will be well known to European bluegrass audiences (Amanda Kowalski, for example, was touring with Della Mae in Rainer Zellner's 'Bluegrass Jamboree!' in December); Roy himself spends a good deal of time in Austria, home of his fiancee; and the band expect to tour Europe in spring and summer 2012.

The Coloradas website; ReverbNation; Facebook; Twitter; YouTube

Bluegrass videos from Kusterdingen/Klosterhof, 5 Jan. 2012: and more to come

Thanks to broadcaster, country music historian, and festival organiser Walter Fuchs of Bühl/Baden, Germany, for these YouTube links to performance videos from the bluegrass and old-time-music gathering at the Klosterhof Kusterdingen cultural centre on 5 January 2012.

The first includes short clips from the sets of several of the artists taking part - a full list of the lineup is given in the video's opening credits. The second is devoted to one lively number by the band Driftwood, with George Bähr (fiddle). Other performances at the event can be seen through YouTube links from these videos.

Update 11 Jan.: Thanks to Dieter Stoll of Horse Mountain, who sends the news:

... there will be more YouTube video coverage of the event - it's just that editing the videos (syncing the camera sound with the console sound, etc.), uploading them, and asking for publication permission is very time-consuming. But there's a whole lot more in the pipeline as we speak. Once everything has been uploaded and approved I will create a YouTube playlist for all clips, and post it on the GBMA and EBMA sites.

Saturday, 7 January 2012

Bluegrass Europe: as good as its word - and better

A week ago (30 December 2011) the editorial team of Bluegrass Europe, the official magazine of the EBMA, announced: 'We're confident our next issue should be sent out during the first week of the year.' They were as good as their word, and better: issue #82 (Jan.-Mar. 2012) was reaching subscribers within a few days of that announcement.

If you are not on the mailing list yet, but the sneak preview below makes you want it, make sure to join NOW through www.ebma.org/pay-membership or subscribe at www.bluegrass-europe.org/subscribe

Here's what you'll find in there:  Editorial - EBMA NEWS - Cover Story: 'More Than Just High Heels': The Toy Hearts - BluegrassDuinen - News Europe - CD Releases - The Observer - Swiss-Icelandic Connection - Katzenjammer - Namur Festival report - Concert & Festival Calendar - Banjo Camp Munich - News US - IBMA Showcases - Bluegrass Today: Chris Pandolfi - Earl Scruggs - Pete Wernick Interview - The Bluegrass Bass - EBMA's European Bluegrass Guide

Friday, 6 January 2012

Lynne Butler: new year and new playlists

Thanks to Lynne Butler (UK), who sends new year greetings and the playlist for her 'Butler's Boudoir Bluegrass' radio show (see the EBB's separate 'Radio playlists' post).

This week's programme in the 'Lynne Butler’s Eurograss' series features part 1 of 'Rise of the ukulele' (see the EBB for 22 Dec. 2011); part 2 will follow next week.*

EBB editor's note: Ukulele enthusiasts should check out the website of Ukulele Ireland, especially for a two-part video documentary on a ukulele festival in Ireland in August 2011. The documentary was made by Alice Toner, designer of the Bluegrass Ireland Blog. Alice is also a niece of Ireland's 'godfather of bluegrass', Niall Toner.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

New Year greetings from La Roche

Thanks to Christopher Howard-Williams and Didier Philippe of the annual La Roche Bluegrass Festival at La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France, for their New Year greetings card, shown above. The photo by Sean O'Reilly shows the family atmosphere of an evening concert audience; the greeting (in case the EBB reproduction is not clear enough) reads:

La Roche Bluegrass Festival wishes you a very happy, healthy and successful 2012 and thanks you for your support and contribution to our event.