Saturday, 3 March 2012

Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjellberg honoured

Bluegrass Today reports that Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjellberg (USA; shown in the photo) have been inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame. More details can be read here, including an outline of Dick's long, productive career in bluegrass and old-time music. Jerilyn Kjellberg performs and records with him as a member of their duo, and of the full band Dick Kimmel & Co.

Among other accomplishments, Dick chaired for several years the IBMA's International Committee. While in that position, he encouraged IBMA members from outside the USA to form networks for coordinated action in their regions - an initiative that led directly to the formation of the European Bluegrass Network, chaired by Paolo Dettwiler of Switzerland, and subsequently to the founding (2001) of the EBMA, which Paolo chaired for its first seven years.