Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Support Roberto on CDBaby.com

Flatpicking guitar maestro Roberto Dalla Vecchia (I), as an indie artist for whom every dollar counts, sends a message to all supporters of his music career who may have been thinking about buying any of his recordings - now is the best time to do so, because the money will literally go further to help him make his next album, launch his next tour, etc.

If you purchase any of his MP3s from CDBaby.com between 30 July and 3 August 2012, Roberto will receive the full value of the sale. Check out his music on CDBaby.com here.

Roberto's upcoming shows include:

25 Aug. Hanover (Hannover), Germany; PPC Music, €20.00
26 Aug. Hanover (Hannover), Germany; PPC Music, Free
20 Oct. Vicenza, Italy; Teatro Comunale, Free
25 Jan. 2013 Vicenza, Italy; Soldiers' Theatre, $10.00 USD
16 Mar. 2013 Berck-Sur-Mer, France; Salle Le Kursaal, Free

Full details, including location maps of venues, are on Roberto's full show/event calendar.

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Bluegrass Europe #84

Bluegrass Europe #84 (July-Sept. 2012) has been posted out to everyone on the mailing list. The editors' brief note on the Bluegrass Europe webpage says: 'This time it just took longer to get all the information together, but our readers are up to a lot of information again.'

And they're right - but too modest. In design, presentation, organisation, and general quality of content, Bluegrass Europe is becoming more and more a credit to the EBMA. This issue's contents include:

Editorial ¦ EBMA NEWS [by the new chairperson, Petr Brandejs] ¦ Cover feature: The Louvat Brothers ¦ To jam or not to jam ¦ BluegrassDuinen - News Europe ¦ EBMA board of directors and supporting individuals ¦ CD Reviews ¦ How one thing leads to another ¦ EWOB Voorthuizen Festival 2012 ¦ Concert & Festival Calendar ¦ News US ¦ Fresh sounds in the World of Bluegrass ¦ Scene Europe - Le Cri du Coyote ¦ Blues for Doc Watson ¦ Two Englishmen in the USA, part 1 - Art Satherley ¦ EBMA's European Bluegrass Guide ¦


Thanks also to Pieter Groenveld of Strictly Country Records for this YouTube link to a video on the new CD by the Louvat Bros, who as well as being featured in BE #84 are also the first recipients of the Liz Meyer European Innovation of Bluegrass Music Award.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Blue Highway in Europe, Oct. 2012

Rainer Zellner of the Music Contact agency reports:

Hello Bluegrass Lovers,

time to check your diary. Blue Highway (USA) will come for a rare and short visit to Europe, end of October 2012. One fixed date is 27 Oct. in the prestigious Staatstheater in Oldenburg (north Germany) Please check Blue Highway's website if you are not already familiar with the status of this exceptional band. We are still accepting serious concert offers around that date. Please contact us by e-mail asap.

Bluegrass Rules!

Rainer also sends updated schedules for the following tours:

4th Bluegrass Jamboree! Festival of Bluegrass and Americana Music: Bearfoot, the Caleb Klauder Duo, and Audie Blaylock & Redline; sponsored by Deutschlandradio Kultur, No Fences, Bear Family Records, Dynamite Magazin, ByteFM, Folker, Hufgeflüster, EBMA, German Bluegrass Music Association

28 Nov. Salmen, 77652 Offenburg, 20:00
29 Nov. Bürgerhaus, 63303 Dreieich, 20:00
30 Nov. Haus International, 87435 Kempten, 20:00
1 Dec. Schloss Großlaupheim, 88471 Laupheim, 20:00
2 Dec. Amerikahaus, Munich (München), 20:00
3 Dec. Haus der Kultur, Waldkraiburg, 20:00
4 Dec. Pyramida Theater, Prague, CZ
5 Dec. Oberfränkisches Textilmuseum, 95233 Helmbrechts, 20:00
6 Dec. Kulturfabrik, 91154 Roth, 20:00
7 Dec. NeuStadtHalle am Schloss, 91413 Neustadt a.d. Aisch, 20:00
8 Dec. franz k, 72762 Reutlingen, 20:00
10 Dec. Dreikönigskirche, 01097 Dresden, 20:00
11 Dec. Harmonie, 53121 Bonn, 19:30
12 Dec. Gutsscheune Varrel, 28816 Stuhr, 20:00
13 Dec. Landesbühne, 06295 Lutherstadt-Eisleben, 19:30
14 Dec. Kulturfabrik Löseke, 31137 Hildesheim, 20:00
15 Dec. Domicil, 44137 Dortmund, 20:00
16 Dec. Schlachthof, 34127 Kassel, 20:00

Joy Kills Sorrow (USA)
29 Sept. Restaurant Lerchenberg, CH-8046 Zürich, Switzerland, 20:00
2 Oct. Kulturforum, 90762 Fürth, 20:00
3 Oct. Schlosscafe, 88471 Laupheim, 20:00
4 Oct. Haus International, 87435 Kempten, 20:00
9 Oct. Reithalle, 77654 Offenburg, 20:00
10 Oct. franz k, 72762 Reutlingen, 20:00
12 Oct. Amerikahaus, 80333 Munich (München), 20:00

2013: Toy Hearts (UK), February; Deadly Gentlemen (USA), May

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Mala & FyrMoon (CH): on tour in Sweden and Switzerland, July-Oct. 2012

Thanks to Mala Gassmann, who sends from Neuenkirch, Switzerland, tour dates in the coming months for her band Mala & FyrMoon (also on Facebook). More details are on Mala's show schedule.

27 July Strandpensionatet, Skummeslövstrand, Sweden
28 July Skummeslövstrand, Sweden
24 Aug. (if bad weather: 31 Aug.) Seebadi Seeliken, Zug, Switzerland
1 Sept. 14th Sunny Mountain Bluegrass Festival, Lommis, Switzerland
20 Sept. Acoustic Nights, Solothurn, Switzerland
28 Sept. Liebhaberei, Rain, Switzerland
26 Oct. The Date Bar, Zug, Switzerland

Mala C. Gassmann
6206 Neuenkirch
+41 79 426 9137; e-mail

SBA and Guildtown Bluegrass Music Festival: the way ahead

John Sheldon, general secretary of the Scottish Bluegrass Association, announces that after more than forty-five years of involvement with bluegrass, including chairing the BBMA, and more than twenty-five years of organising the Guildtown Bluegrass Music Festival in Scotland, he will be concentrating in future on working more actively with his band Goldrush.

To take over the future organisation of the Guildtown festival, Mark McClymont and his colleagues of the Hellhounds bluegrass band have been chosen, and will become www.scottishbluegrass.com. The Rev. Dr Robin Hill, author of a dissertation on bluegrass and also the new mandolinist for Goldrush, will help to organise tour dates for visiting US bands.

In the face of extreme challenges for this year's Guildtown festival (loss of the main sponsorship and the band accommodation and meals provided by it, together with provision against wet weather and other consequential emergencies), feedback from those attending describes it as the best Guildtown festival to date. John Sheldon intends to persuade the Guildtown Village Hall Committee that this year's arrangements should become the standard. He therefore invites comments from everyone concerned with the future of Guildtown, and would like to hear
  • views on this year's event compared to previous experiences;

  • views on whether the price should be increased;

  • views of Scottish bands who supported the festival receiving only complimentary admissions;

  • views on the status of US bands in the event, as well as the link with Czech Republic bands;

  • views on the 'value for money' of Guildtown in comparison with other bluegrass festivals in Britain.

Friday, 20 July 2012

Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, 30 Aug.-2 Sept. 2012: update

John Wirtz reports from England:

The band lineup for Didmarton 2012 is now posted on the website and we have added a provisional programme in the concerts section. Please note: this is provisional and subject to change.

The festival takes place 30 August-2 September 2012 at Kemble Airfield near Cirencester, Gloucestershire. All information on the website.

As usual, there is a fantastic lineup again and some new faces coming along to play the festival for the first time. Besides the normal bluegrass and old-time programme, there is a great choice of music coming our way at the end of August. Forty-five bands and still one or two slots to fill in!

So it's going to be great even if it rains (is that a disclaimer of sorts?). Don’t worry, bring a brolly with you! See you soon...

Update 20 July: Read the festival's latest release here: the total of bands is now up to 50 and the full lineup is on the bands page. And there's more!

Thursday, 19 July 2012

IBMA members can win a sea cruise

If you are an active member of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) as of 27 September 2012, you have a chance to win an oceanview cabin for two (value $2,030) on Mountain Song at Sea’s Bluegrass Cruise. This sea-going festival features an amazing lineup: the David Grisman Sextet, Del McCoury Band, Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, Tim O'Brien and Bryan Sutton, Kruger Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Travelin' McCourys, Shannon Whitworth, Della Mae, and Town Mountain.

The draw for the winner will be held on stage during Fan Fest at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Nashville, Tenn., on 28-30 September 2012. The round-trip cruise (1-4 Feb. 2013) on the luxurious Norwegian Sky will be from Miami to a private island in the Bahamas, with concerts, artist collaborations and jams, and plenty of interaction between artists and fans in beer and wine tastings, workshops, games, and a poker tournament with cruise hosts the Steep Canyon Rangers, IBMA Entertainers of the Year.

There's a 10% discount for IBMA members; the IBMA is also offering up to the end of 2012 a discount bonus for professional membership. More information is here and on the IBMA e-newsletter.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Rough and Rocky Road (SK/CZ) at Risør, Norway

On stage at Risør

Chris Jones, Ned Luberecki, and the Norwegian Night Drivers

Thanks to Henrich Novak for this report:

Concerts, workshops, sessions... a week at the bluegrass festival in Risør, Norway (8-14 July), was full of intense and unforgettable musical experiences for bluegrass band Rough and Rocky Road from the Czech and Slovak Republics.

Risør bluegrass workshop 2012

The group, which consists of prominent Czech and Slovak musicians, had three members in the workshop teachers lineup. Resonator guitar (aka Dobro) instructor was Henrich Novák from Bratislava (SK), acclaimed instrumentalist and teacher well known in European and American bluegrass circles. Zdenek Roh, who lives in Cerekvička near Jihlava (CZ), was teaching the 5-string banjo. Zdenek is not only an extremely skilled banjo player but he’s also a builder of respected Roll's banjos and other instruments. Young talented guitarist and singer Martin Vitásek from Opava (CZ) took the challenging task to teach children and teenagers how to play guitar. Other teachers at the workshop were Chris Jones and Ned Luberecki (USA), harmony singing; Radim Zenkl (USA), mandolin; Ralph Schut (CZ), guitar; Oystein Fosshagen (NO), fiddle; and Davide Bertolini (I), bass.

For live performances that were held in the second half of the festival week, another talented guitarist, Vladimir Križan (originally from Galanta, SK), and energetic bass player from Prague (CZ) Svatka Štěpánková joined the RRR band. Svatka substituted for the band’s original bass player, Erik Banič.

Chris Jones and Ned Luberecki with Henrich Novak, Zdenek Roh, and Radim Zenkl

The high artistic level of this band members was also demonstrated by the fact that Henrich Novák, Zdeněk Roh, and Svatka Štěpánková accompanied the American stars of the festival - great singer, guitarist and composer Chris Jones and banjo player Ned Luberecki. Henrich Novák with Martin Vitásek also played ​​with mandolin virtuoso Radim Zenkl from USA.

Rough and Rocky Road performed at the festival three times - first in the beautiful port dock in Moen and at the festival itself in the town of Gjerstad. They addressed the Norwegian audience not only with interesting arrangements of well known bluegrass and country songs, but mainly with their own original compositions, written by Martin Vitásek or Zdeněk Roh.

After returning from Norway, the group has a four-day break and then continues with a performance in the birthplace of Martin Vitásek - Opava (CZ). Next day they will be flying to Scotland to spend a few days there and perform at the Guildtown Bluegrass Festival (20-23 July).

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Peter Rowan in Italy, France, and the Czech Republic, Nov. 2012: update

Peter Rowan (photo: Tim Benko)

Following the EBB post of 26 May 2012, thanks to Al Evers of A Train Entertainment for further news on the tour that Peter Rowan will be playing in Italy, France, and the Czech Republic in November 2012. Please note that a venue for the show in Prague on 25 Nov. is now confirmed.

With Red Wine (I):
Thurs. 15 Nov. La Maison Musique, Turin (Torino), Italy
Fri. 16 Nov. Bluegrass Party, Teatro Modena, Genoa (Genova), Italy
Sat. 17 Nov. Auditorium, La Roche-sur-Foron, Haute Savoie, France
Sun. 18 Nov. Teatro Amigdala, Trezzo d'Adda, near Milan (Milano), Italy

With Druha Trava (CZ)
Wed. 21 Nov. Nachod, Divadlo dr. Josefa Cizka
Thurs. 22 Nov. Brno, Delnicky dum Lisen
Fri. 23 Nov. Hranice na Morave, Divadlo Stara Strelnice
Sat. 24 Nov. Nove Mesto na Morave, kulturni dum
Sun. 25 Nov. Prague, KC Novodvorská

A full bio of Peter Rowan can be downloaded from his website.

Niall Toner Band celebrate 10 years together

To celebrate the fact that Ireland's Niall Toner Band have been making music together for ten years, they are releasing a compilation CD, The very best of the Niall Toner Band (2002-2012), comprising twenty-one original songs drawn from their three previous Avalon Records albums. Such favourites as 'Bill Monroe's mandolin', 'The Master's resting place', and 'Jimmie Rodgers' dream' are included.

The NTB look forward with enthusiasm to making a lot more new music together in the future. Niall's first album with Pinecastle Records is due for release in Nashville on 25 September, during IBMA week 2012.

The very best of the Niall Toner Band (2002-2012) will be available for purchase from Friday 20 July at NTB live shows, from the NTB website, and through record stores.

Monday, 16 July 2012

To all IBMA members from outside the USA

Rienk Janssen, member of the boards of the IBMA and EBMA, sends this message:

Every year, we have tried to try to give IBMA's World of Bluegrass a little more international flavor. This year in Nashville is no exception and we hope to continue that tradition from Nashville on down the road into the future.

Lately Dwight Worden (the new chair of IBMA's International Committee), Nancy Cardwell (IBMA's interim Executive Director), and myself have been brainstorming for ideas of how to make the international component of the organisation more visible during the week of the Business Conference, the Award Show, and Fan Fest. Some of these ideas may already materialise this year, others may be developed in future years.

One major condition however, is that we will have to be present, if possible in person, and otherwise in the spirit:

  • Come to the WOB, for the whole week or part(s) of it. Make the atmosphere more international (exotic?) by participating, and enjoy being there! // Register here.

Musician or band
  • Present your music on stage. // Contact IBMA (e-mail).

  • Jam with bluegrass musicians from everywhere!

  • Perform in 'Foreign Affairs', the after-hours showcase program primarily for non-US bands, organized by the EBMA and co-hosted by Nechville Instruments. // Contact Tom Nechville (+1 612 275 6620; e-mail) or Rienk Janssen (+31 599 312663; e-mail)

  • If you cannot be there yourself, send promotional materials, to be displayed at the EBMA booth* and/or music that may be played over the in-house sound system during breaks. // Send to IBMA International Dept, 2 Music Circle South, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203, USA.

Bluegrass related business/organisation - festival promoter, luthier, association, record company, etc.
  • Rent a booth at the Business Conference and/or Fan Fest to present what you have to offer. // Contact Jill Snider at IBMA (e-mail).

  • If you cannot be there yourself, send promotional materials - posters, flyers etc. to be displayed/handed out at the EBMA booth* or at the Foreign Affairs events. // Send to: IBMA International Dep, 2 Music Circle South, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203, USA.

* The European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) will have a booth at the Business Conference (Monday through Thursday), and provides the opportunity for any non-US member to promote their activities. Please make sure that we will have your flyers, posters, promo CDs, etc. in time! (Only free materials - sorry, we can not send back left-overs...)

Participating in any way is already costly, especially if you come from far away, and we are happy to provide these services for free. However, it does cost us (the EBMA mainly) quite a bit to rent the booth and the Foreign Affairs room, so if you are able to sponsor a little bit - any amount is welcome, either in cash in Nashville, or by PayPal to rienk.janssen@planet.nl - that would help! Your contributions will be acknowledged, during and/or after the event, unless you do not want that.

Suggestions for how to enhance the international aspect of the World of Bluegrass and the IBMA in general are always welcome!

New staff member Caroline Wright initiated a new 'Bluegrass Music Heard Round the World' column in the IBMA newsletter - check it out here and send her your own news!

Rienk Janssen
IBMA board member
(I will be away from home & computer between July 17 and August 12)
Postbus 32
9540 AA Vlagtwedde, the Netherlands
(+31) 0599 312663
Website; e-mail

Photos and videos from 1st Sofia Bluegrass Festival, 11 July 2012

Lilly of the West 'on stage' in front of the theatre

Thanks to Lilly Drumeva, who reports on the first bluegrass music festival held in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Wednesday 11 July, in front of the Sofia Theatre in Zaimov Park, beginning at 7.30 p.m.

Candy Floss

Lilly sends this link to six performance videos showing her band, Lilly of the West, and Candy Floss (Slovakia) playing together at the festival. The EBB picked these photos of the event from among many on the LOTW Facebook.

Part of the audience

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Kattinge Gathering in Denmark, 14-16 Sept. 2012

Thanks to FOAOTMAD, the British association for old-time music and dance, for the news that the Kattinge Gathering, the main event of the year for old-time musicians in Denmark, will be held on 14-16 September 2012.

The Gathering is organised by the Dansk Amerikansk Folkemusik Forening (DAFF); admission for the full weekend costs 500 kroner for DAFF members and 550 for non-members. The registration deadline is 12 August 2012; a downloadable registration form is accessible from the Gathering's webpage, where full details of the arrangements can be found. FOAOTMAD adds:

DAFF arranges a monthly old-time jam at Cafe Mellemrummet, Ravnsborggade 11, 2200 Copenhagen N. It is held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. the second to last Tuesday of each month. Everyone can join and it is free.

Our illustration shows the cover of an album by the Possum Whackers, a leading Danish old-time band.

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Irish acts take aim on America for autumn 2012

The latest releases from the US agency Mountain Music Entertainment announce that
  • Irish 'neo-old-time' band I Draw Slow will be touring in the USA in September and October this year to support the release of their album Redhills on the Pinecastle label. In the e-newsletter you can watch videos of I Draw Slow's songs 'Goldmine' and 'Swans';

  • Broadcaster, bandleader, singer/songwriter, and recording artist Niall Toner, who currently holds the title of #1 most downloaded artist on AirplayDirect in the folk and bluegrass genre of all time, will also tour in the USA in autumn to support his coming Pinecastle release Onwards and upwards. Niall and I Draw Slow are both expected to appear at Pinecastle and MME showcases in Nashville, TN, during IBMA's World of Bluegrass week. Further details can be seen here.

New stock at the New Acoustic Gallery

Oliver Waitze of the New Acoustic Gallery (NAG) in Solingen, Germany, reports that the following high-quality instruments are in stock, or will be coming into stock, at the NAG:

Gibson L-5 Lloyd Loar archtop guitar (1924); Gibson K-5 Mandocello (1930)

May 2012
Collings MF 5 mandolin (2003) €5690
Eastman MD 315 F-style mandolin €699
Eastman MD 305 A-style mandolin €429
Eastman MDA 815 mandola (see photo) €1699

Maurice Dupont Nomade D-hole Django guitar, €1300
Maurice Dupont MD 50 Custom with wine red top & MOP block inlays, €3690
Maurice Dupont MDC 100, nicely quilted/flamed Mahogany, D hole! €2390
Reg'n Octave mandolin €2690

Weber Bitterroot F-style custom mandolin
Deering Little Wonder 17-fret tenor banjo
Weber Yellowstone custom mandocello, honey/amber finish, F holes
Weber Gallatin F-style mandolin, Satin Scarlett Fire finish
Weber Yellowstone A-style mandola, oval hole, honey/amber/tortoise

Weber Gallatin octave mandolin, A-style, oval hole, faded leather finish

Santa Cruz Tony Rice Custom with bearclaw Italian spruce top
and more...

March 2013
Deering Tenbrooks 'Legacy Custom' banjo

The NAG is also stocking two new CDs from David Grisman's Acoustic Disc label: CD 75, The Original David Grisman Quintet 25th Year Reunion Concert, recorded in 2001 with DGQ founding members Tony Rice (guitar), Darol Anger (fiddle, mandolin), Todd Phillips (bass, mandolin), and Mike Marshall (mandolin, fiddle); and ACD 78, Frank 'n' Dawg: melody monsters by Frank Vignola and David Grisman.

Oliver Waitze
New Acoustic Gallery
Neuenhofer Str. 122
42657 Solingen, Germany
Tel. 0212/2474007

Beppe Gambetta news: summer 2012

Guitar maestro Beppe Gambetta (I) sends the following news of his busy summer schedule. All details are on his calendar.

Sat. 14 July Castrocielo (FR), International Guitar Festival, Monacato di Villa Euchelia, 21:30 (solo)
Tues. 17 July Lugano (CH), LongLake Festival 2012, Parco Ciani, 21:00 (Beppe Gambetta Trio)
Thurs. 19 July Varese, Black & Blue Festival, Sala Montanari, Workshop-concert, 18:00
Thurs. 26 July Ferrara, Night & Blues, Chiostro di S. Maria della Consolazione, 21:00 (solo)
Thurs. 2 Aug. Bourges (France), Festival 'Un Eté à Bourges 2012', 21:30 (Beppe Gambetta Trio)

Sun. 5 Aug.-Sun. 12 Aug. Ambroz Pod Krvavcem (Slovenian Alps), Beppe Gambetta 20th International Workshop for Acoustic Guitar
This is one of the oldest acoustic guitar workshops in Europe; #20 will have American master Steve Kaufman as guest teacher. Beppe adds:

As usual we expect some overseas students; the place is also a good location to start touristic journeys to Venice, Vienna, the Croatian coast, the Dolomites Mountains, and more. We have only two spots still available, info here. Please join our group on Facebook.

Beppe Gambetta and Steve Kaufman tour, 12-18 Aug.
Sun. 12 Aug. Novi Vinodolski (Croatia), Sricina kuca, 21:00
Mon. 13 Aug. Crikvenica (Croatia), St Helen’s Church, 21:00
Tues. 14 Aug. Premariacco (UD), Waiting for Madame Guitar Festival, 21:00
Fri. 17 Aug. Trisobbio (AL), Rassegna Musica Estate, Parco del Castello, 21:00
Sat. 18 Aug. Velva (GE), San Martino Church, 21:00

Other dates
Sun. 19 Aug. Pieve di Furfalo (PT), Festival Itinerari Musicali, 17:30 (solo)
Wed. 22-Sat. 25 Aug. Maresca (PT), Festival Sentieri Acustici, Acoustic Guitar Workshop
Fri. 31 Aug. Pioraco (Macerata), PiorAcoustic 2012, Chiostro Francescano, 21:00 (solo)
Sat. 1 Sept. Sassuolo (MO), Obiettivo MAF, Piazza Garibaldi, 21:00 (solo)

Your Roberto Dalla Vecchia digest

Flatpicking guitar maestro Roberto Dalla Vecchia (I), whose new e-newsletter was reported on the EBB on 22 June, continues to improve the means for fans and friends to keep in contact with him. You can now view Roberto's Social Digest, with the latest news, messages received, and replies sent. The facilities on the site include a channel for putting questions to Roberto.

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

4th Bluegrass Meeting in Kutzenhausen, Alsace, 29 July 2012

Thanks to Walter Fuchs, country music historian, radio presenter, and organiser of the annual International Bühl Bluegrass Festival in Bühl, Germany, for news of the 4th Bluegrass Meeting (4ème Rassemblement Musique Bluegrass/ Viertes Bluegrass Treffen), which will be held at the Maison Rurale de l'Outre-Forêt in Kutzenhausen, Alsace, France, on 29 July 2012.

The programme begins at 11:00 with an 'aperitif-concert' by Serge Reiger with the Joe Altheoser Group, followed by lunch at the venue. With the Dapper Dan Men (D) present, jam sessions, impromptu concerts, and meetings with the artists will follow. The Meeting will be completed by a concert, starting at 16:00, by Dieter Stoll and Georges Baehr. Contact data for bookings can be seen on the poster image above (click on it for a larger view). Walter adds:

It's a wonderful cozy place to relax with great bluegrass music in a rural area with country museum and all. Good Alsatian meals and wines.

Punch Brothers in Brussels, 11 July 2012

Bluegrass in Belgium reports that the Punch Brothers (USA) will be playing a FREE show in Brussels tomorrow afternoon (14:00, Wednesday 11 July). The venue is the Beurs Cafe at the Beursschouwburg, A. Ortsstraat 20, 1000 Brussels.

More details, together with a performance video of the band, can be found on the Beurs Cafe website.

Thursday, 5 July 2012

The world remembers Doc Watson

The monthly IBMA online news journal International Bluegrass (now available also in a downloadable magazine-type format) has a special feature this month on the late Doc Watson. The IBMA invited people all over the world to send in their memories of Doc and the difference he had made to their lives.

A selection of the stories - including several from different European countries - can be read here and on a second page that includes a set of links to other commemorative material on the web.

Monday, 2 July 2012

40th annual Banjo Jamboree (CZ)

Thanks to Lilly Pavlak for these and many more photos of the 40th Banjo Jamboree, the oldest European bluegrass festival, held just over two weeks ago (15-16 June) at Čáslav in the Czech Republic.

More photos by Lilly can be seen here, and still more on Lilly's Facebook album.

Svata Kotas and Eddie Adcock

New from Compass Records - bluegrass, Americana, folk

Thanks to Emily Amos of the PR department of Compass Records (USA) for the latest Compass newsletter, giving news of special interest to radio presenters.

New releases by Compass that are now available for airplay include Pa's fiddle, based on the 'Little House on the Prairie' series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and presenting music from the American frontier of the late nineteenth century. Another new album is Best day by Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther of the Canadian duo Dala. The two releases most relevant to bluegrass enthusiasts (including bluegrass radio presenters) are the debut Compass release by Larry Stephenson, What really matters, and the latest album by Special Consensus, Scratch Gravel Road.

Further details, including links for streaming the albums and for downloading photos and bio material on the artists, are on the Compass newsletter. If you are interested in receiving any of these albums or additional materials for airplay by mail, please respond with your best mailing address. Contact Emily Amos by e-mail.