Saturday, 30 November 2013

Premier English band scheduled for senior Irish festival

The NEBB (l-r): Grahame Turner, Terry Hymers, Greg Smith (hidden), Paul Brewer, Marc Noel-Johnson

Next year Ireland's oldest bluegrass festival will welcome Britain's leading classic hard-core traditional bluegrass band to the top of the bill. The 24th Athy Bluegrass Festival will be held at Athy, Co. Kildare, on 11-13 July, with the New Essex Bluegrass Band (GB) as the headliners.

In 2014 the NEBB will have existed as a band for twenty years. In that time their performances at major festivals have included several in the Netherlands, France, and Lithuania. They are the acknowledged experts in Britain on using the single microphone, and a major section of their website is devoted to this.

The latest issue of British Bluegrass News, the official magazine of the BBMA, includes a review of their latest album, On our way back, and 'Some bluegrass memories', a major feature by Paul Brewer, founder-member and guitarist of the NEBB.

An earlier NEBB lineup with Mike Stanhope on bass