Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Music Contact rings out the old and rings in the new year

Rainer Zellner and his Music Contact team send the latest news on tours by bands in bluegrass and related music in the last Music Contact newsletter of 2013.

The 5th Bluegrass Jamboree was a great success for everyone involved, and the  planning of the 2014 tour has begun. Many performance videos from this year's tour can be found on YouTube. Music Contact is especially grateful to the Jamboree's sponsors and media partners, without whom the event would hardly be possible. A broadcast on the 5th Jamboree can be heard on 6 January at 20:05-22.00 on WDR3 Radio, giving excerpts and interviews from the Dortmund concert.

Upcoming tours include the wonderful Toy Hearts (mid January), who took part in the first Bluegrass Jamboree in 2009, and have this year been bringing their mixture of bluegrass and western swing to Texas, in a long tour centring on the music metropolis of Austin.  In May the hard-core traditionalists of the Foghorn String Band will make their first tour in Germany; two of their members, Caleb Klauder and Reeb Willms, took part in the 2012 Jamboree as a duo and now bring the powerful sound of a full band, performing old-time fiddle tunes, ballads, traditional bluegrass, country songs from the Golden Era, cajun grooves, and stringband blues.

EBB note: As announced in November, the European Bluegrass Blog is now putting Music Contact tour information before its readers in a new way. Instead of reproducing lists of dates, we are giving links to the schedules as they appear on the Music Contact website. These contain more information, including links to venue websites and contact data. We also give links both to bands' own websites in English, and to Music Contact information ('MC bio') about them in German.

The Toy Hearts (UK); MC bio
Tour schedule 16 Jan.-3 Feb.

Foghorn Stringband (USA); MC bio
Tour schedule 2 May-24 May

Rainer Zellner
Music Contact
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