Saturday, 31 August 2013

Castle Picking Party in Groningen (NL) on 22 Sep 2013

Thanks to Hans Kelderhuis for the invitation to this wonderful event, make sure to go, if you can!

On 22 September 2013 bluegrass musicians are welcome to come to Groningen, the Netherlands, for the third Castle Picking Party.

Please bring your guitar, mandolin, upright bass, banjo, violin, dobro, ukelele, or any other acoustic (unamplified) instrument.There will be lots of jamming going on from 1.00 p.m. through 9.00 p.m. There will also be some great bands performing: we'll see performances by Utrecht Central Station, the Babes in the Grass, Jan Henk de Groot, Sweet Liza Jane, Beauty & the Vagebond, Velvet Joe & the Bluegrass Diamonds, Rijk & friends, the Suncourt Ramblers (Belgium) and Whiskey Rose.
Last year we had about 120 visitors and a great time. We hope to be so succesful again this year!
Entrance is free, but we would like to know how many visitors/musicians we can expect. Please make sure to let us know through our
website if you would like to come. You'll find all the information at our website.

Kind regards,
Hans Kelderhuis

Friday, 30 August 2013

BE#88 and BE#89

For those who worried whether our magazine hadn't made it, here's the good news: the EBMA's printed magazine BLUEGRASS EUROPE #88 made it safely into members' and subscribers' letterboxes early July. Featuring "Women in Bluegrass" we focussed on numerous ladies, both veterans and young. The magazine was available for sale at the La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France, where the title picture of the two Candy Floss girls from Slovakia was taken a year ago. We're just about sold out of this issue, so if you're not a member or subscriber, you'll have to wait for #89.

Content of BE#88: Editorial ¦ EBMA  NEWS ¦ Candy Floss Bluegrass Band ¦ First Bluegrass Festival Bulgaria ¦ Women in (my) bluegrass world ¦ Della Mae (USA) ¦ BluegrassDuinen - News Europe ¦ Wookalily ¦ European Workshops (2) ¦ Concerts & Festivals ¦ News US ¦ Roni Stoneman ¦ Concert & Festival Calendar ¦ Miss Dixie Hall ¦ Echoes Dobrofest ¦ CD Reviews ¦ EBMA's European Bluegrass Guide ¦ Radio Formats with bluegrass

The deadline for #89 (Oct - Dec 2013) is 10th September 2013 and will focus on bluegrass music in one European country. In addition, you will find the latest updates on bluegrass music in Europe and more. If you would like to contribute a CD review, book review, concert report or preview of an event in late fall/winter, or anything else you'd like to see in BLUEGRASS EUROPE, please feel free to write to our editor.

Please like us on Facebook: we offer a free CD to the 500th "like" on BLUEGRASS EUROPE (need 5 more), and the 1000th "like" on EBMA (need 28) on facebook - thanks for spreading the word! 

We wish all our readers a pleasant rest of the remaining festival season - great things are going on this weekend in Northern Ireland, England, Belgium - well, just everywhere!!!

Angelika Torrie
Chief Editor BLUEGRASS EUROPE


Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Bluegrass Camp Munich 2013




Bluegrass Jamming Class
Taught by Angelika Torrie using the Wernick Method*
Oct 4-6   •  Friday-Sunday Bluegrass Camp Munich, Oct 4-7
Munich, Germany

3 hours daily (Fri, Sat & Sun) as part of Bluegrass Camp Munich

It's the first jamming class ever using the Pete Wernick Method in a music camp!
You can sign up specifically for this class as a full weekend workshop for only EUR 150.--! 

 Sign up now and we'll send a full information packet preparing you for the class and the   world of jamming! 
To register for this class, click here.
 
  To email Angelika: info@artpromotions.ch 

Angelika Torrie plays fiddle, guitar and bass, having started classical violin at age 10. Discovering how to play without written music, she began jamming and playing with bluegrass bands such as Down Yonder and the Bluegrass Hoppers. As a mother of two, she put aside most band activities, but continues to guest with bands and jams whenever possible.

 Angelika's students say:
"I learned a lot and if I didn’t understand something, Angelika knew how to explain it well."
"I didn’t feel under pressure."
"I became more motivated to learn."
"Angelika was always friendly and in a good mood, no matter how everything went."
"Angelika considered everybody in the class and was always aware who needed more attention. "

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2- and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! "Faking" solos taught.
Do you qualify? It's easier than you may think!
If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass, or dobro... you can be part of a bluegrass jam. 
Only requirements:
  • You must be able to tune your instrument (electronic tuning devices welcome) and
  • change smoothly between G, C, D, and A. (Fiddles and basses need to know which notes work with which chords)

Hackensaw Boys in Europe


Thanks to Bluegrass Today for the news that the Hackensaw Boys from Virginia, USA, are now touring in Europe with an album in LP format which is available only on the tour, Live 'til the sweet bye and bye. More details and audio samples are on Bluegrass Today. The remaining dates shown on the band's website are:

Wed. 28 Aug. White Trash Fast Food, Berlin, Germany
Thurs. 29 Aug. Club Am Donnerstag, Hamburg, Germany
Fri. 30 Aug. Big Texas BBQ Party, Den Haag, the Netherlands
Sat. 31 Aug. Chateau de la Motte, Sint-Truiden, Belgium
Sun. 1 Sept. Patronaat, Haarlem, the Netherlands
Mon. 2 Sept. Borderline, London, United Kingdom
Tues. 3 Sept. Hare and Hounds, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Wed. 4 Sept. Crane Lane Theatre, Cork, Ireland
Fri. 6 Sept. Iduna, Drachten, the Netherlands

The Claire Lynch Band is coming to Europe!

Great news - dont miss the one with "the voice of an angel!" (E. Harris)

Claire writes: To our friends in Europe, we're thrilled to be heading your way.We've shipped plenty of our new album, Dear Sister ahead! Hope to see you August 30-September 12! And thanks for helping us spread the word.

The Claire Lynch Band: Band photo by Stacie Huckeba

www.clairelynch.com
click to visit the brand new website!

Don't miss our appearances in:
Belgium
Netherlands
Germany
Switzerland
Czech Republic
Friday, August 30 | Groot-Gelman, Belgium
  COUNTRYfestival, 8:45 PM 
Sunday, September 1 | Aalsmeer, The Netherlands

Wednesday, September 4 | Boblingen, Germany
 Summer at the Lake, 7:30 PM 
Thursday, September 5 | Jablonec nad Nisou, Czech Republic
Friday, September 6 | Kaufbeuren, Germany
Saturday, September 7 | Reinau, Germany
Sunday, September 8 | Laufen, Switzerland
Monday, September 9 | Sachsenheim, Germany
Tuesday, September 10 | Teufen, Switzerland
Private Event
Wednesday, September 11 | Munich, Germany
Thursday, September 12 | Bopfingen, Germany

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A new Banjo Festival in Ireland, 28-29 Sept. 2013

Bunratty Castle, Co. Clare, Ireland

As some compensation for the absence of a Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Ireland this year, the Bunratty Banjo Pickers Festival will be held at Bunratty, Co. Clare, on 28-29 Sept. 2013. The Festival page of the official Bunratty website announces:

The Bunratty Business Association in conjunction with Sixmilebridge Folk Club presents this inaugural musical event. Aimed at musicians and listeners, the festival will celebrate the diversity of the banjo. Visiting musicians are invited to join in the many 'Fleadh Style' sessions which are free to the public from noon on Saturday in Bunratty village. These will feature Irish traditional musicians as well as bluegrass, Dixieland jazz, old-timey, American roots, and folk music.

There are two concerts on Saturday, a buffet concert at 5.30 p.m. (€18) in the Manor Hotel (061-707984) and the headline concert (€15) featuring Cathal Hayden & Jamie O’Dowd at 8.30 p.m. in the Bunratty Castle Hotel (061-478400). Tickets available at concert venues.

On Sunday the festival continues in the Folk Park with four 45-minute concerts in the Barn, starting on the hour from 1.00 p.m. Normal admission rates apply. This is a great venue and anyone who has had the Winter Music Weekend experience at this venue will certainly come back for more this September.

A full downloadable schedule will be appearing on the Bunratty website very soon. Bands and artists featuring over the weekend are:

Irish Trad: Cathal Hayden & Jamie O’Dowd, Eoin O’Neill, Quenton Cooper & Kevin Griffen, the Kirby Family, Sixmilebridge Folk Club Festival Band
Old-timey: BanjaBill All Stars (Bill Whelan and friends)
Bluegrass: USA band, the Banjaxed Bluegrass Band (Limerick)
Jazz: London Dixieland Jazz Band
Roots/folk: Gale Force, Trembling Hand Band, Gordon & Rosie, John Nyhan, the Kellehers

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Lilly Drumeva reports from Kentucky


Lilly Drumeva reports from Kentucky:

The first month of my Fulbright scholarship is drawing to an end. I spent it mainly in Western Kentucky University (WKU), where I researched the history of bluegrass music. I work closely with Prof. Erika Brady, Dept. Folk Studies at WKU. I studied many books from the extensive library collection and had informal conversations with professors and fellow students. My research also involved traveling to Owensboro, KY, taking in the International Bluegrass Music Museum and of course the birthplace of Bill Monroe. I attended a small bluegrass festival in the town of Annetta near Leitchfield, as well as several jam sessions around Bowling Green.

I was humbled by the attention I received by the local press and media, including radio, TV, and newspaper. Here are some links to the interviews: WKU Public Radio and HispanicBusiness.com.

My plans for September include several events:

* I will move to Nashville, TN, where I will work closely with the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), researching bluegrass and country music as industries: record labels, promoters, management, publishing, songwriting etc.

* I will attend the Americana Music Conference in Nashville (18-20 Sept.), where I will be part of Aristo Media's international panel. Before that I will make another trip to Owensboro, KY, where I will take part in the bluegrass mandolin camp (13-15 Sept.).

* The main event of the month will be IBMA's annual conference in Raleigh, NC (23-28 Sept.). I am very proud that one of my original songs, 'Turn away', has been selected for the songwriters' showcase on Thursday 26th at 1.00 p.m. I will perform it then, and later the same evening I am part of the 'Foreign affairs' suite with a short set at 11.00 p.m. See this article.

So a busy September awaits! More reports to follow.

Friday, 23 August 2013

Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival 2013


C. Paul 'Dobroman' Lyttle, organiser of the Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival in Moniaive, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, sends a reminder that full details of the lineup for this year's festival (27-29 Sept.) are on the festival website, together with performance videos of the bands taking part. The schedule for the festival will be posted on the website next week.

The festival (also known as 'The Wee European World of Bluegrass Festival') usually has a strong presence from Ireland, and this year's lineup includes two bands from Northern Ireland and one from just south of the border in Co. Louth.

Thursday, 22 August 2013

Danilo Cartia and Letizia Sampaolo in Rome TONIGHT


Banjoist, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Danilo Cartia (I) announces that he and Letizia Sampaolo (vocals, guitar, and autoharp) will be playing bluegrass, blues, and other acoustic music tonight (Thursday 22 August) at the Bar Eschilo, Via Eschilo 72-98, Axa, Rome, Italy, from 21:00.

Danilo Cartia
Phone/fax: +39 068273332
Mobile: +39 3396908450
E-mail

The duo are also on Facebook.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The Dobro/Resonator guitar infographic

The Secrets of the Dobro
András Dancsák, a Hungarian graphic designer and  banjo player sent news of his latest work: the Dobro/Resonator guitar Infographic. Some of you might still remember the Banjo Infographic, posted here on 2nd October 2012.
This again is a high-resolution graphic design (see above) which gives - under the title 'The secrets of the Dobro' - a sectional view of a Dobro/resonator guitar, the 'essential tools'; an outline of the development of Dobro construction; the lineup of a classic bluegrass band (all six instruments); a selection of famous players (Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, Rob Ickes); and much more information.
For a closer look at the design, use this link. There should be a place for this on the walls of Dobro-players all over the world... 
For a taste of many other infographics (racing courts, events, ...) András produced, visit his page: http://newspagedesigner.org/profile/DancsakAndras

Leo Duffy passes

Thanks to Richard F Thompson, a long-standing free-lance writer about bluegrass music matters and correspondent for BluegrassToday.com, for this bit of sad news from Great Britain:

Leo Duffy, one half of the English bluegrass duo the Duffy Brothers, passed away on Saturday, 17 August from bowel cancer, which had only very recently been diagnosed.
The Duffy brothers, Leo (banjo) and Ray (guitar), mixed bluegrass music – with impeccable sibling harmonies as well as virtuoso instrumental abilities - with humour in a very fluid and thoroughly enjoyable show.
Leo (banjo) and Ray (guitar) Duffy
They became professional entertainers in 1978 after winning the Marlboro Country Music Talent show at the Wembley Festival of Country Music.
This led to a steady rise to stardom through the 1980s and 1990s. During the 1980s the brothers won most national awards available culminating in five consecutive wins of the coveted Duo award by the International Country Music Association.
With appearances on most TV networks including guest spots on BBC 2 and BBC Radio 2, the Duffy Brothers were acknowledged to be at the forefront of bands who helped to popularise bluegrass music in Britain.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

US bands to visit Europe: spring and summer 2014

Tours in Europe in 2014 are currently being prepared for several young, dynamic bands from the USA. Della Mae (above) from Boston, Mass., have just released their second album, This world oft can be, and have been nominated for the Emerging Artist award at this year's IBMA awards show. They took part in Rainer Zellner's Bluegrass Jamboree! in 2011, the year when their debut album I built this heart was released.

Promoters and event organisers in Europe who would like to book them to perform around the time of their projected appearance at the 12th International Bühl Bluegrass Festival (2-3 May 2013) in Bühl, Germany, should contact Glenn Blackman of WBA Entertainment.


Also scheduled for the Bühl Festival, Tumbling Bones (above) from Portland, Maine, present bluegrass, old-time, and classic country music with intense trio harmonies backed by guitar, bass, banjo, slide guitar and more, and expert buckdancing from Pete Winne. They released their debut EP (Risk not your soul) in 2011, and their first full-length album will be recorded in autumn. 

Their second tour of Ireland was made from mid-May to late June this year, culminating in the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, and they will return to Ireland in April 2014. Promoters and event organisers who would like to book them for performances on mainland Europe in May 2014 should contact them by e-mail.


The Hot Seats from Virginia, presenting 'old-time music with attitude' (Washington Post), will be returning to the UK in 2014 for tour dates and festival availability from 25 July to 10 August. They have previously made an impact at British events such as Celtic Connections, the Shetland Folk Festival, Didmarton Bluegrass Festival, Maverick Festival, Speyfest, the Edinburgh Fringe, and HebCeltFest. A YouTube video, made during a low-key house concert for a friend, can be seen here. Bookings can be made through the Brookfield Knights agency.

More bluegrass in Belgium

Bluegrass in Belgium announces that, in addition to the Fest-Jam at Mazy at the end of August (reported on the EBB yesterday), there will be two concerts in Antwerp by Rawhide this week, and three concerts are at present scheduled for the Sons of Navarone in October and November. Full details are on the calendar page of the Bluegrass in Belgium website.

The photo above, recently taken by Creeping Mac Kroki, shows Rawhide playing to a large audience at the Openluchttheater Rivierenhof in Deurne, Belgium. More fine photos taken on the same occasion can be seen on Rawhide's Facebook page.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Fest-Jam at Mazy, 30-31 Aug. 2013

Thanks to Steve Louvat, Laurent Eeckhout, and Pascal Similon in Belgium for this news:

Dear friends, musicians and music lovers,

The end of August : our Big Jam Festival, several great concerts on August 30 & 31 in Mazy, bring your instruments!!!

Eleventh Mazy Bluegrass, Irish, & Old Time Jam » next Friday 30th and Saturday 31st June 2013

A reminder:

Goal: to offer a friendly meeting place for fans of bluegrass, Irish, old-time music and more globally, for fans of acoustic music who wish to share musical moments between players or listeners.

When: these musical meetings are scheduled to the last Friday of each month. In the spirit of the PICNIC FESTIVAL, the next jam will happen on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st of August 2013.

Where: at the wonderful Zy’coop place, 9a rue de l’usine, 5032 Mazy.

Opening hours:
Friday
:
*Doors open at 19:00
*Jams and concerts until the end...

*Saturday:
*Doors open at 16:00
*Jams and concerts until the end...

Who: fans of bluegrass, Irish, and old-time acoustic music, with their instrument or not, beginners or advanced… cheerfulness required!

What: The purpose of the jam is to let the musicians to propose tunes to each other, spontaneously, following the feeling of the moment. However, to allow to everybody to be comfortable, we will suggest every month 'standards' pieces of the style which will be certainly played!

St Anne’s Reel (D)
Turkey in the Straw (G)
Minor Swing (A-)
John Henry (G)
Foggy Dew (B-)
Big Sciota (G)
Arkansas Traveller (D)
Shenandoah Valley breakdown (A)
Gold Rush (A)
Dear Old Dixie (G)
Roanoke (G)
Mason's Apron (A)
Ground speed (G)
Back up & push (C)
Cripple Creek (A)

More details on our website!

Rate:
* Friday €2.00!!!
* Saturday €10.00!!!

Organising team: Steve Louvat, Laurent Eeckhout (Picnic Festival), and Pascal Similon from 'l’Atelier Guy Ness'
Thanks to all volunteers for their help.

Become friends on Facebook now.
Looking forward to meet you there numerous,

Musically yours,

Steve, Laurent, & Pascal

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Lilly Drumeva song for IBMA showcase

Thanks to Ruth Ellen Gruber for this news from her Sauerkraut Cowboys blog:

More news from Lilly Drumeva [left] of Lilly of the West - she reports that her original song 'Turn away' has been selected for the songwriters showcase at IBMA's World of Bluegrass Conference 2013, in Raleigh, NC, which precedes the Wide Open Bluegrass festival. The song is featured on the album Lovin' you that was recorded in Prague with the Czech bluegrass band Monogram.

She will be performing the song on Sept. 26.

Hear a preview of the song here

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

New time for bluegrass radio show in Northern Ireland


Thanks to Ray O'Brien of the Bluegrass In Ireland Facebook page for forwarding news from Tony Friel, broadcaster and bluegrass historian in Strabane, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland.

As 'The Bluegrass Boy', Tony presents a two-hour internet radio show every week on Strabane Radio. The new times scheduled for the show are 7.00-9.00 p.m. (UK time) every Tuesday evening. Tony adds:

Still playing the best bluegrass on internet radio. Let's hope you can all join me.

Friday, 9 August 2013

5th Bluegrass Festival Birkenried (Germany)

Thanks to Friedrich Hog, vice president of Country & Western Friends Kötz 1982 e.V. and chairman of the German Bluegrass Music Association for this nice announcement:

Strictly Bluegrass (D)
Country & Western Friends Kötz 1982 eV association in southern Germany are proud to present their 5th Bluegrass Festival of Friday, 6 through Sunday, 8 September, in the culture greenhouse Birkenried in 89423 Gundelfingen-Birkenried, Germany.
After the four previous successful Bluegrass meetings at the same location the Country & Western Friends Kötz again have  invited popular artists for this year, promising a nice event featuring six bands over three days, therefore the event rather deserves the name "Bluegrass Festival". The "Bluegrass greenhouse" is located along the B-16 between Gunzburg and Gundelfingen, at the five-headed giraffe "Monika".

Horse Mountain (D)
On Friday from 7:30 pm, Horse Mountain from Kusterdingen and The Mr. Big Band from Tübingen will open the festival. The acoustic duo Horse Mountain is named after the Swabian Ross- (= horse) berg (= mountain). With guitar, banjo and bass Birgit and Dieter Stoll take their audience on a journey through the Bluegrass, folk and early country music. The Mr. Big Band built around Dobro Player Martin Gross stands for acoustic Americana music. Besides Bluegrass, folk, swing, country, blues, pop and rock are found in this vibrant mix of music, played on acoustic instruments such as guitar, banjo, dobro, mandolin, fiddle and bass.

Four Potatoes (D)
On Saturday, 7 September there's an open stage from 15 o'clock and other goodies, such as the popular Bluegrass Cafe, a flea market with CD's, LP's, singles, DVD's and books can be offered or bought. The German Bluegrass Music Association eV will present itself, and the official programme will start at 6pm with Strictly Bluegrass from Munich, the Dapper Dan Men from Karlsruhe / Ettlingen and Rüdiger Helbig & Huckleberry Five, also from Munich.
The Bluegrass Gospel Morning on Sunday starts at 10:30 am,
Mandy Strobel (D)
when deacon Peter Trapp from Kötz will hold a Morning Mass musically surrounded by Mandy Strobel from Ulm. The Dapper Dan Men will play at the traditional "Frühschoppen" beginning at 11:30 am and from 2 pm some more guests, Four Potatoes from Tübingen will close the show.


Friedrich Hog
Vizepräsident Country & Western Friends Kötz 1982 e.V.

For more information:
Tel / Fax: +49 82 21/3 46 71
website: www.cwf-koetz.de
e-mail: info@cwf-koetz.de

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

2013 Didmarton Bluegrass Festival now officially a “community” festival

29th Aug to 1st Sept, 2013
Kemble Airport
Due to uncertainty brought about by the present economic climate and growing trends affecting ticket sales and attendance at music festivals, the organising team decided to downsize the Didmarton Bluegrass festival in 2013 to reduce the financial risk and also ensure it has a real future beyond 2013.
After this decision, things have taken a turn in the right direction and it seems the British Bluegrass community is pulling out all the stops to make sure a decent show is possible. John Wirtz writes on the festival's welcome page:

"The 2013 Didmarton Bluegrass Festival is now officially a “community” festival. The event lives on due to a serious amount of goodwill from the Bluegrass and Old Time communities. It will be held in it’s usual place at Kemble Airport (formerly Kemble Airfield) and will offer the usual fun and games.
Check out this website to get all the info you need to look forward to another great festival. The programme is as good as you will get on the British scene this summer and the ticket price has been reduced to reflect the downsizing. It’s now incredible value at £45.00 for the weekend (£55.00 at the gate).
So, from the event that almost didn’t see its Twenty Fifth birthday, the celebrations are on. It will be the last one that Moira and I are involved in organising and there will be a new management team for the 2014 festival.
As the festival has been downsized, facilities will be limited and we cannot sell as many tickets as in previous years. Sales are going well at the moment and there are plenty of tickets still available. But when we reach the max, there will be no more to be bought. To make sure you get your entry into this landmark event, book now!"


For more information, contact John Wirtz

new: Find links to fine bluegrass related blogs on the EBB

Our editors just added a new gadget to the European Bluegrass Blog: check out the right column and you'll find not only the complete archive, and links to European and International bluegrass websites, but also a listing of selected Bluegrass related blogs - all great sources of information
Our latest addition is PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS, lead by Brian McNeal. With the addition of Niall Toner to the editorial team, this blog is worth a visit even more. We congratulate our colleagues on their great work, and look forward to sharing the news with our readers!
Prescription Bluegrass Radio and Front Page Bluegrass News are heard 
on over 50 radio stations around the world.  
The Prescription Bluegrass Blog is viewed by over 225,000 readers.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Niall Toner joins Prescription Bluegrass

Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass Media (USA) announces today that Irish singer, songwriter, bandleader, and broadcaster Niall Toner (left), recipient of the EBMA's European Bluegrass Personality of the Year 2012 award, is joining the Prescription Bluegrass CD review team, with the primary concern of reviewing CDs by bands and artists based in Europe. Niall's first review (for the premier Italian band Red Wine) has been published this week on the Prescription Bluegrass Blog CD review page.

Brian adds that he has long recognised the need for better coverage of the European bluegrass community:

When we were ready to branch out and begin serving the European bluegrass fans and musicians, I couldn't think of anyone other than Niall Toner to do the job. I have the utmost respect for him and couldn't be more thrilled that he agreed to join us. Being a songwriter, performing and recording musician, and radio announcer makes him triple-qualified to critique others' work.

European bluegrass artists, bands, and their management should send recently released CDs for review consideration directly to Niall at the following address:

Niall Toner
Presenter, Roots Freeway
RTE Radio One
Donnybrook, Dublin 4
Ireland

Read the full Prescription Bluegrass press release here. See also the European Bluegrass Blog for 27 May 2013.

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Carter Brothers in Russia and Ireland, Aug.-Sept. 2013

Thanks to Bluegrass Today for the news that the Carter Brothers of Virginia, USA, will be touring in the extreme east and the extreme west of Europe in a few weeks' time.

Their online tour schedule shows that they will be in Russia from 26 August to 7 September, and in Ireland from 15 to 30 September. No details of dates and venues are available at present. They are likely to be travelling as a trio (banjo or mandolin, guitars, bass). 

As shown on Bluegrass Today (with a YouTube video), Tim Carter is at present touring with a full band of distinguished pickers in support of his Bang bang album.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Tim Eriksen in Europe, 24 July-15 Aug. 2013

Thanks to the FOAOTMAD news blog for drawing attention to the current tour in Europe by the 'hardcore Americana' artist Tim Eriksen (left). The tour schedule began on 24 July in the Czech Republic, followed by two weeks in the UK. On Saturday 10 August he will be at the Folkfestival Ham in Belgium, and will then make three appearances (including a shape-note singing workshop) in Northern Ireland.