Friday, 31 January 2014

The Broken Circle Breakdown in Ireland

Last night the sensational Belgian bluegrass film drama, The Broken Circle Breakdown, had its first screening in Ireland, at the Sligo Film Society in Sligo town in the north-west of the country.

The Broken Circle Breakdown has been breaking cinema attendance records and boosting opportunities for bluegrass bands on the Continent since its release in 2012. Between now and the beginning of May 2014, it will be shown at many film clubs and local art centres throughout Ireland, including at least one in Northern Ireland. The schedule, as shown at present on the Access Cinema website, is reproduced on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog.

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Danilo Cartia shows in Rome, 31 Jan.-2 Feb. 2014

Banjoist, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Danilo Cartia (I) announces that he will be playing bluegrass, blues, and acoustic music in Rome at four shows in the next seven days:

Friday 31 January, 21:30 - Enoteca Letteraria, Via Quattro Fontane 130, Rome

Saturday 1 February, 22:00 - Enoteca 11 Massacciuccoli, Via Massacciuccoli 11, Rome

Sunday 2 February, 21:00 - Vtwin Pub, Via Pontina 583, Rome

Wednesday 5 February, 21:30 - Comò Bistrot, Viale Gottardo 95, Rome

Danilo Cartia
Phone/fax: +39 068273332
Mobile: +39 3396908450

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Mind over matter coming from G2

Thanks to the award-winning Swedish bluegrass band G2, who are headed for Nashville to record their next album, Mind over matter (see the EBB for 14 Sept. 2013), and who send this news:

The last six months we've been working really hard with new material for our upcoming album. We feel really good about what we've done so far and we really can't wait to record it. Compared to our previous albums we want to do things a bit different this time, and one aspect of that is to record in Nashville.

Why Nashville? For us, there's bunch of reasons... mainly it's the talent in that city, like the engineer and producer Erick Jaskowiak who we've decided to work with. But it's also the great atmosphere and the ability to go somewhere else and record for two weeks straight, instead of recording one weekend here and there as we've done in the past, which usually isn't optimal when making a record.

Other than that, we have also decided to bring a cameraman, David Elfgren. We want to be able to share the moments of making the album with all of you.

We're really stoked about this project, we hope you'll like it, and we hope to see you down the road!

You can see a video about the project on YouTube, showing G2 in pre-production talks with Erick Jaskowiak two weeks ago. You can also see it and support the project by visiting the Indiegogo website and making a donation!

Keep in touch with G2 on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. For booking:
Tommi Rasmussen
MTA Production AB
Phone +46-76 340 66 44

Update 3 Feb. 2014: John Lawless published today this Bluegrass Today feature on the new album.

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

2nd EBMA Bluegrass Pioneers and Personalities Awards

The Country Ramblers (CH) ¦ 4th July 2013 ¦ Photo: Lilly Pavlak
Congratulations to this year's receipients of an EBMA Bluegrass Pioneer / EBMA Bluegrass Personality Award:

2014 European Bluegrass Pioneers:

European Bluegrass Personality 2013:
ROSTA CAPEK (Czech Republic)

The Award ceremony will take place during the late concert of the Lonesome River Band on Saturday 15th March 2014, 20:30hrs, as part of the 6th European Bluegrass Summit. Both summit and concert take place at the Hotel OREA Pyramida in Prague.

In 2012 the EBMA Board set up the European Bluegrass Pioneers and Personalities Project (EBPP) to recognise and acknowledge the past and present most influential European musicians, promoters, journalists, DJs, luthiers, experts, and others who contributed, and still contribute, in a relevant and significant way to establish or popularise the bluegrass music genre in Europe, and to create a European bluegrass scene and community.

The EBPPP Selecting Committee
The EBMA Board formed a special Selecting Committee comprising Paolo Dettwiler, Eberhard Finke, Richard Hawkins, Lilly Pavlak, Christian Seguret, and Bruno Steffen, with Martino Coppo as non-voting chairman. The criteria for selecting European Bluegrass Pioneers & Personalities are:
  • To be born in Europe or to have lived in European countries long enough to be considered European ‘naturalised citizens’;
  • To be representative of the European bluegrass culture;
  • To have inspired others to join the European bluegrass community;
  • To have acted in harmony with the principles of the EBMA's mission statement;
  • Pioneers: To have been among the first who had a significant impact on the popularisation of the bluegrass music genre in their own country or area in Europe, with special reference to their popularity and longevity in the bluegrass music community;
  • Personalities: To have promoted or contributed to promote special projects or have reached special achievements during the last year.
Members of the selection committee and serving members of the EBMA board are ineligible for nomination.

To register for the 6th European Bluegrass Summit and/or the concert, please go to or contact
Join the European Bluegrass Music Association:
EBMA: Working together to support Bluegrass Music across borders.

Pierre Bastide: newly certified Wernick Method Bluegrass Jam teacher in France

Pierre Bastide

Congrats to Pierre Bastide (Paris, France) aka ResoMan, who has picked the dobro for many years and plays withThe Bluegrass Compagnie, The Paris Bluegrass Band, and other bands. He also enjoys playing swing, blues, country and most forms of modern music. He has led several resonator guitar workshops in Europe and coordinates The La Roche Bluegrass Workshop. Pierre is a regular at the famed Walnut Valley Festival in Kansas, where he earned the title of Unofficial Reso Champion 2006. In a news article about WVF campground jams he was mentioned as the "French dobro player that sounded like a Nashville sessions player." 
Pierre's students say:
"Pierre Bastide is as dedicated as they come, a strong and sympathetic workshop organiser/teacher and a supportive jam leader with a thoughtful and passionate attitude. His sensitivity when it comes to working with those who are just starting out is second to none."
"Pierre's passion for jamming makes him a good teacher for this. He is patient in the way he demonstrates how a jam works, and what my part is. He also transfers some of this passion onto the students. Makes them want to jam and shine."
"He is very supportive and encouraging. Pierre knows how to take the time to make sure we understand."
"In a slow jam with different instruments, he welcomes beginners and makes sure the more advanced players will not speed up too soon and take over. He will go through a step by step explanation of what makes a slow jam work and be fun."
Pierre is now preparing for his first class, check out to find out about it.

LIVE recordings Pete Seeger ABC Theater Prague 1964

Many thanks to Ruth Ellen Gruber for sharing this information:

"I just spent the weekend in Czech Republic, participating in the launch of the new bluegrass fusion CD by the Malina Brothers band. It can be said that the great Pete Seeger, who died Monday, launched the entire Czech bluegrass scene with his performances in the then communist Czechoslovakia in 1964. For the first time, people saw a five-string banjo being played, after hearing it on American Forces radio broadcasts. The first Czech five-strings were made from photos of Pete's. The concert was arranged in Prague by Pete's longtime friend Gene Deitch, who recorded the concert and issued it as an album, which has now been posted online."

LIVE recordings Pete Seeger ABC Theater Prague 1964
LIVE at ABC Theater

01. “T” for “TEXAS”
02. Kai Yo Wah Ji NEh
03. Amazin’ Grace
04. The Devil & the Farmer
05. Banjo Breakdown
06. Mr. Tom Hughes Town
07. Irene, Goodnight
08. Rock Island Line
09. Bourgeois Blues
10. Dark As a Dungeon
11. So Long
12. Talking Columbia
13. Lord God, Pittsburg
14. Why, Oh Why
15. Oleana
16. Michael Row the Boat Ashore
17. Bayeza
18. Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase
19. Tzena Tzena
20. Down by the Riverside
21. Where Have All the Flowers Gone
22. Living In the Country
23. Pete Seeger’s Comments 2/2001

Pete Seeger dies at age 94

Photo by Anthony Pepitone (source:
Peter "Pete" Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014)

The sad news is in all the papers all over the world, in all languages. This really is the end of an era.

From The Guardian:

GRAMMY's 2014: Musician Pete Seeger was listed as a candidate for Best Spoken song for his album, "The Storm King," an audio book of stories, narratives and poems put to music.

Woody Guthry Prize: Pete Seeger was going to accept the "inaugural Woody Guthrie Prize" on Sat., Feb. 22, 2014. A prize that is to be given annually to the artist who best exemplifies the spirit and life's work of Woody Guthrie by speaking for the less fortunate through music, film, literature, dance or other art forms and serving as a positive force for social change in America. Pete Seeger would have been the first receipient ever.

More information on Pete Seeger:

Bluegrass in Belgium, Jan.-June 2014

Bluegrass in Belgium announces the following programme of events for the first half of 2014:

Fri. 31 Jan. 4 Wheel Drive (NL/D/B), Bovenzaal Brasserie De Valk, Grote Markt 27, 2500 Lier, 20:30; info, e-mail

Sat. 8 Feb. Gary Leddington, Het Been, Belpairestraat 28, 2600 Antwerp

Sat. 15 Feb. The Sons of Navarone, OC Aalbeke, Aalbekeplaats, 8511 Aalbeke, 20:00; 056 40 18 92

Sat. 15 Mar. The Sons of Navarone, GC De Lijsterbes, Lijsterbessenbomenlaan 6, 1950 Kraainem, 20:00

Fri. 4 Apr. The Sons of Navarone, Kaleidoscoop, Molenstraat 50, 2640 Mortsel, 20:00

Sat. 3 May The Sons of Navarone, Melsbroekse Weifeesten, 2014 Melsbroek

Thurs. 15 May Rawhide, CC Palethe Overpelt, Jeugdlaan 2, Overpelt, 20:00

Fri. 6 June Amy Gallatin & Stillwaters (USA), Toogenblik, Kortenbahstraat 11, 1130 Haren-Brussels, 21:00; info 022459365

Sat. 7-Sun. 8 June Banjo workshop by Steve Louvat, Hôtel 'Les Roses', 2 Quartier Latin, B-6890 Libin; info 061/65.65.26, e-mail

Fri. 27-Sat. 28 June Low Country Bluegrass Festival, Oelegem: Rawhide, the Tennessee Studs (NL), the Campfire Collaboration(NL), the Moonshine Brothers(S); more bands to be announced

Friday, 24 January 2014

Britain, Canada represented in Leadership Bluegrass 2014

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the names of the twenty-six people who will be members of the 15th Leadership Bluegrass class, meeting in Nashville, TN, two months from now (20-22 March 2014).

This year's class includes two members from outside the United States: Anna Sommerville of the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; and Seamus Brady of the capo-manufacturing company G7th Ltd, based in Peterborough, England.

You can read the complete list of participants, together with more details of this year's class and the LBG project, in the IBMA press release. A feature on LBG 2014 has also appeared on Bluegrass Today.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

The Allen Family - available for bookings

Thanks to Pete Allen (US, resident in Britain), who writes:

I would like to introduce you to my family. We are a family of six (English Mom and American Dad) living in the UK and we play bluegrass, country, and old-time music. Please consider our family band for your event, have a listen and visit us at:

The photo shows (l-r) Pete, Toby, Ruby, Josh, and Geary. To request a CD, call Pete on +44 1843 822085. Contact the band by e-mail.

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Supporting traditional music in North Carolina

The Bluegrass Ireland Blog reports that PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, is among the non-profit organisations of North Carolina who are in the running to receive a 'technology makeover'. The two organisations with the highest number of votes will receive new office and network equipment worth a combined value of $35,000 from Milner, Inc.

In addition to PineCone's work in supporting traditional music in North Carolina, it has given invaluable help over the years to the Appalachian and Bluegrass Music Festival at the Ulster American Folk Park at Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Northern Ireland, by enabling many fine US musicians to perform there. Most of PineCone's budget goes straight to its programmes, paying artists, sound engineers, facilities, marketing, and related costs.

Anyone, anywhere in the world, who approves of PineCone's work can help (at no cost to themselves) by voting for it - and this can be done once a day, every day from now up to and including Sunday 26 Jan. We can also help by spreading the word, and by Liking and sharing the voting site on Facebook, Twitter, and favourite social media sites.

Monday, 20 January 2014

EBMA takes fresh approach to summit - Lonesome River Band to play at EBMA Pioneer awards show

Panel sessions aimed at providing practical insights and useful advice will replace the round-table workshops at this year's summit, with more fun and extra-curricula activities planned throughout the weekend to keep participants active and involved. 

Lonesome River Band to headline concert on Saturday evening.
The 6th European Bluegrass Summit will once more take place in the beautiful city of Prague, hosted by Rosta Capek and Ivana Louková, two very experienced promoters and organisers. As a highlight, Ivana and Rosta have arranged for a concert with the one and only Lonesome River Band to be presented on the Saturday of our summit, which will frame the presentation of the second set of EBMA pioneers and personality awards.
The concert is about to be sold out shortly. EBMA has a limited number of tickets to the concert available for summit participants, so an early registration for the summit is highly recommended!
As in previous years, attendees are invited from all European regions and beyond, the costs and arrangements for travel, subsistence and accommodation are the entire responsibility of the participants. A number of rooms have been reserved in the OREA Hotel Pyramida****, Belohorska 24, Prague 6. Therefore early booking is advised.

Panel sessions to replace table discussions
The board of EBMA feels that the round table discussions that formed the core of previous summits have served their purpose well in getting the summit positioned as a building block of the European Bluegrass scene and that we should now move towards more practical sessions along the lines of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass.
Each panel session will offer participants an opportunity to ask questions and interact with a panel of experts on the subject for one hour. Panel sessions will not be on at the same time so participants may attend all of them if they wish or, if they prefer, they may take part in some of the extra-curricula activities that will be running throughout the weekend.
Check out invitation and programme. Czech in! – once more!

Westwend in Europe, 14-26 May 2014

Thanks to Wendy Crowe of the US singer/songwriter duo and acoustic crossover group WestWend (Jonathan Maness and Wendy Crowe) for the news that WestWend has been added to the lineup for the 15th Spring Bluegrass Festival in Willisau, Switzerland (24 May 2014) as part of a tour in Europe. They will be backed by a stellar band of Slovak musicians including Richard Cifersky, Michal Barok, and Anton Naroda.

To support the tour, WestWend is recording Linger for a while, a debut bluegrass project on Anteflow Records, scheduled for release this coming summer. The album will showcase Wendy's and Jonathan's songwriting and intricate harmony, and Jonathan's guitar/mandolin playing. Rounding out the record will be a collection of bluegrass standards such as 'I'll remember you, love, in my prayers', a la the Stanley Brothers. Gospel fans will appreciate the beautiful interpretation of Squire Parsons' 'Beulah Land', and instrumentalists will appreciate the all-star cast of Sam Bush, Bryn Davies, Matt Leadbetter, and more. More information on the album is here.

Dates are still available for WestWend's European tour, between 14 and 26 May in continental Europe. To book WestWend for this tour, contact Richard Cifersky, Velvet Music Agency.

Anteflow Records, Inc
PO Box 58
Heiskell, TN 37754

NAG Newsletter January 2014

Thanks to Oliver Waitze of the New Acoustic Gallery (NAG) in Wuppertal, Germany, for the January 2014 issue of its newsletter. The NAG stocks the finest acoustic instruments and accessories for bluegrass, gypsy music, and other genres, offers a repair service, and organises workshops and concerts.

Some of the outstanding instruments that have recently come into stock include a used Recording King RK R80 5-string banjo and a Stanford Big Bang baritone guitar. More information is on the NAG website.

The New Acoustic Gallery's workshop programme for 2014 includes a one-day mandolin workshop with Mike Marshall (above) on Saturday 26 April - a  day of intensive mandolin instruction with this master mandolin virtuoso, concentrating on tone production, clear articulation of notes, left-hand work, chord-finding, and rhythmic patterns in various musical genres, with opportunities for playing in a 'one on one' master-class setting. Booking (€150) and information: +49 0202/94672730.

Other workshops with Oliver Waitze include:

* a flat-picking / plectrum guitar workshop on 12 April (10:00-17:00); booking (€100) and information: +49 0202/94672730;

* the Toskana Med Music School, 30 Aug.-6 Sept. 2014; and

* the bluegrass / flat-picking workshop at Bluegrass Camp Munich in Aschau / Chiemgau, 10-13 Oct. 2014.


New Acoustic Gallery
Schloss Lüntenbeck, Lüntenbeck 1
D - 42327 Wuppertal
Tel. +49 (0)202 94672730

Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival 2014

Thanks to C. Paul 'Dobroman' Lyttle of Moniaive in south-west Scotland for the news that the next Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival will be held on 26, 27, and 28 September 2014, with the full lineup consisting of two American, two Scottish, and two English bands.

The four-piece band of Carpenter & May (USA) will headline Saturday night; and the Whitetop Mountain Band (USA), whose latest CD cover is shown on the right, will headline Friday night. Also on the bill are the Dirty Beggars (Scotland), the Mairs Family Band (Scotland), Dalebilly (England), and the Jaywalkers (England). Tickets will be on sale from April onwards. More details are on the Festival website.

Paul also presents the fortnightly 'Criffel Creek' record show on Alive Community Radio from Dumfries, Scotland - see the EBB's separate 'Radio playlists' post.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Bluegrass im Klosterhof 2014 - another roaring success

Thanks to Birgit and Dieter Stoll (Horse Mountain Acoustic Duo) for this news:

The 4th annual 'Bluegrass Im Klosterhof' mini-festival, held on the second Saturday in January, again turned out a great success. No posters were hung, no flyers were distributed, the festival wasn't even advertised online - and still, all 200 tickets were gone two weeks after sales started on 1 December. From 7.00 p.m. through 12.30 a.m., seven acts and the indispensable finale jam populated the stage in the historic seventeenth-century building in southwest Germany. 

The organisers held a poll asking attendees, among other things, if they thought five-and-a-half hours of acoustic music were a bit too much - and only 12% thought so (I guess most of them had standing tickets only - unfortunately we can't seat all of the 200 which is the maximum legal occupancy). So, next year it's going to be another long night - mark your calendars: 10 January 2015, 7.00 p.m. through whatever wee hour.

This year's line-up included Horse Mountain (local heroes and organisers of the whole event), Nashville Blue, Mr. Big Band, Four Potatoes, Songbird, and George Baehr & Baehrtracks. Also, Rudie Blazer had compiled a temporary project band with Rainer Zellner, Norbert Dengler, and Bernd Müller.

Many thanks to all the talented artists and, most of all, to our loyal (and largely local!) audience base, see you next year!

Horse Mountain Acoustic Duo
Cell/whatsapp: +49-(0)151-50734155 (Dieter Stoll)

Saturday, 11 January 2014

20th Gainsborough Old Time Music Festival - poster now out

As announced on the EBB on 1 January, the Friends Of American Old Time Music And Dance (FOAOTMAD) will be holding their 20th annual Old Time Festival at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Morton Terrace, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 2ST, England, on 14-16 February. Full details of the lineup are shown on the poster (left).

E-tickets for the Gainsborough Festival can now be bought through the FOAOTMAD website using Paypal. Pre-booking is advisable; payment can also be made by post, with stamped addressed envelope.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Mala & FyrMoon, Switzerland, about to release first band album

Good news from Switzerland!

Switzerland's Mala & FyrMoon have almost finished with recording their first band album. Mala says "it was an interesting, long and exciting process, with lots of learning and laughter!"

The album will be out spring/early summertime.

2013 WOB Bluegrass Ramble Sampler

Thanks to IBMA's Convention & Membership Services Director Joe Lurgio for this link! 

Here's some good news for the new year: The IBMA is pleased to announce a new partnership with NoiseTrade.  We have just completed our first compilation, a  Bluegrass Ramble Sampler, featuring 24 of our 2013 official bluegrass Ramble Showcase artists. In conjunction with the artists, the full compilation is available as free download at the following link: 
Please share this great music with your friends and family by sharing the link.

Event listing in Bluegrass Europe #90, Jan.-Mar. 2014


Dear bluegrass bands and bluegrass event producers in Europe,

Happy New Year to you!

We're again working hard at the upcoming issue of our printed magazine and would appreciate you sending in your dates for inclusion in the calendar.

The deadline to send in dates for BE#90 is 10th January!

Please send in your public gigs and concert dates between 1st February and 30th June 2014! To do so, please use our Excel-spreadsheet (click to download); as usual, fill in your etails and email back the completed form to as soon as possible, no later than 10th January 2014.
To include regular sessions, please send us a separate email with details (e.g. every 1st Thursday of the month, time, place, what kind of session).

There's some space for advertising, too! As it comes, both inside cover pages are currently still available. Check out our rates and contact us for your package:

If you don't get Bluegrass Europe in your mail, but you would like to, please consider a subscription at only 25EUR/yr, get it online here: (only 6.25EUR per issue!). Your supscription also supports EBMA's endeavours to promote Bluegrass Music in Europe - so hey, why not subscribe today!?

Thank you for taking time to contribute!

Angelika Torrie
Chief editor for BLUEGRASS EUROPE

Danilo Cartia shows in Rome, 9-11 Jan. 2014

Banjoist, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Danilo Cartia (I) announces that he will be playing bluegrass, blues, and acoustic music in Rome at three shows this week:

Thursday 9 January, 22:00 - Locanda Don Chisciotte, Via dei Sabelli 58, Rome

Saturday 11 January, 21:00 - Blackmarket, Via Panisperna 101, Rome

Saturday 11 January, 23:00 - 79's Elvis B-day Party, Jailbreak, Via Tiburtina 870, Rome

Danilo Cartia
Phone/fax: +39 068273332
Mobile: +39 3396908450

Monday, 6 January 2014

Lilly Drumeva successfully completes Fulbright research time in US

Congratulations! Bulgaria's Lilly Drumeva has successfully completed her Fulbright research time in the US. She has recorded more than 50 interviews with bluegrass and country music professionals. Some of her articles are available at in the section "Lilly's Publications".
Lilly also reports:
Lilly of the West will have a special concert on St. Valentine's Day (14. 02.2014) at Studio 5 club in Sofia. The band will present their new single and video "Valentine Moon". The show may feature also Yiannis Gougourelas, top acoustic guitar player from Greece.
Lilly Drumeva
Lilly of the West

JamCamp taught by Petr Brandejs using Wernick Method scheduled for January 24-26, 2014, in Slovakia

The next Bluegrass Jam Camp taught by Petr Brandejs using the Wernick Method is scheduled for January 24-26, 2014, in Slovakia. Find more info here.

To give you an impression, here's a short report by Petr of his recent workshop in the Czech Republic:

The weekend Jam Camp took place on November 1-3 at a cottage Svinec just above the town of Nový Jičín, where I live. Joined by my wife Iva (playing bass) I was lucky to get two fine assistants - my brother Pavel (my boss in the band Bluegrass Cwrkot) and my banjo student Petr Maslo, now a marvelous banjo player and singer. With the help of these two nice gentlemen I led the Camp with 17 students starting Friday night until Sunday afternoon. Though jamming all day, students were eager to play until well after midnight and did enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and environment as much the instructors did.

Take your chance and share the fun! Sign up NOW

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Danilo Cartia Band: New Year shows in Rome

Banjoist, guitarist, singer, and bandleader Danilo Cartia (I) announces that the Danilo Cartia Band played bluegrass, blues, and ballads at the 'Let it Beer', Piazza delle Crociate 26/28, Rome, from 10.00 p.m. last night (3 Jan. 2014) and will be playing again tonight at the same time in the Enoteca 11 Massacciuccoli, Via Massacciuccoli 11, Rome. Admission to this show, like last night's, will be free.

Danilo Cartia
Phone/fax: +39 068273332
Mobile: +39 3396908450

Friday, 3 January 2014

Barcelona trio to release CD next month

Thanks to Bluegrass Today for the news that three members of the vigorous and innovative Barcelona bluegrass scene have formed a new group and expect to release their debut CD in February 2014.

Grazztrio - Lluís Gómez (banjo), Oriol Gonzàlez (mandolin), and Maribel Rivero (bass) - have recorded a twelve-track album, Three sheets to the wind, using the bluegrass instruments to embody their wide range of musical influences. A video of them performing the five-and-a-half minute composition 'Funky thumb' can be seen on Bluegrass Today or on YouTube, where Grazztrio have seven other videos on their own YouTube channel.

IBMA's 2014 Ramble Showcase Online Applications Now OPEN

Thanks to Joe Lurgio of IBMA for this information. EBMA would like to encourage all European bands interested in presenting themselves at this year's Bluegrass Ramble to check out the application process and the benefits of showcasing. IBMA's 2014 World Of Bluegrass is scheduled for 30th September - 4th October in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Happy New Year!
We are excited to announce that 2014 World of Bluegrass showcase applications are now being accepted.  This year we are using  an online option for showcase submissions. The deadline to apply for an official showcase is February 28th, please help spread the word by sharing the link below.
Applicants can apply online at We can still take submissions by snail mail if necessary.  Please call the IBMA office for more information on submitting  hard copies.
Applicants may read more about showcasing and the application process here:
If you have any questions, please email me at or call the office at 615.256.3222. We are excited about this new and easy process and look forward to another rockin' Bluegrass Ramble!
Joe Lurgio
Convention & Membership Services Director
Office: 615-256-3222 – 608 W. Iris Drive, Nashville TN 37204

September 30 – October 4, 2014

IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Gainsborough old-time festival news - and more

The Friends Of American Old Time Music And Dance (FOAOTMAD) announce in their weekly e-newsletter that e-tickets for the Gainsborough Festival can now be bought through the FOAOTMAD website using Paypal. Pre-booking is advisable; payment can also be made by post, with stamped addressed envelope.

The Festival will be held at Queen Elizabeth’s High School, Morton Terrace, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire DN21 2ST, England, on 14-16 February. US artists taking part include the Bucking Mules (Joseph Decosimo and friends – 2012 Clifftop band winners), the Rutro Ramblers (Rich Hartness and friends), Trevor & Travis Stuart, and Matt Gordon (clogger). UK performers include Grey Wolf, Bones Creek, Stompin’ Dave Allen, and Appakella.

The e-newsletter also announces a rare opportunity to buy a Cedar Mountain 'Dwight Diller' banjo, pre-2005; shows by touring US musicians in Britain; and news of Kate Lissauer's 'La Fuente de Musica' workshop week in Spain (10-17 May 2014). More details of these and other news items can be found here.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Flatland Mountaineers concert in Wadway, NL, 11 Jan. 2014

Hi, everybody.
A bit of news of the promotional variety:
The Flatland Mountaineers
will be playing at
The Partycentrum 'De Vriendschap'
Wadway, North Holland, the Netherlands
Saturday 11 January 2014 at 20:00
The Flatland Mountaineers are Paul van Vlodrop (banjo/vocals), Percy Copley (mandolin/vocals), Paul Rodriguez (guitar/vocals), James Field (guitar/vocals), and Cees Dekker (bass/vocals).
A chance to kick off 2014 with some hard-core traditional bluegrass.
James Field
Field & Thompson


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EUR +33 1 45 74 08 67 T
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