Friday, 6 March 2015

EBMA Annual General Meeting & Munich Bluegrass Festival

Two weeks ago the 'Counting The Days' article was written about the European Bluegrass Gathering and the Munich Bluegrass Festival... it is now just one week away! Take a look at the original article - particularly if you are unfamiliar with the many ways to enjoy your Weisswurst!

While any Bluegrass gathering is guaranteed to be joyful - how could it be anything other than joyful with such fine music? - the EBMA Annual General Meeting (which is open to all members and interested friends) will also be an opportunity to show your appreciation to the four Board members who will be standing down from their positions.

Angelika Torrie, Rienk Janssen, Petr Brandejs and Christopher Howard-Williams have given many years of service to European Bluegrass Music and to the EBMA - culminating in the EBMA being awarded the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award at IBMA's World of Bluegrass last September. Through the Distinguished Achievement Award, the EBMA has been given recognition for it's work and the profile of European Bluegrass has been raised as a result. Thank you to all members of the EBMA but a particular Thank You to Angelika, Rienk, Petr and Christopher for all that you have done.

Clockwise from top left: Angelika Torrie, Rienk Janssen,Petr Brandejs & Christopher Howard-Williams
Of course, this will now give the new Board members a lofty standard to maintain but part of the AGM agenda is looking at the EBMA goals for 2015 and beyond so please attend, show your appreciation and share your views on European Bluegrass. The full programme for the European Bluegrass Gathering can be found on the EBMA website. But let's not forget the music!

The Munich Bluegrass festival will have workshops, performances and (of course) there will be jamming - wherever Bluegrass folk gather, there will be jamming. There will be workshops by Richard Cifersky (banjo) and Kent Gustavsson (Doc Watson-style guitar) - registration for the workshops can take place from 17:00 on Friday 13th March. Performances will include Sons of Navarone (Belgium), Blue Side of Town (Germany), Black Jack (Czech Republic) and B471 (see the video below). See you in Munich!