As might be expected, the stage performances that take place in 't Venue are the focal point of the festival where the best bluegrass bands in Europe compete for the European bluegrass band awards; but in addition there is a varied workshop program hosted by experienced bluegrass musicians. It is expected that there will be workshops for banjo, flat-picking guitar, mandolin amongst others. There is also a children's program that gets rave reviews from children and parents alike. Workshop attendance is free to the festival public though a voluntary donation to help support the EWOB Festival Workshop program would be welcomed (as would be anyone who would like to sponsor a workshop.)
The headline act will be Jeff Scroggins & Colorado from the USA: Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” that features the fiery banjo playing of Jeff Scroggins, the award winning mandolin playing of Jeff’s son, Tristan, and incredible bluegrass vocals led by the powerful voice of front man Greg Blake. Greg has twice been nominated for SPBGMA’s “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year” award and his phenomenal bluegrass guitar playing has earned him 9 nominations and an amazing 5 consecutive wins as SPBGMA’s Guitarist of the Year!
Good luck to all of the bands who will be taking part in the band competitions, safe travels to everyone attending EWOB and best wishes the the hard-working organisers and volunteers for this premier Bluegrass event in Europe.