Sunday, 5 April 2015

EWOB (European World of Bluegrass Festival) - it is just around the corner!

Taking place in Voorthuizen in The Netherlands on  May 14, 15 & 16, EWOB is just around the corner. Did you know that EWOB was the first event in Europe to win the Bluegrass Event of the Year Award at IBMA?

As EWOB says on its Facebook page: "We come from many different countries, but we speak one common language: BLUEGRASS! Maybe world peace can start with a banjo intro." Just a quick glance at the lineup there is last year's '#1 European Bluegrass Band' winners - Dunderhead from Sweden, the impressive Kentucky Cow Tippers from the UK, Cup O'Joe from Northern Ireland (the only non-US band to be invited to play on the Youth Stage at IBMA 2014), G-Runs 'n Roses from the Czech Republic and Jeff Scroggins & Colorado from the USA. (The full lineup, schedule and other information can be found on the EWOB website).

From Dunderhead's recently released album:

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!

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado: Freeborn Man

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.