Friday, 31 July 2015

The Po‘ Ramblin‘ Boys European Tour 2015

"A tree can't stand without its roots. So we are just trying to keep those roots alive. We want to complement and not take away."

The Po' Ramblin' Boys were born in the shadow of a moonshine still in the Great Smoky Mountains, springing to life with all the zest and zeal you would expect from a 1940s-style Tennessee bluegrass band. They play to thousands of tourists who hear them each day at Ole Smoky Moonshine locations at The Holler in Gatlinburg and The Island in Pigeon Forge.

In less than a month, CJ Lewandowski, Jereme Brown, Jasper Lorentzen and Josh "Jug" Rinkl,  this hard-driving traditional bluegrass band from Tennessee, will be touring Europe for the first time. The ten day tour will take them through four countries, from Switzerland to the Netherlands. Highlights of the tour include two major bluegrass, a number of bluegrass club dates and a performance at the world-famous Schorem barbershop in Rotterdam. Their tour schedule is the following:

* 27 August 2015 - Kino METROPOL - Kusterdingen (D)
* 28 August 2015 - 7. Bluegrass Festival - Birkenried (D)
* 29 August 2015 - House Concert at Jan's Place - Hoogstraten/Antwerpen (B)
* 30 August 2015 - Party Centrum De Vriendschap - Spanbroek (NL)
* 2 September 2015 - Schorem Haarsnijder en Barbier - Rotterdam (NL)
* 4 September 2015 - Bauernhof Maag - Zweidlen (CH)
* 5 September 2015 - 17. Sunny Mountain Bluegrass Festival - Lommis (CH)
* 6 September 2015 - Guggenheim - Liestal (CH)

The Po' Ramblin' Boys are looking forward to bringing their hard-driving, very tight bluegrass sound to European audiences. Make sure to catch them as they whirlwind through Europe. The tour is organised by SwissGrass Productions.

The New Breadwinners - A young Irish bluegrass touring France, 30 July-3 Sept. 2015

The New Breadwinners are a three piece acoustic bluegrass band based in Dublin, Ireland, made up of three of the finest young musicians from Ireland's Bluegrass scene. Having first met at Dublin's now legendary bluegrass session in Sin É, the trio have spent the past 2 years honing their craft on Dublin's streets and pubs, before committing to form a band in late 2014.

With their feet firmly planted in the American bluegrass tradition, The New Breadwinners also write their own material, bringing a youthful Irish touch to this American legacy. Combining an energetic stage presence with hard driving songs and impressive instrumentals, The New Breadwinners guarantee an exhilarating performance that is sure to please.

Luke Coffey on 5 string banjo and vocals; John Denby on mandolin and vocals; and Niall Hughes on guitar and vocals will begin on 30 July a five-week tour of France, taking in Normandy, the Alps, and Alsace. For the Northern leg of the tour they will be joined by Gab Faure on fiddle, who played with them in concert at the last Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival. The tour schedule is at present as follows:

Thurs. 30th July: Morlaix 29600, Ty coz
Fri. 31st: Santec 29250, le Dossen

Sat. 1st Aug.: Gomené 22230, Pub Follette
Sun. 2nd: Guern 56310, Les Anges
Tues. 4th: Moncontour 22510, le Contretemps
Fri. 7th: Tremargat 22110, La Pépie
Sat. 8th: Douarnenez 29100, Café des Halles
Thurs. 13th: Valjouffrey 38740, L'église de Valjouffrey
Fri. 14th: Moulin Vieux 38350, L'église de Moulin Vieux
Mon. 17th-Sun. 23rd: Morzine 74110, The Dixie Bar (7-night residency)

Wed. 2nd Sept.: Rennes 35000, Le Hibou Grand Duc
Thurs. 3rd: Soulvache 44660, Le Papier Buvard

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Kids On Bluegrass Band head to La Roche

Anyone thinking of attending the forthcoming La Roche Bluegrass Festival may have their minds made up by what they are about to read; if you are already planning on attending, then the young musicians pictured above are a 'must see'. Read on....
The Kids On Bluegrass Band from the USA is made up of Frannie DiGiovanni (guitar), Cara DiGiovanni (fiddle), Isaac Ferrell (banjo), Jonah Horton (mandolin) and Helen Foley (bass). As mentioned in the article in Bluegrass Today, the Kids On Bluegrass Band has been assembled by band director, Kim Fox (of 3 Fox Drive) and they will be appearing at the 10th La Roche Bluegrass Festival between the 29th July and 2nd August.

I have been fortunate enough to see some of these musicians play live and you really do not want to miss seeing them. This video was taken at IBMA in Raleigh in 2014.

They are all highly gifted musicians and, whoever else is playing at La Roche, find time to see Kids On Bluegrass.

On a personal note, and from experience at HoustonFest in Galax, if you happen to see a young man walking around who appears to be permanently attached to his mandolin and playing wherever he walks, this could be Jonah Horton. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

BE Featured Artist: Danilo Cartia - July Dates in Italy

The featured artist on the current edition of Bluegrass Europe - Danilo Cartia - will be performing with Letizia Sampaolo throughout July starting tomorrow with a mini-tour of Northern Italy. As Danilo said in the interview in Bluegrass Europe, the concerts are likely to be a mixture of bluegrass, Americana, country blues and original compositions. Don't miss this opportunity to see Danilo and Letizia play.