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April–May 2005 European Bluegrass News
Bluegrass Europe, the magazine / EBMA’s European World of
Bluegrass Festival / Highlights from the Concert Calendar / Concert and Festival
Information / Workshops / CD Releases / News Europe / News
Bluegrass Europe is a bi-monthly magazine provided to
members of the EBMA in Europe and abroad. It is the first and only magazine
dedicated to Bluegrass Music in Europe. Written in English Bluegrass
Europe is printed and bound with the German Bluegrass Bühne and the
Dutch Strictly Country. The three journals appear together under one
Articles in the April-May 05 issue.
All the subscribers of
BB/SC and the members of the EBMA will receive the annual EWOB Guide with this
issue of the magazine. It has all the details of the EWOB month (May) and of the
EWOB Festival in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, Thursday – Saturday, 5-7 May
Bluegrass Europe, lead story:
Quartet – New Acoustic Music with a Big Touch of Bluegrass, The Birth of an Irish Bluegrass
Festival, European and International News, Concert & Festival
Calendar, and much more.
Country, lead story:
Acuff, a preview article on
the Blue Dew Folkvillage June 5, 2005, an 'afterview' on the Picking Party in
Leiden (January 22), a special on a number of CD's from the British Archive of
Country Music, and Reviews of CD's by Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Bg Patriots,
Nashville Bluegrass Band, Mary Gauthier and Bob & Sheila Everhart.
Bluegrass Buhne: Alecia
Nugent & Don Reno, Red Smiley & Bill Harrell.
If you have
questions about membership in the EBMA and would like to receive a free sample
of our bi-monthly publication Bluegrass Europe/Strictly County/Bluegrass
Buhne, contact Paolo Dettwiler (paolo zavinac ebma bod org). You can also visit our website for more
information about how the EBMA supports and promotes bluegrass music in Europe,
EBMA’s 8th European World of
Bluegrass Festival & Trade
During the month of May the EBMA sponsors the European
World of Bluegrass (EWOB) with over 100 concerts scheduled in various locations
throughout Europe. The EWOB Festival & Trade Show is the hightlight of
the 8th European World of Bluegrass Music.
Concerts: see the Concert Calendar
and/or request the EWOB Guide 2005 by visiting www.ebma.org
Thursday – Saturday, 5-7 May 2005
Trefpunt, Roelenenweg 25, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands.
Over forty bands
will appear at the EBMA’s EWOB Festival—the acts from the USA include Chris
and Sally Jones (www.chrisjonescoalition.com), the New England Bluegrass Band
Meyer & Big City Bluegrass (www.lizmeyer.com), and
Bill & Maggie Andersen. The thirty-six European bands, who will all
be in with a chance at the #1 European Bluegrass Band award, the first step to
IBMA 2006 in Nashville, include Carmel Sheerin & the Ravens, not to
mention the current #1 European Bluegrass Band, Fragment from the Czech
and Slovak Republics. In addition to hearing great music banjo, guitar and song
workshops will be open to musicians of all levels. The Festival Trade Show will
feature CD and instrument vendors, music books,and more. Gibson is donating one
of their finest mandolins this year, the F-9, raffle tickets can be purchased
before, during and after the festival with proceeds going to support the
Festival organization. Lastly, festival organizers have traded last year’s
tropical stage theme for an entirely new look, courtesy of budding stage and
lighting designer Kathleen De Vroe from Antwerp, Belgium. Come and see it
(Many thanks to Richard Hawkins, EBMA board member and
editor of Bluegrass Ireland for contributing to this
the Concert Calendar
Concert dates are posted free of charge in the Concert
Calendar which is included with each bi-monthly issue of Bluegrass
Europe. Send your entries to editor zavinac ebma bod org.
Stowe and the Matching Ties
has submitted a significant list of concert dates to the Concert Calendar.
Readers with subscriptions to the magazine will find them posted in this month’s
issue. Otherwise check with Paul directly at www.matchingties.com or email paulstowe zavinac matchingties bod com.
has a number of concerts scheduled for April and June. Beppe Gambetta (I) and
Don Ross (Canada) join him for several dates. See the EBMA’s Concert Calendar or
email Roberto for more details, www.robertodallavecchia.com
Concert and Festival
bluegrass band Lost Highway will be performing in Belgium at the
Buurthuis Ter Cose, 3850
Nieuwerkerken-Kozen (St. Truiden). Friday, 15 April 2005, 20u. Tickets
are Euro 12,00. For more info visit www.kazookazoo.be or contact Ivo Croux ivo bod croux zavinac pandora bod be.
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky
Thunder will be performing in Norway on 16 July. His management is looking
for European concerts immediately prior and after. If you are interested get in
touch with Bobby Cudd of Monterey Peninsula Artists at bobby zavinac mpanashville bod com.
A first ever Bluegrass festival will be held in
Belgium on May 15 in Virton and a second first ever is on its way August
27 in Namur (laurent bod eekhout zavinac skynet bod be). Visit http://users.skynet.be/bk244531/calendar.html, and the Bluegrass in Belgium website http://www.bluegrass.be.
Spanish bluegrass band Blue Mountain has a series of concert dates lined
up May through August. See their website for details, www.bluemountain.es.mw.
Four bluegrass bands from Belgium invite
current (and future) fans to hear them perform at the 8th EWOB
Festival in Voorthuizen, the Netherlands, May 5-7. Rumor has it that
Bill Keith (USA) will also be making an appearance at the festival this
year. Voorthuizen is a mere 2,5 hours by car from Brussels. Rawhide, The Sons of
Navarone, Blue Cartel and Blue Wire look forward to seeing you there.
Roberto Dalla Vecchia, summer workshops (see EBMA’s Concert Calendar or email
2 - 5 June 2005, Acoustic Guitar workshop 2005,
Laita Resort, Altissimo (Vicenza), Info: www.robertodallavecchia.com/workshopsit.html
24 - 31 June 2005, Beppe Gambetta International Summer
Workshop for Acoustic Guitar,
Ambroz pod Krvavcem Slovenia, Info at sick-holl zavinac t-online bod de.
The Low Country Boys (www.lowcountryboys.com), a bluegrass gospel band based in the Ards Peninsula of
Co. Down, have released their first CD, Gran time comin. With 12
tracks (some in the Ulster-Scots dialect) and a 16-page full-colour booklet
packed with historical and cultural information, it costs £10 stg (+£2.00
p&p) and can be bought from the band by post (c/o 55 Ravenhill Lane,
Newtownards, Co. Down BT23 4PH, Northern Ireland), from their ebay store
at one of their live shows, or from select shops in their home
Dublin's favourite bluegrass recidivists Prison
Love launched their second CD, This corn is awesome, at a live
show at the popular city-centre venue The Hub on 12 February. With 12 tracks of
bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and cajun music, the album can be bought via the
band's website, www.prisonlove.info.
Mood Swing, the eagerly
awaited second CD from the Niall Toner Band (IR), was officially released
by Avalon Records on 1 April. The fifteen original compositions range from
light-hearted western swing to hammer-and-tong bluegrass and hard-core
traditional country. The CD is available by contacting www.nialltonerband.ie
James Reams & The
traditional bluegrass band based in New York City, released their new CD+DVD
project on Mountain Redbird Music on February 16.The two discs – a CD plus a
bonus, limited-edition, double-feature DVD – are packaged together and sold for
the price of a CD. The new CD, Troubled Times, contains fourteen
songs – including three new original songs and two original banjo tunes. The
band’s last project, James Reams, Walter Hensley & The Barons of Bluegrass,
released in 2003, was nominated by a committee of the IBMA as one of only seven
nominees to appear on the awards ballot as Recorded Event of the
Year. For more info see www.jamesreams.com.
Readers of the website www.padovando.com
recently completed a survey from the proposed list of bands in the city of
Padova, Italy and awarded the PADOVANDO MUSIC AWARD.to their band of choice, the
Mideando String Quartet (www.mideando.it).
The Petr Brandejs Band (CZ)
has a new line-up - Petr (banjo, vocals),
(guitar, fiddle) and Vilma Orlitová
(vocals, bass, guitar). The band was established in 1995 and became
one of the most respected bluegrass bands in the Czech Republic. In 2001 the
band was voted Best Band at the
EWOB (European World of
Bluegrass) in Voorthuizen, NL and has performed at festivals and clubs in the Czech
Republic as well as in Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, and
the Netherlands. Since 2004 the PBB has been performing as a trio, taking material from its own
originals as well as from the traditional bluegrass, old time, swing and other
resources. For additional information or to book the band contact Petr at
brandejs zavinac seznam bod cz, or visit http://sweb.cz/brandejs, or Poutníci www.poutnici.cz.
Bulgarian bluegrass singer and bandleader Lilly
Drumeva recently returned from a successful trip in the United States, where
she gave concerts in Tennessee, Maryland and Delaware. Lilly also was invited to
attend the IBMA’s annual Leadership Bluegrass Program (March 8-10) in Nashville,
Tennessee, becoming one of the twenty-four graduates in 2005. Future plans for
Drumeva and Lilly of the West include:
showcase at the European World of Bluegrass, Voorthuizen, (NL) – 6 May 2005;
Country festival in Thailweil (CH), 3/4 June 2005; Country festival in Presov
(SL), 24/25 June 2005; a new album release in September
Lilly Drumeva has also produced a video clip to one of
her self-penned songs which is available on request at lili zavinac retroradio bod bg.
European bluegrass shines in the March issue of
Bluegrass Unlimited. They have great reviews of Jussi Syren and the
Groundbreakers, Turquoise and Nugget.
Dublin has a new weekly
bluegrass jam session, held every Friday night at
Rosie O'Grady's pub, Harold's Cross, within easy reach of the city centre. The
opening night, on Friday 25 February, was so successful that it was decided to
hold meetings weekly, instead of monthly as first intended. The new weekly
session joins the long-established regular fortnightly performances by Enda
Donnelly's Fair City Grass on Wednesdays at Mother Reilly's, Uppercross House
Hotel, Rathmines. Contact Gerry Fitzpatrick (geryfitz zavinac eircom bod net), Richard Hawkins (richardhawkins zavinac tinet bod ie), or Enda
Donnelly (Enda_Donnelly zavinac hotmail bod com).
Peter Wroblewski is currently
planning to put together an exclusive 18-day trip for bluegrass and country fans
to the USA. Among many other attractions
a highlight will certainly be IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Nashville. Dates are
October 13 to 30, 2005. If you are interested in joining the group, make sure to
get in touch with Peter at Peter bod Wroblewski zavinac cwf-koetz bod de
Company celebrates 30th
years of creating American-made quality banjos by expanding further into the
world market as part of Europe’s premier trade show Musikmesse in Frankfurt,
Germany in early April. An exciting banjo display highlighted by
their 30th anniversary model, performances by the world-renowned
Kruger Brothers and an opportunity to speak directly to Greg and Janet Deering
await the attendees at this year’s Musikmesse (www.deeringbanjos.com).
Attendees of the September 2004 Johnny Keenan Banjo
Festival were treated to a unique banjo concert combining the talents of a
five-string, Scruggs-style player and a four-string Irish flatpicker: "Dr.
Banjo" himself, Pete Wernick, and Ireland's banjo legend, Gerry O'Connor.
Pete Wernick and his wife Joan ("Dr. & Nurse Banjo") return to Ireland
this Fall to the Johnny Keenan Festival, in Longford, Ireland, September 23-25,
2005. Performances in Israel and possibly Italy are planned for May 2005.
For more information, please visit www.DrBanjo.com
Ireland’s Carmel Sheerin & The Ravens
recently played at the Greville Arms Hotel, Pearse St., Mullingar,
Co. Westmeath and has a Wednesday residency at J.J. Harlows, Market
Square, Main St., Roscommon, Co Roscommon. The crowd tripled in size in the
first three weeks. The buzz is spreading and some well-known radio and TV
presenters have come to hear this original pop-bluegrass band and enjoy the
craic. The band will represent Ireland at the European World of
Bluegrass this May in the Netherlands. Promo package and song demos are
available upon request from Tom Hanway at www.bluegrassravens.com.
Tom Hanway has organized an Old time and
Bluegrass Hootenanny series at the United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam
Street, in the heart of Dublin's historic Georgian quarter. The
‘Hootenannies’—small formal concerts followed by informal jams—will be held
quarterly, depending on artist availability. These concerts and jamming
workshops will be held on weekends (Fridays or Saturdays), providing veteran and
emerging roots, old-time, and bluegrass artists a comfy and intimate concert
setting in Dublin. A small cover charge (between €5 and €10) will pay for
artists and concert expenses. Artists are encouraged to invite fans,
journalists, CD and concert reviewers, and record labels (A&R people), and
to document their shows through photographs, video or film. Carmel Sheerin
& The Ravens opened the series on Easter Saturday, 26 March. Info at
bluegrassravens zavinac eircom bod net.
Multi-instrumentalist Ryan Holladay has signed a
recording contract with Skaggs Family Records and his current album New
Kid in Town will be released April 12. Already a music-industry veteran
at age 12 with three albums to his credit, Holladay has performed on the Grand
Ole Opry since he was 5 and is credited with being the youngest artist to ever
appear on that famous stage.
received his tenth career Grammy at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards. Skaggs
and Kentucky Thunder were awarded the Grammy trophy for Best Bluegrass Album -
their third win in that category - for their recent album Brand New
continues to be uncertain. It seems the doctors have recanted the "2-4 weeks to
live" originally reported. The truth is no one knows how this will go. The
cancer in his bladder is creeping back in, and his heart is not strong enough
right now for him to sustain radiation treatments. If you would like to send a
note or a card: Jimmy Martin, PO Box 646, Hermitage, TN 37076,
Records will soon release the Stanley Brothers' earliest recordings as
The Complete Rich-R-Tone 78s
Chris Stuart &
is happy to announce the addition of fiddler and
who most recently played with the band Open Road.
Lou Reid and
are currently in the studio finalizing their new album on Lonesome Day Records
set for a spring 2005 release date. Band members include, Lou Reid, Christy
Reid, Kevin Richardson, Trevor Watson and Joe Hannabach with guests Randy Kohrs
(Dobro/vocals) and Ron Stewart (fiddle).
The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)
announceed the 2005 International Bluegrass Music Awards will take place on the
stage of the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN. The broadcast
show is slated for Thursday, 27 October 2005, in conjunction with World of
Bluegrass week 24-30 October, making it the first time this week-long bluegrass
celebration will be held in Nashville (www.ibma.org).
Mike Lantz, band member of the US bluegrass band
Front Range, is currently undergoing radiation and chemotherapy
treatments for a brain tumor. Band members encourage EVERYONE who has ever known
Mike to send cards or letters of support to Mike Lantz c/o Front Range, P.O. Box
65, Winchester, VA 22604.
have been nominated for the ECMA 2005 Promo Agents/Public Relations Company
Award in the 2005 European CMA Awards Choice. Publicity House was founded
in 2002 by Sharon Eaves (Fan-Club House) and Laura Claffey. Publicity House
offers full tour press that is affordable to artists of every status. For a
"by-the-date" fee, they strive to put the artist's face in every form of media
available in the touring area. Info at wildfirepublicity zavinac comcast bod net,
Wildfire Publicity, PO Box 558, Smyrna, Tennessee
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