Fw: EB Newsletter, April-May 05


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From "Petr Brandejs" <brandejs zavinac seznam bod cz>
Date Sun, 8 May 2005 10:42:39 +0200
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----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, April 06, 2005 10:09 PM
Subject: EB Newsletter, April-May 05

The European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) provides this newsletter free of charge. If you know someone who would like to receive this monthly service or have bluegrass-related news, please contact Lori Lovering (lori zavinac ebma bod org) or Paolo Dettwiler (paolo zavinac ebma bod org). Thanks for supporting Bluegrass in Europe.

 

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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 International

 

 

Bluegrass Europe Magazine

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 cover.

 

Featured 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 2005.

 

Bluegrass Europe, lead story:  Mideando String 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. 

Strictly Country, lead story:  Roy 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, www.ebma.org

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EBMA’s 8th European World of Bluegrass Festival & Trade Show

 

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.

 

May Concerts:  see the Concert Calendar and/or request the EWOB Guide 2005 by visiting www.ebma.org

Festival Dates:  Thursday – Saturday, 5-7 May 2005

Location;  ‘t Trefpunt, Roelenenweg 25, Voorthuizen, the Netherlands.

Reservations, tickets, general info: www.ebma.org, www.ebma.nl, or email Rienk Janssen at rienk zavinac ebma bod nl.

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 (www.nebgb.com), Liz 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 in Voorthuizen!

 

(Many thanks to Richard Hawkins, EBMA board member and editor of Bluegrass Ireland for contributing to this section)

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Highlights from 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.

Paul 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.

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Roberto Dalla Vecchia, 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

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Concert and Festival Information

 

The American 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.

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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.

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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.

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The 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.

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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.
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Workshops

 

Roberto Dalla Vecchia, summer workshops (see EBMA’s Concert Calendar or email www.robertodallavecchia.com):
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.

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CD Releases

 

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 (www.ebay.co.uk), at one of their live shows, or from select shops in their home area.
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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.

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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

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James Reams & The Barnstormers, a 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.

 

News Europe

 

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).

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The Petr Brandejs Band (CZ) has a new line-up - Petr (banjo, vocals), Ondra Kozák (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.

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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:

A 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 2005.

 

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.

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European bluegrass shines in the March issue of Bluegrass Unlimited. They have great reviews of Jussi Syren and the Groundbreakers, Turquoise and Nugget.

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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).

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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 (www.cwf-koetz.de).

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Deering Banjo 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).

 

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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 or www.JohnnyKeenan.com.

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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.

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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.

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News International

 

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.

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Ricky Skaggs 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 Strings.

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Jimmy Martin's health 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, USA.

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Rounder Records will soon release the Stanley Brothers' earliest recordings as The Complete Rich-R-Tone 78s (1947-1952).

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Chris Stuart & Backcountry is happy to announce the addition of fiddler and mandolinist Paul Lee, who most recently played with the band Open Road.

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Lou Reid and Carolina 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).

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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).

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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.

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Publicity House/Wildfire Publicity 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 37167.

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