The international bluegrass scene, as reported from all over the planet
New International Releases
Blue Grass Boogiemen: Live at Cafe De Stad (recorded at a Blue Grass Boogiemen concert in central Utrecht, the Netherlands; see their photo at right)
The Dark is Barking from Rawhide, a Belgian band
Redhills by I Draw Slow, the 'neo-old-time' band based in Dublin, Ireland; to be released by Pinecastle Records. Customers who pre-order Redhills from the Pinecastle website will also receive a free digital copy, delivered on the release date, and will receive the single 'Goldmine' instantly after their purchase. Look for their official WOB showcase in Nashville!
Dial, by 0039 (Italy; formerly Bononia Grass); with a new name and lineup, and a “new kind of bluegrass—‘Bluegrass Made in Italy’”—and five original songs by Paolo Ercoli.
We really appreciate these fine reports from our friends in the EBMA! Bluegrass is taking root and growing all over the world, as these reports reveal…
Obrigado to André Dal Lentilhas, who sends news from Portugal:
Dziękuję to Miroslaw Parejko, who lets us know about his band’s adventures in Poland:
Molto Grazie to Martino Coppo of Red Wine & the EBMA Board, checking in from Italy:
благодаря to Lilly Drumeva, reporting from Bulgaria:
Lilly of the West will host the first mini-bluegrass music festival in Sofia, Bulgaria, July 11, in front of the Sofia Theatre in Zaimov Park, at 7.30 pm, with special guests Candy Floss, a young band from Slovakia. Also, check out Lilly’s new video (“'Gotta lotta rhythm in my soul'”) with her band, Lilly of the West, at http://youtu.be/F5cNyTmLopg.
Mange tak to Spencer Sorenson over in Denmark, who shares the following …
Dank je wel to Cor & Margaret Sanne, www.cms-country.nl, in the Netherlands, who let us know that Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa will appear in an exclusive concert in Holland on July 17, at Turfschip, Zuideinde 15, Nieuwkoop. The band will include Emory Lester (mandolin, harmony vocals) Kene Hyatt (bass) and Mike Scott (banjo, vocals). On July the band will play in Norway with Vince Gill and Bobby Bare.
And dank to Guido de Groot, also from the Netherlands, who tells us that the second Pijnackerplein Bluegrass Festival took place on June 30 on the most beautiful square in Rotterdam, and featured bands like Lucky Tubb and the Modern Day Troubadours (USA), the Blue Grass Boogiemen (Netherlands), and more.
Merci beaucoup to Christopher Howard-Williams, reporting from France:
Peter Rowan will play a handful of very special solo dates in England and Ireland in August/September 2012:
Pete will return to Europe in November for more shows in Italy and the Czech Republic, in distinguished European company!
With Red Wine (Italy; pictured at right):
With Druha Trava (Czech Republic)
From August 9 to August 18, Bill Evans, Barbara Lamb, Todd Phillips and Tim May will tour Russia, appearing at music festivals in Vologda, Tomta, Perm and Yekaterinburg.
Oregon’s Foghorn Stringband (Caleb Klauder, mandolin, vocals; Stephen 'Sammy' Lind, violin, vocals; Reeb Willms, guitar, vocals; Nadine Landry, bass, vocals) recently completed a tour of Europe that began in Ireland and ended in Switzerland. They contributed posts about their experiences to the Prescription Bluegrass Blog, and the final post--dealing with their shows in Geneva and the surrounding area--can be read on the PBB blog, and their Stateside schedule for the next couple of very busy months is there, too.
American band The Coloradas are planning another European tour for September, with shows in Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Norway. Promoters interested in booking them for dates on the tour can contact Roy Davis via Austrian mobile: +43 664 8715118 or through the Coloradas’ website, Twitter, or Facebook page. Visit http://www.thecoloradas.com.
The 6th Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival in County Mayo, in the west of Ireland, welcomed back Mayo's top bluegrass act, the Rocky Top String Bad, to 29 June-1 July event. The lineup also included the acclaimed Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys from Great Britain. http://westportfolkandbluegrass.com/
Banjo player, enthusiast, and researcher Gérard De Smaele (photo at left) of Fauroeulx, Belgium has a new website that features his performing, recordings, and publications, and an ample liens (links) section which should be very useful to anyone interested in the banjo. De Smaele’s complete thesis “Banjo attitudes” is available on the site in French; an English translation is in progress. His website is at http://home.base.be/desmaele51/banjo/Accueil.html.
Canadian banjo adventurer Jayme Stone will tour Canada extensively this month, and he’s also deeply involved with a banjo concert written by Canadian composer Andrew Downing, which is set to premiere at the Home County Folk Festival on July 22 with members of Orchestra London. The program will also include tunes by Stone and Downing, arranged for chamber symphony. Visit http://jaymestone.com.
Sad news from promoter Laurent Eeckhout in Namur, Belgium: no Picnic Festival in 2012—
“Je suis au regret de vous annoncer qu'il n'y aura pas d'édition 2012 de notre bel événement. Le manque de moyens financiers ne nous permettra pas d'organiser un huitième Picnic Festival dans de bonnes conditions. Je remercie les fidèles de la première heure (et ceux des heures suivantes...) d'avoir participé, apprécié (j'espère...), de nous avoir aidé, encouragé, soutenu. Nous espérons revenir en 2013 pour vous proposer à nouveau un festival original et unique dans notre belle région. D'ici-là, portez-vous bien, abusez du bluegrass, du celtic et de la Guinness, on compte sur vous pour porter haut ces valeurs!” Salut, Monsieur, et merci.
The Guildtown Bluegrass Music Festival will kick off in Perth, Scotland on July 20th--23rd, 2012 at the Guildtown Village Hall & Playing Fields, Hall Rd, six miles north of Perth on A93. Featured acts will include Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, Rough & Rocky Road (CZ), Goldrush, Home Made Jam, Dapper McDans, Blue Horyzon, New Redwing, Little Giants, Kentucky Cow Tippers and John Weighell & Co. Visit www.scottishbluegrass.com for info.
Please send your international bluegrass news to Caroline Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome bluegrass news from all over the globe, and will include it in our newsletter as time and space permit!