Author Archive: Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics.

A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.

He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.

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Athy: end of a Chapter 

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Following our recent report about the Athy Bluegrass Festival in Ireland, we now learn that organizer, Tony O’Brien, has decided that the 25th anniversary festival will be the last. In an open letter, O’Brien, who was the chief organizer of the Athy Bluegrass Festival for […]


Having a Coffee with …… Ron Block 

| November 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

This is fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so famous, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.   Ron Block, banjo and guitar player with Alison Krauss & Union Station since […]


Young Uns #3 – The Zolla Boys

| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Lilly Brothers and, contemporaneously, the Gibson Brothers and the Spinney Brothers have shown that talented musicians who play and sing in the traditional mountain style with verve and intensity don’t have to come from the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia. The Zolla Boys, Ben, […]


Gospel Choices #4 – Bob Webster 

| October 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Here’s the fourth contribution of a periodical feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Bob Webster, who has been very thoughtful in making his choices, which are …….. Wicked Path of Sin – Bill […]


International Bluegrass at Tir Na Nog

| September 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

Occasionally, International Bluegrass has been a touchy subject with complaints that organizations like the IBMA have not paid sufficient attention to the requirements of those outside the borders of the USA. But to me, the international bluegrass music community has, for the most part, seemed fully inclusive. […]


Work on Niall Toner documentary begins 

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Irish bluegrass musician, song-writer, radio broadcaster, and Pinecastle Records recording artist Niall Toner will be the subject of a documentary being made by Dublin-based New Decade TV Media Ltd. The documentary comes about due to the close friendship between Toner and New Decade TV Media […]


Having a Coffee with ……….Elaine Roy

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

Having A Coffee With… is a fun series in which we ask bluegrass music personalities, some famous, some not so well known, about some of their interests as well as about the music that they love.  Joining me for coffee this morning is Elaine Roy, […]


Larry Sparks on his Hall of Fame induction

| September 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Larry Sparks, noted for his very original style of playing the guitar and singing, bluesy elements abounding, has been in touch with Bluegrass Today to share his reaction to the news of his induction to the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. He shares a […]


Fincastle festival to be remembered at WOB

| September 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Enthusiasts of bluegrass music history will have an opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Fincastle multi-day bluegrass festival at a commemorative event at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, on Saturday, October 3. Featured will be video clips from the original festival, […]


Johnny Montgomery passes

| September 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Johnny Thelbert Montgomery, bass player with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, passed away on September 4, 2015, in Watertown (part of Lebanon), Tennessee. He was 87 years old. Montgomery was the eldest boy of 16 children. Music was his first love and he played the […]