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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On This Day #42 – IBMA

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On this Day …. On Monday June 24, 1985, a group of interested individuals gathered in the board-room of BMI’s Nashville headquarters for two days of discussion to explore the possibilities of forming a trade organisation in support of bluegrass music. Initiated by Lance LeRoy, […]

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On This Day #41 – Nancy Blake

| June 11, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On this Day ….. On June 11, 1952 Nancy Ann Blake (nee Short) was born in Independence, Missouri. She took up cello at the age of 12 and moved to Nashville, where she played the instrument with the Nashville Youth Symphony. In 1972 Short and […]

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Athy festival Celebrates 25 years of Bluegrass Music 

| June 4, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ireland’s first and longest running bluegrass music festival at Athy, County Kildare, celebrates 25 years of bluegrass music during this year’s festival over three days from July 10 to July 12, 2015. For the first seven years (1991-1997) the work of organizing the festival was […]

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Jean Ritchie passes

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Jean Ritchie, folk singer and dulcimer player, passed away on Monday June 1, 2015, at her home in Berea, Kentucky. She was 92 years old. She is noted for bringing centuries-old Appalachian ballads to the attention of international audiences. Ritchie, who grew up in Kentucky’s […]

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Richard Eddy Watson passes 

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Richard Eddy Watson, guitar-playing grandson of Doc Watson and son of the late Merle Watson, has passed away. He died on Monday evening June 1, 2015, due to a heart attack. Watson’s death came three years and two days after the death of his famous […]

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On This Day #40 – John Palmer

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On this Day ….. On May 28, 1927, John Palmer, bass player most noted for his time with Don Reno and Red Smiley, was born in Union, South Carolina. He was a World War II veteran. He worked with Don Reno in the early 1940s; […]

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Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music

| May 28, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Ralph Sylvester Peer is recognized for his part in the July/August 1927 Bristol, Tennessee, recording sessions which introduced Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family to the world. In Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music, Barry Mazor relates the momentous events of that […]

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Rounder founders accept Kari Estrin Founding President’s Award from Folk Alliance

| May 25, 2015 | 0 Comments
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On May 15, 2015, Kari Estrin – the founder of SERFA (Southeastern Regional Folk Alliance) – presented Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy and Bill Nowlin (the Rounder Founders) with a special award honoring their work. Also presented awards were Alice Gerrard and Si Kahn. Rounder […]

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Mac Wiseman reaches 90 years of age 

| May 23, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Mac Wiseman, the Voice with the Heart, celebrates his 90th birthday today, Saturday, May 23, 2015. Malcolm B Wiseman began his working life in radio, on Radio WSVA-AM in Harrisonburg, Virginia, when he was on the cusp of leaving his teenage years. There he sang […]

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Lizzy Long shares some Blueberry Pie

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments
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Elizabeth ‘Lizzy’ Long was introduced to the bluegrass music world in 2007 when she joined banjo legend Earl Scruggs and foster father Little Roy Lewis on the album Lifetimes. Subsequently, Long and Lewis began touring as The Little Roy & Lizzy Show. Earlier this month […]

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