Category: Non-US bluegrass news

Henhouse Prowlers share bluegrass in Rwanda

| May 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Henhouse Prowlers have returned to Africa on another cultural exchange mission for the US government. Here is a report from banjo picker Ben Wright on their time in Rwanda. To be honest, Rwanda knocked us off our feet and left us stunned from the moment we […]


Another award for Niall Toner

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Irish bluegrass singer and songwriter Niall Toner has accepted yet another award for his music. He was named Songwriter Of The Year for 2015 at the Leinster Entertainment Awards Show, held at the Kilashee House Hotel, near Naas, in County Kildare. Toner performed on the show with his band, […]


EBMA announces 2015 Bluegrass Pioneers and Personalities Awards

| March 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

The European Bluegrass Music Association, the unaffiliated counterpart to the International Bluegrass Music Association in the US, has announced the 2015 recipients of their Bluegrass Pioneers and Personalities Awards. This serves as a Hall of Fame of sorts, noting musicians, promoters, journalists, DJs, luthiers,and experts of various […]


Henhouse Prowlers in the Congo

| November 18, 2013 | 1 Comment

Ben Wright, banjo picker with Henhouse Prowlers has agreed to share occasional reports from the band’s African adventure, touring with American Voices program on behalf of the US Department of State. Here’s his first dispatch. So much has happened in so little time here in Congo […]


Mustered Courage heading stateside in September

| August 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

Aussie grassers Mustered Courage are making a trip to the US at the end of the summer. They’ll have to head back before the big IBMA bash in Raleigh, but they will play a Nashville showcase during the Americana Music Festival September 18, along with […]


Grasstowne in Scandinavia

| July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

Grasstowne is now a few days into their summer tour of Scandinavia. The band is finishing up a week in Finland, and will be heading to Norway later this week. Fearless leader (and mandolinist) Alan Bibey has promised to send us updates and photos as […]


Bluegrass in Ireland moved to Facebook

| May 19, 2013 | 0 Comments

With the retirement of Richard Hawkins, originator and manager of The Bluegrass Ireland Blog, the task of keeping the enthusiastic Irish bluegrass scene informed online has fallen to Ray O’Brien, who keeps things up to date with the Bluegrass In Ireland Facebook group. Ray invites everyone […]


January Mountain Tour 2013

| February 19, 2013 | 2 Comments

Last month, Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley spent two weeks in Europe, from January 22 through February 4. Billed as the January Mountain tour, they started out in Slovakia, where they hooked up with their band for the duration: Richard Cifersky on banjo, Michal […]


EWOB applications due by December 15

| December 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

This Saturday (12/15) is the firm deadline for submitting applications to perform at the 2013 European World of Bluegrass. Next year’s annual event will be held May 9-11 in Voorthuizen, Holland at Hotel ‘t Trefpunt. EWOB is the premiere opportunity for bands to showcase before fans and promoters […]


On this Day #6 – Angelika Torrie

| November 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

On this day in 1968 ………. On November 6, 1968, Angelika Torrie was born. The long-time treasurer of the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA), was born and raised in Dornach, near Basel, Switzerland. She grew up in an environment where classical music was important. At […]