Bluegrass Europe on its own

The current April/May edition of Bluegrass Europe magazine boasts a number of milestones.

Bluegrass Europe was founded and first published by Paolo Dettwiler who continued as the editor until the February/March 2011 edition, after which he retired. The magazine debuted with the April/May 1998 edition.

In 2002 Bluegrass Europe became the official journal of the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA).

For several years, the magazine was published in conjunction with Bluegrass Buehne – the German bluegrass magazine – and the Dutch Strictly Country magazine [started and published by current IBMA board member Rienk Janssen]. They were a three-in-one magazine, published bi-monthly. The last combined issue was issue #78, published February/March 2011. Rienk also ceased publishing Strictly Country in February 2011.

For Paolo and Rienk it means a well-deserved retirement from editing a magazine, though both will be staying involved in bluegrass matters. The EBMA has retained the title but is now publishing it quarterly. The new editor is Angelika Torrie, a 2011 Leadership Bluegrass graduate.

The first edition in the new solo format is numbered #79, which includes a cover feature about the French band Bluegrass 43, written by Christopher Howard-Williams, with Philippe Ochin.

Also, there’s an article Building Bridges … Banjos by Dan Sreebny.

I have contributed a feature on bluegrass ambassador Greg Cahill, who will be in Europe next month with the Special Consensus, an interview with British bluegrass DJ Lynne Butler, Bill Monroe – The Centennial Year, a brief career overview to mark Charlie Louvin’s passing and a couple of book reviews.

The magazine contains a European Festival and Concert Calendar, and European and International News. It runs to 40 pages with many having full color pictures and/or adverts.

You can find all pertinent details on the EBMA site.

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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.