• On This Day #2

    On this day in 1990 ..... The British Bluegrass Music Association (BBMA) was formed. “Reacting to an initiative by Mal Salisbury, a group of 10 British bluegrass music enthusiasts gathered together at the George & Dragon Inn, Much Wenlock, Shropshire, on Saturday,

  • The I in IBMA

    The international bluegrass music community, the I in IBMA, will, as usual, have a very strong presence during the World of Bluegrass week in the Nashville Convention Center (NCC) this coming week (9/26-10/1). The European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) will have

  • Mustered Courage from Down Under

    I have thought a lot (and written a bit) about the "bluegrass" music being created by young string players whose impressions of its boundaries are shaped by the growing jamgrass scene, and the popularity of such groups as Punch Brothers,

  • G2 update

    In 2010, Swedish bluegrassers G2 spent several months in the US, touring aggressively during festival season in support of their latest album, Untapped Routes, and capping their visit with an appearance on the IBMA Awards show in Nashville. But this year,

  • Dailey & Vincent in Ireland

    Dailey & Vincent are on tour in Ireland, and took a moment during their visit to St. Patrick's Cathedral to throw out a rendition of Amazing Grace. You can see in the video how hearing their own voices spiraling up to

  • Niall Toner and Airplay Direct

    Airplay Direct had recently announced an expansion into the international market for their popular and successful radio delivery service. The company now services 6,700 stations worldwide in more than 100 countries, with close to 30,000 artist and record label members

  • Liz Meyer RIP

    Liz Meyer, one of Europe’s adopted American bluegrassers, passed away on Friday 26 August after a decade-long battle with cancer. In April 2009 doctors discovered severe bone dancer that led to a long stay in the Klinik St. Georg, Bad Aibling,

  • Niall Toner on William Smith Monroe

    Irish singer/songwriter Niall Toner has posted a video essay which traces his life-long love for bluegrass music, his experiences with Bill Monroe in Ireland over the years, and the inspiration and songcraft that went into his new single, William Smith

  • Blackjack wins at La Roche

    Lilly Pavlak has a piece up on the European Bluegrass Music Association blog about the prestigious band competition at this past weekend's La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France. She reports that the winners for 2011 are: Blackjack (Czech Republic) Blueland (Slovakia) Lazy Tater (Netherlands) Blackjack

  • Sendai Bluegrass Festival report

    Sab Watanabe and Shyotaro Tsuchiya collaborated on this report on the Sendai Bluegrass Festival in Japan, held July 30. It has been edited from their original for clarity of translation. The Sendai Bluegrass Festival was held in Motokajicho-Park, Sendai-City, Miyagi-Prefecture on