• The Great North Strum

    A lot of readers were touched by the story of banjo teacher Patrick Costello regaining his hearing with an implant that transmits sound directly to the cochlea via bone conduction. After reading the story earlier this month, Mark Davies contacted

  • G2 heading our way

    G2, our favorite young Swedish bluegrass outfit, will also be heading west to the US later this month. They will perform at the Bluegrass Legends Concert Series in Chicago on 9/26, and then on the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour

  • Mountain Heart does Stonehenge

    Mountain Heart is in England this weekend, where they performed at the Didmarton Festival in Gloucestershire. Before the fest, however, the boys were able to get in a bit of sightseeing, and sent along these photos from Stonehenge. Bass man Jason

  • Rob Ickes at the Red Sea

    I could hear the excitement in Rob Icke's voice when I spoke with him earlier this week about his recent trip to Israel. He and pianist Michael Alvey made the trip to perform at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eliat,

  • Davidson Brothers – an IBMA success story

    Australia's Davidson Brothers (Hamish and Lachlan) are packing for the US, leaving tomorrow (9/4) for a month touring the States with their band in tow. Theirs is a story of determination and tenacity, and it shows what can be accomplished when

  • Milan Leppelt passes

    We just received this report from our friend Lilly Pavlak. The Czech bluegrass community has lost one of its greatest personalities - Mr. Milan "Stranger" Leppelt. He passed away after a wasp bite in his garden on August 18th, 2009,

  • Live EP from Toy Hearts

    Toy Hearts, surely one of Britain's most aggressive young bluegrass bands, leaves today for a month in the US. The group is based on a family trio, Stewart Johnson and his two daughters, Hannah and Sophia. They will be playing at

  • Ferguson, Holmes and Henry

    We just heard from Gary Ferguson, recently home from a three week tour in Ireland. He wanted share some news about a new project he has in the works. After touring the past two years in Ireland with Janet Holmes and

  • Banjo Band Logo Contest

    The UK, all banjo band WeBanjo3, which sometimes includes 4 banjos, is looking for a new logo. They are conducting the search via design marketplace website 99Designs.com. Designers can create and upload a design to be entered in the search. The

  • Carrie Hassler in France

    Carrie Hassler and her fine young band have been touring in France this past week, and are blogging about their Gallic adventures online. They have already posted a bunch of photos and several videos with more to come before they