• IBMA Travelogue #1

    Our own intrepid correspondent, Richard Thompson , is on his way to Nashville from the UK to attend the IBMA convention next week. This will be his first trip to IBMA in 20 years, and we thought that his impressions

  • EWOB ’09 band application info online

    Applications are now being accepted for bands wishing to perform at the 2009 European World Of Bluegrass. The festival runs from May 21-23, 2009 in Voorthuizen, Netherlands and is a rough equivalent to the IBMA Fan Fest held at the conclusion

  • Gskaggs in Gstaad

    Earlier this month (September 12-13) Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder was among the headliners at the Gstaad Country Night festival in Switzerland. Since 1989 this event has brought top American acts, and European artists who perform American music, to Swiss

  • CD from New Essex Bluegrass Band

    The New Essex Bluegrass Band has released its first CD, entitled Hot Off The Press. The New Essex Bluegrass Band has been in existence since 1994 and has been one of the UK's most popular traditional bluegrass acts from the beginning.

  • Lovell Sisters… busy, busy, busy

    I had a chance to speak today with Jessica Lovell, the fiddling third of the sibling trio, The Lovell Sisters. She was making final preparations to leave for their European tour, which begins this Sunday (8/31) in Norway. We talked in

  • Monroe’s Revenge debut CD

    After 21 years together, one of the most popular and well-known names on the British bluegrass music scene, Monroe's Revenge, has finally released their debut CD. The band from south-east England has made regular appearances at festivals around the country for

  • C-Sky interviewed at ukbluegrass.com

    Our friends at ukbluegrass are looking forward to the appearance of one of the hottest new groups in bluegrass today, Cadillac Sky, at this year's Didmartin Bluegrass Festival at the end of the month. The 20th iteration of this event

  • The Toy Hearts launch new CD

    The Birmingham (England) quintet The Toy Hearts launched their second album When I Cut Loose (Woodville Records) on Wednesday, August 6. That evening they performed songs from the CD at a release party at The Roadhouse, their regular venue in the city. The

  • Olympic spirit – Chinese bluegrass

    With so much of the world focused this week on the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, it seems fitting that a video of Chinese bluegrass has been posted on YouTube. Here is Mei Han's Red Chamber picking a solid version

  • Busking bluegrass in Bologna

    Were you to find yourself visiting an outdoor arts festival in Italy this summer, would you expect to run up on a bluegrass band? If you were in Bologna recently, you might have found Bononia Grass performing on the street for