• Why banjo and extreme sports don’t mix

    Here's a cautionary tale for bluegrass musicians who also like to try their hand at risky extreme sports. It comes from Jens Koch, the superb young banjo player with Swedish bluegrass group, G2. Three years ago - before G2 caught the

  • European Bluegrass Festival Calendar

    The European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) has a very comprehensive European festival schedule online on their new website. The listing provides information regarding each concert, including the date, location, name of the event, appropriate website or email link, and additional

  • Banjo workshop in Belgium

    As the International Bluegrass Music Association is at pains to remind us, bluegrass music is a truly worldwide phenomenon. Though the IBMA is based in the US, and the largest part of the membership resides here, no small part of

  • Juno for Jayme Stone

    Canadian banjoist Jayme Stone was among the winners in this past weekend's JUNO Awards ceremonies in Calgary. The awards are given by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) each year to Canadian recording artists and professionals for

  • New Niall Toner CD in April

    One of Ireland's most prominent bluegrass artists is Niall Toner, and he is set to release his third CD of original music later this month. Niall tells us that the new project features ten songs and two instrumentals, and will

  • Country Gazette Magazine ceasing publication

    Dutch country and bluegrass periodical, Country Gazette, is scheduled to publish it's last issue next month. The magazine has been in publication for 35 years, covering all things country and bluegrass in Northern Europe. On April 26, 2008, the May/June

  • Carrivick Sisters in the box

    We posted last month about British bluegrass twins The Carrivick Sisters competing on the Upstaged program on BBC TV. The show is a talent competition and Laura and Charlotte were selected to compete in the finals after their initial appearances. The

  • Thailand Country Bluegrass Music Festival

    A new festival has been announced for November of 2008, which the promoters describe as the first of its kind. The Thailand Country Bluegrass Music Festival will be held in Pakchong, about 100 miles northeast of Bangkok, November 1-3. According to

  • Lovell Sisters to Europe this summer

    We just received an email from a show promoter in Norway announcing that The Lovell Sisters would be spending two weeks touring Norway and Belgium in September of 2008. There is nothing up yet on the sisters' official web site -

  • Bluegrass Oscar connection

    We received a note from our friend Richard Hawkins who runs the Bluegrass Ireland Blog, and posts at the European Bluegrass Blog, about a bluegrass connection to last weekend's Academy Awards presentation in Los Angeles. Richard pointed out that one