• 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

  • Cherryholmes video from Celtic Connections

    The various live performances from the recent Celtic Connections festival in Scotland that have been aired on BBC Scotland can be accessed online. Cherryholmes is among the acts whose appearances were aired, and three songs from their set (Black & White,

  • Stone, Reischman grab Juno nominations

    Banjoist Jayme Stone and mandolinist John Reischman each received a JUNO nomination from The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences last week. The awards, which celebrate the work of Canadian musical artists, will be announced at the 37th annual

  • Sore Fingers Bluegrass week

    Our friend Laura Leder from Cool Mandolin Company emailed recently to ask us to remind students of bluegrass and old time music - both here in the US, and in the UK and Europe - about Sore Fingers Week