• Crooked Still to England in January

    Boston-based quartet Crooked Still is heading back to the UK in January 2007. They have four dates in England (1/21-24), followed by an appearance at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow on the 25th. Find info on all their dates on

  • Casey Driessen’s China trip photos online

    Last month, we passed along some information about The Sparrow Quartet's lengthy tour of China. The quartet includes Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck on banjo, Casey Driessen on fiddle, and Ben Sollee on cello. Casey created a slide show of photos

  • Special Consensus in the UK next month

    Special Consensus is getting ready to cross the ocean just after the new year, spending two and a half weeks in the British Isles during January. They have stops in Ireland, Scotland and England, including a performance and workshop at

  • EBMA launches European Bluegrass Blog

    Our friends at the European Bluegrass Music Association have launched their own blog, The European Bluegrass Blog. It is intended to replace the EBMA's email newsletter, and will be updated regularly with news of interest to the European bluegrass community. Bands,

  • New UK Bluegrass blog

    Jer Boon just wrote in to tell us about a blog that has just launched for British bluegrassers. UKBluegrass.com aims to provide all the information bluegrass musicians and fans in the UK might need. They plan to post news about gig

  • Chris Thile on BBC 3 – 11/21

    Chris Thile will be a guest this afternoon (evening) on BBC 3 Radio's Late Junction program. The show airs live at 5:15 p.m. (EST), or 10:15 p.m. London time, and features Chris in a largely improvised performance with Scottish musician

  • Brazilian Bluegrass Hall Of Fame

    The Sao Paulo Bluegrass Music Association has established a Brazilian Bluegrass Hall Of Fame, which they call The Brazilian Bluegrass Pioneers. They have started a new section of their web site to honor the musicians who kindled an interest in bluegrass

  • Fleck/Washburn banjos from China on YouTube

    We posted last week about some of the press coverage from China of the current Sparrow Quartet tour. The band features Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on picked and non-picked banjo respectively, with Casey Driessen on fiddle and Ben Sollee

  • Banjos in China

    I found an interesting piece on Xinhua online, an English language version of ChinaView.cn about a set of performances this weekend by Sparrow Quartet in Bejing. The group includes Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn on banjos, with Casey Driessen on

  • No Speed Limit In Japan

    Well, that's a bit misleading I suppose. They do, I'm sure, have speed limits in Japan. The band No Speed Limit is not traveling to Japan anytime soon that I am aware of. They are, however, being listened to there.