As part of this past weekend’s European World of Bluegrass convention in Voorthuizen, The Netherlands, a new top European Bluegrass Band for 2014 has been chosen.
Dunderhead, a group from Sweden, took first place honors this year in the band competition. This same group, but under the name Angelina Darland and The Moonshine Brothers, won second place in 2013.
The band is fronted by Angelina Lundh as lead vocalist, with Mikael Grund on mandolin and lead vocals, Anders Ternesten on banjo and reso-guitar, Jimmy Hermansson on guitar, and Carl Karlsson on bass. They have been in the studio recently and plan to have a debut recording released later this year, with 11 new songs written by Grund and Lundh.
Speaking for Dunderhead, Angelina and Mikael tells us…
“The band is very happy about this award. We really feel like we’re on a roll! We are extremely honored to be able to represent European bluegrass during the up-coming year, and hope that this will help us to reach out and meet a new audience outside of Sweden!”
Here is a video with several snippets from a performance at the Lonesome Pine Country Festival in Sunne (southwestern Sweden) in January 2014.
The official list of band contest winners from EWOB 2014 follows:
European Bluegrass Band 2014
Audience Popularity Awards 2014
Also announced during the convention was the presentation of the 2014 Liz Meyer – European Innovation of Bluegrass Music award to the Dutch band, Stroatklinker. They were honored for their tasteful blending of Dutch folk music with bluegrass.
Congratulations to all the winners!