• 2017 Al Ras Bluegrass and Old Time Festival

    This report on the Al Ras festival in Barcelona comes courtesy of Lluis Gomez. The 16th annual Al Ras Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, Spain’s oldest bluegrass festival, occurred this past November 9-11th. This year the festival expanded activities over three

  • Barcelona Bluegrass Camp 2017

    Our friend Lluis Gomez, Spain's most prominent banjo picker, shared this report about their second annual Barcelona Bluegrass Camp. He says that the enrollment was up over 50% from last year, a great sign for bluegrass in western Europe. Saturday, March

  • Al Ras Bluegrass Festival 2016

    This review of the Al Ras Bluegrass Festival is a contribution from Spanish banjoist, educator, and composer, Lluis Gomez. The fifteenth edition of Al Ras Bluegrass Festival took place this November in Barcelona and Mollet del Vallès (Barcelona, Spain). Al Ras is the

  • New banjo book from Lluis Gómez

    Spanish banjo master Lluis Gómez has a new banjo book which he says was only unintentionally released. He assembled it as a teaching aid for himself, but since students and workshop participants expressed such a strong interest in purchasing a

  • Grazztrio from Spain

    From Barcelona comes Grazztrio, a new experimental string band that performs their own original music. Their approach merges traditional bluegrass instruments and playing styles with rhythms and harmonic concepts common to jazz and classical music. Members include Lluis Gomex on banjo, Oriol

  • Flor de canciones from The Cubero Brothers

    Our Spanish bluegrass buddies, The Cubero Brothers (Los Hermanos Cubero), have released their latest album, Flor de canciones. Like their previous projects, it features brothers Roberto and Enrique Cubero performing their mix of traditional Iberian folk music with the mandolin and guitar techniques

  • Déboucher – Swing 42

    Spanish quartet Swing 42 has released a new album that mixes the traditions of bluegrass and manouche, the gypsy jazz style originated and popularized by Django Reinhardt in the 1930s. With tongue in cheek, they describe this hybrid sound as Gypsygrass and Blueswing. Déboucher