The international bluegrass music community, the I in IBMA, will, as usual, have a very strong presence during the World of Bluegrass week in the Nashville Convention Center (NCC) this coming week (9/26-10/1).

The European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA) will have a booth in the exhibition hall from Tuesday to Thursday and, as usual, they will host a number of after hours showcase performances.

Monogram, the much heralded Czech band and the April Verch Band (Canada) will play official IBMA showcases on Wednesday evening (9/28).

Among the after hours showcases is a Foreign Affairs program with bluegrass music from all over the world. The program includes showcases on both Tuesday (9/27) and Wednesday (9/28) night  commencing at 10:00 p.m. (CDT). Each takes place in NCC room # 109 and is jointly sponsored by the EBMA and Nechville Musical Products.

Earlier on the Wednesday (9/28) evening – 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. – is a Worldwide Bluegrass Get-Together jointly hosted by Greg Cahill and Tom Nechville. The informal Meet & Greet & Jam also takes place in NCC room #109.

Additionally, two Canadian bands, The Spinney Brothers and Tiller’s Folly, will each play a set during FanFest (Friday 9/30 to Sunday 2/10).

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.