Just letting you know of a new tender opportunity on Song Central. A producer of a children s educational DVD is looking for a songwriter to write a theme song (and other related pieces of music) for the DVD.
Australian Bluegrass News
The Spring 2009 edition of British Bluegrass News is nearing completion.
The cover story is devoted to the Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys from the west country. Additionally, there are feature stories about the home counties band Papa Truck, The Midnight Ramblers and Laurie Lewis, the last two of whom are scheduled to do separate tours of the UK.
The guest contribution is from Greg Cahill, who with his band Special Consensus, has just finished a tour of the UK and Ireland.
Other interesting items are Rick Townend’s tribute to Bill Clifton; a feature on May Is Worldwide Bluegrass Music Month; the choice of Favourites from the Carrivick Twins, Charlotte and Laura; and The Story Behind The Song, about Carter Stanley’s The White Dove.
All this plus the usual What’s On, Tour details and 2009 Festival Dates, CD reviews and Area reports will be in this bumper edition of British Bluegrass News.
British Bluegrass News is published by the British Bluegrass Music Association (BBMA).
Besides BBN, the most visible asset that the BBMA has is its www.britishbluegrass.co.uk/. This is being made more user friendly and kept up to date. Work on this task is in progress and is now expected to be completed by Easter.
BBMA was founded in November 1990 and currently there are about 300 members.
For further information about the BBMA and this Press Release email Richard F Thompson, or post to Press Relations, 14 Lime Grove, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, WS13 6ER. Phone 44 (0)1543 252683.
Those interested in joining the BBMA can do so by contacting email Trish Hockley.
Sourcing good playable instruments for those who have lost them in the fires.
Many of us have perfectly fine, playable instruments in the house that we don’t use, maybe we have upgraded or found other interests or for whatever reason they are gathering dust. Here is an opportunity to put them to good use today.
Many people who have lost their homes in Australia’s recent Victorian bushfires may have also lost cherished musical instruments. Whether they were the kids favourite ukulele or an inherited vintage instrument, they will for the most part be irreplaceable, and sorely missed.
You can offer some consolation by contributing an instrument that you might have lying around the house. You can donate any kind of instrument or accessory, recorders, guitars, trumpets, balalaikas, learning books, anything.
Instruments can be delivered to the guitar Gallery at 30 Johnston St, Fitzroy VIC, and we will arrange distribution to Bushfire victims. Tel. 03 9417 2252 or more info The Guitar Gallery
Registrations for assistance from the program can be forward via mail to the above address, email to The Guitar Gallery or via phone on (03) 9417 2252.
The Bluegrass Hotel Project which has made headlines on bluegrass networks across the globe has the following message displayed on their website this week:
For more info contact: – The Bluegrass.. Hotel LLC – www.thebluegrasshotel.com – firstname.lastname@example.org
What started out as a project of promise is heading towards ever growing difficulty.
The ongoing saga of the now ill fated Bluegrass Hotel Project has turned more difficult for all involved.
The following extract from the Bluegrass Hotel Website cited difficulties with contract negotiation between Tony Rice and Sam bush management: –
The following statement appears on the Bluegrass Hotel website:
Tony Rice’s website contains the following statement from his management company:
One thing is becoming clear. The Bluegrass scene, while growing in strength year to year, remains a small player in music’sÂ global marketplace. We can ill afford this division.
In October last were we were advised of the Bluegrass Hotel Project aimed at a New Grass Revival & Bluegrass Alliance. The proposed project features Sam Bush, Vince Gill, Dan Cary, Curtis Burch and other former members of the New Grass Revival & Bluegrass Alliance who were to participate in The Bluegrass Hotel Film & Recording Project. which was launched at the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) convention.
In 1973 to 1981, the Bluegrass Hotel was home of Mr Harry Bickel a dentist and banjo picker. Harry rented rooms out to bluegrass musicians during the Newgrass era, in Louisville. During this time the hotel was visited and lived in by, among others, Sam Bush, Vince Gill, J.D. Crowe, Curtis Burch, Courtney Johnson, Dan Crary, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Tony Williamson and Jack Lawrence.
This press release – dated 11th March 2009 – was posted on Sam Bush’s website:
Various news outlets including The Bluegrass Blog, Cybergrass and The Bluegrass Journal have all delivered the news of Sam Bush’s withdrawal from the project. Others are also now rumoured to be with drawing from the project. Cybergrass and The Bluegrass Blog report that Jack Lawrence, Tony Rice, John Cowan have announced that they have withdrawn from the project.
The Bluegrass Hotel Website has this notice posted atop its homepage:
Bluegrass Parkway (BGP) is in the final stages of organisation for their return tour to the USA. Following the success of their 2005 tour, the band is booked to perform at some of the festivals they previously appeared at as well as a new one.
The 2009 tour will cover most of the month of June with the first show taking place in Maria Duff’s home town (BGP’s bass and fiddle player) of Lexington Kentucky.
During their 2005 tour, BGP received invitations to return to perform at Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom Festival in Indiana, The Festival Of The Bluegrass in Kentucky and The Kentucky Lake Bluegrass Festival in Western Kentucky. BGP will be returning to play all of these festivals except The Kentucky Lake Festival, which has moved to a later time in the year. BGP will also appear at several other festivals including a new festival in Owensboro Kentucky named ROMP 2009. This is a festival organized and presented by the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
There are still more shows to be finalized but here are the tour dates and festival schedule so far:
- June 9: Southland Jamboree, Lexington Kentucky
- June 11-14: The Festival Of The Bluegrass, Lexington Kentucky
- June 16 & 18: Bean Blossom Festival, Bean Blossom Indiana
- June 20: UpBeat Cafe, Georgetown Kentucky
- June 23: The Red Barn, Renfro Valley Kentucky
- June 24-27: Romp 2009, Owensboro Kentucky
Editor: This is one of Australia’s premier bluegrass acts both musically and visually. Australian Bluegrass Blog invites our USA readers to catch Bluegrass Parkway this year at a festival near you.
To celebrate Stanley’s 82nd birthday, the Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Center in Virginia will host an 82nd Birthday Dinner and Fundraiser. The event will be held at the Meadowview Convention Centre in Kingsport, Tennessee on 28th March 2009.
The celebration will include music performances from the ETSU Bluegrass Band, Tim White & VW Boys, The Midnight Ramblers and some surprise guests, special presentations amidst a first-class buffet-style dinner, and much more.
The Ralph Stanley Museum & Traditional Mountain Music Centre is a state-of-the-art music museum that opened its doors in October 2004. It is located on Main St. in Clintwood, VA, the Museum houses exhibits and artifacts from Ralph Stanley’s life and career, the Stanley Brothers, and the traditional mountain music of Dickenson County and southwestern Virginia.
His guitar, aÂ Terada Acoustic Guitar (pictured right) was stolen on Saturday morning early on theÂ SA/VIC border just south of Bordertown so could be headed in either direction.
Identifying features include an AGA Phase 2Â preamp/ pickup system installed, visible in on the top left of the picture above andÂ it has chunky fingerboard inlays. it’s a Martin look alike with ‘Terada’ inlayed on the headstock. It was in a Maton (big imprint) case with a Dya Singh sticker along with a few others. It has a black guitar strap with a red patch and gold Chinese characters printed on it.
Brisbane’s Madass Folk Club is now held each Thursday night at the Muddy Farmer Hotel in Annerley starting at 8pm – and admission is free.
This Thursday will see the group Quartermoon playing the new venue. They are Alison MacKenzie (mandolin), Gillian Smith (fiddle), John Hockings (banjo, guitar) and Michael Bourne (guitar).
Quartermoon come to you courtesy of ‘The Bramstons’ a large, loose-knit group of kitchen table crooners originally convened by Alan Mackey. There have been sightings of Quartermoon over the last year, at the Redlands Bluegrass Convention and the inaugural Nobby Festival, playing their eclectic collection of Old Timey and New Timey songs. This Thursday night they will play their hearts out for the Madass farewell concert.