A promising young Swedish group called the Downtown Ramblers has just won the coveted #1 European Bluegrass Band Award at the European World of Bluegrass Festival 2009. The band has been together for 3 years and won the Swedish Bluegrass Championship in Salen in Sept. 2007. They have performed at nearly every major country and bluegrass festival in Sweden. Downtown Ramblers released their first CD in December, 2008, with all original material. Another CD is already in the planning stage.
The EWOB Festival 2009 enjoyed beautiful weather, record-breaking attendance, and as always, excellent bands from all over Europe, alongside guest artists from the USA and Canada. Guests this year included White Mountain Bluegrass, Naomi Sommers with Phil Rosenthal, Mike Stevens & Raymond McLain (playing with JB’s Band), Tom Gray (also with JB’s Band), clawhammer banjo player Hunter Robertson, Fayssoux McLean Band, and the Phil Rosenthal Band.
EWOB 2009 is the apex of the EWOB Month, during which over 100 bluegrass-related festivals and concerts take place across Europe, our way of celebrating Worldwide Bluegrass Month. You can read much more about EWOB and the EWOB Festival 2009, and even listen to lots of great European bluegrass, by visiting our website – EWOB.