2020 Australian Bluegrass Scholarship Award

Pepita Emmerichs has been announced as this year’s recipient of the Australian Bluegrass Scholarship.

Bluegrass Parkway Left Us Wanting More

The show was the band’s first performance since the Covid isolation and had the feel of a reunion, even though they hadn’t broken up. It was also the re-opening of the venue, a combination of three hundred-year-old clubs in a purpose-built club room, which had only been open for a month before the closures.

Midnight Skyracer – Shadows of the Moon

Midnight Skyracer has released their new album Shadows On the Moon on Island Records. The album was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s Real World Studios in Wiltshire UK, is a scintillating mix of hard-driven bluegrass and mountain balladry, both edgy and infectious, tender and tough.

IBMA Conference To Go Virtual For 2020

The International Bluegrass Music Association has just announced that due to ongoing health concerns relating to COVID-19, and the logistical challenges of creating a safe in-person event experience, this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass will take place virtually.

Norway’s Buster Sledge – Spirit

From just above the arctic circle in Bodø, Norway to sunny Turlock in Central California - despite growing up in different cultures with an ocean...

Kristy Cox and Tommy Emmanuel – Finger Picking Good

Lifted from her acclaimed album No Headlights, Kristy Cox’s new single,
Finger Picking Good features Australian super star and two-time Grammy Award nominee, Tommy Emmanuel.

Australian Bluegrass News

Bluegrass Parkway Left Us Wanting More

Bluegrass Parkway Left Us Wanting More

The show was the band’s first performance since the Covid isolation and had the feel of a reunion, even though they hadn’t broken up. It was also the re-opening of the venue, a combination of three hundred-year-old clubs in a purpose-built club room, which had only been open for a month before the closures.

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Wirrina Festival Planning Still Underway

Wirrina Festival Planning Still Underway

The uncertainty of festival development in Australia continues with doubts about this year's Wirrina Festival in South Australia. Organisers have held off making a final decision with future movement across the country still unresolved. Some States have kept borders...

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Two New Jams For Western Australia

Two New Jams For Western Australia

Thanks to Tom Francas in the west, we have noted two new jam sessions on the scene in Western Australia. Hamilton Hill Tom's Bluegrass Slowjams These are on the last Thursday of each month, 7.30 - 9.30 (pm) at The Hub 6163. 1 Starling Street, Hamilton Hill....

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International News

World Bluegrass Day Video Presentations

World Bluegrass Day Video Presentations

Even though every 1st October is World Bluegrass Day, the mission is to celebrate, share and inspire others throughout the year to start listening to Bluegrass music, start playing an instrument or travel to the mountains to explore the roots of Bluegrass. The new...

Virtual Tours of Bluegrass Museum Now on Offer

Virtual Tours of Bluegrass Museum Now on Offer

Due to the global Covid-19 pandemic, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum has been closed to the public for over a month. In an effort to continue reaching bluegrass fans all over the world, the Hall of Fame has produced a virtual tour led by Executive...

Kruger Brothers Concert – MerleFest

Kruger Brothers Concert – MerleFest

Every year since 1997 The Kruger Brothers Band has performed Merlefest. This year is no exception, despite the fact that Merlefest 2020 is not happening as usual due to a virus spreading across the world. Despite the lockdown, the stark environment and the absence of...

New Releases

High Fidelity – Banjo Player’s Blues

High Fidelity – Banjo Player’s Blues

Banjo Player’s Blues is a showcase of the band’s love for tradition, brother duets, virtuosic instrumental innovators, well-crafted harmony, gospel music, and yes, banjos. The album is available today, and the group will celebrate its release tonight with an online event.

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Norway’s Buster Sledge – Spirit

Norway’s Buster Sledge – Spirit

From just above the arctic circle in Bodø, Norway to sunny Turlock in Central California - despite growing up in different cultures with an ocean between them the members of Buster Sledge have one important thing in common: a love for playing a wide array of American...

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IBMA News

New Members to IBMA Board

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the election of new members to its Board of Directors and the election of its officers for the next twelve months. The following members were elected or reelected to serve a three-year term commencing on Wednesday, June 10, 2020

IBMA Teams Up With Bluegrass Country Radio

IBMA Teams Up With Bluegrass Country Radio

IBMA has announced a new media partnership with Bluegrass Country Radio, supporting their efforts to share important updates on IBMA World of Bluegrass and other association programs and initiatives. Bluegrass Country Radio is America's oldest Bluegrass, Old Time, and...