THINKING OF TOURING IN IRELAND?
[Last update 8 Mar. 2015]
Here is a link to a detailed four-page memo, 'Thinking of touring in Europe?', produced by the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA).
The original version of this document was compiled from contributions by two distinguished leaders of American bluegrass bands with considerable experience of touring in Ireland.
The early draft has since been comprehensively rewritten and expanded by Kevin Lynch of the EBMA to apply to Europe in general, but all the advice holds good for anyone considering a band tour in Ireland.
We also strongly recommend two articles on Bluegrass Today by singer, writer, guitarist, bandleader, and broadcaster Chris Jones (USA): 'International man of bluegrass' and 'International touring dos and don'ts'. Chris has toured a lot in Europe (though not yet, unfortunately, in Ireland), and his articles are both sound advice and good reading.
Venues: as a means of identifying venues favourable to bluegrass and old-time music, check the BIB calendar and calendar archive to get an impression of where touring bands have played in the last couple of years.
(1) On 18 Feb. the BIB published 'For visiting bands - finding places to play', which supplements the information above.
(2) A major additional resource: on 2 Oct. 2014 a seminar on 'Gigging through Europe' was held at IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC, with a panel comprising Greg Cahill, Amy Gallatin, Chris Jones, Chris Keenan, and Kathy Kallick, chaired by Angelika Torrie, who is chairperson of the European Bluegrass Music Association and IBMA's International board member. See the advance notice on the EBMA website. (A photo of panel members heads the IBMA's 'Business conference' web page). Apply to the IBMA for a record of the proceedings.
Richard Hawkins, BIB editor
Originally posted 2010; updated June 2012; further updated March 2015