28 June 2013

News in brief

A mixed bag of news from outside Ireland:

The FOAOTMAD news blog has a lot of interesting news this week, ranging from the lineup for next weekend's North Wales Bluegrass Festival (including 4 Wheel Drive, Kidnap Alice, and many, many more) to a chance to save the Asian vulture AND win an English-made gourd banjo at the same time. See and hear the banjo via this link.


ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass, the premier bluegrass online instruction medium, sends this link to a recording of 'Banjo Live', Tuesday's live online workshop with Tony Trischka and special guest Bill Evans - an hour of impromptu performances, techniques, and tips for banjo players from the two masters.

ArtistWorks also offers full membership in Tony's Online School at a 20% discount for three months' unlimited access with a full 30-day money-back guarantee, but this offer will close on 30 June 2013.


Today (28 June) the legendary Seldom Scene perform at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, giving a preview of their upcoming Smithsonian Folkways album Longtime… Seldom Scene. Current band members join with former members John Starling and Tom Gray in a fine rendition of 'Through the bottom of the glass' in Ben Eldridge’s living room, which is accessible here and on Bluegrass Today. More info about the band and today's show is here.


Good news from Compass Records, a great label for Celtic music as well as for many leading bluegrass performers: CDs released this year are available at a 20% discount. Read the full details here. Homespun also continue to offer bargains from their unrivalled catalogue of instructional videos, DVDs, and downloads.


C. Paul Lyttle sends a link to the revised programme for this September's Moniaive Michaelmas Bluegrass Festival in Scotland, which has always had a strong Irish presence. Owing to the much regretted death of Chris Twomey of the Lee Valley String Band earlier this year, the place of the LVSB in the programme will be taken by east Ulster's Broken String Band. Paul says: 'We look forward to welcoming them back to Moniaive, where they were such a big hit at our first festival in 2009.'

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