19 March 2015

Chasing Quicksilver round Europe

Thanks to our good friend Walter Fuchs, director and MC of the International Bühl Bluegrass Festival at Bühl/Baden, Germany, for the above image of the flyer cover for this year's 13th Bühl Festival (15-16 May). The BIB confidently recommends Bühl (on the edge of the Black Forest) as a delightful place to visit, especially during Festival time. Walter points out that George Baehr & Baehr Tracks (D) will not be appearing as shown, owing to George's illness; their place will be taken instead by Growling Old Men (USA). Anyone who recalls George as fiddler with Andy Glandt's Fox Tower Bluegrass Band, who toured in Ireland in the late '90s, will wish him a speedy recovery.

May 2015 will in fact be one of the busiest months we can remember for tours in Ireland by visiting artists in bluegrass, old-time, and related music, not to mention home-grown talent. But if you're going to be on the Continent in May, the Bühl Festival is one of the possible places to catch Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Another is the Gulpener Bluegrass Festival in Utrecht (NL), run by Joost van Es of 4 Wheel Drive - though while there you might be tempted to stay in the Netherlands for the European World of Bluegrass Festival (14-16 May). The complete DL&Q tour schedule is:

Wed. 13th: Der Club, Hülsbecker Straße 16, Heiligenhaus, Germany, 8.00 p.m.
Thurs. 14th: Gulpener Bluegrass Festival, De Parel van Zuilen, Mayor Norbruislaan 17, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Fri. 15th: Seelax Festival, Bregenz, Austria
Sat. 16th: International Bühl Bluegrass Festival, Bühl/Baden, Germany
Sun. 17th: Haus der Kultur, Braunauer Straße 10, Waldkraiburg, Germany, 8.00 p.m.
Mon. 18th: Pyramida Hotel, Bělohorská 24, Prague, Czrch Republic, 8.00 p.m.
Wed. 20th: Burgerhaus Sprendlingen, Fichtestraße 50, Dreieich, Germany, 8.00 p.m.
Thurs. 21st: Burger-und Kulturhaus Klosterhof, Tübinger Str. 5-7, Kusterdingen, Germany, 8.00 p.m.
Fri. 22nd: Zehntscheuer, Green Tower-Straße 30, Ravensburg, Germany, 8.00 p.m.
Sat. 23rd: Spring Bluegrass Festival, Willisau, Switzerland
Sun. 24th: Spring Bluegrass Festival, Willisau, Switzerland (morning gospel show)

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