17 March 2015

Coastline Bluegrass Music Event, North Wales, 29-31 May 2015

Thanks to the Coastline Bluegrass Music Event for news of the 2015 Event (29-31 May) to be held at the Royal International Pavilion in Llangollen, North Wales - very accessible from Ireland.

The Event is known for booking outstanding bands from the Continent, and this year the headliners are Ruben & Matt and the Truffle Valley Boys (above) from Italy. The band comprises Ruben Minuto (guitar, vocals), Matt Ringressi (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Germano Ciavone (banjo, vocals), Denny Rocchio (dobro, vocals), and Ignazio Sanfilippo (double bass, vocals). Their Facebook lists their influences as Buzz Busby, Red Allen, Lilly Brothers, Larry Richardson, Reno & Smiley, Jimmie Williams & Red Ellis, Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, Al Jones, Vern Williams, and Flatt & Scruggs - all of which should attract the attention of all hard-core bluegrass fans, and substantiates the Event's claim that:

They’ll take you back to the way bluegrass music sounded in the early 50s - unadulterated, raw and authentic.

British outfits on the bill include Baker's Fabulous Boys, Blossom Hill, Grass Snakes, Kentucky Cow Tippers, the Whitefern Mountain String Band, and the Appalachian dance troupe Leap To Your Feet. More details are on the website, where the Event has an impressive list of UK newspaper accolades for best festival, and a statement: 'Our aim is to encourage the playing of acoustic instruments by all ages and abilities through workshops and concerts.'

Update 18 Mar.: Thanks again to the Coastline for this link to a video montage of the bands on stage at the 2014 Event, including the New Essex Bluegrass Band and the Jaywalkers (of whom there will be vivid memories of their work at festivals in this island last year), Nos Sadwrn Fach from Wales, a red-hot number from the Bluegrass Playboys (Norway), and Belgium's award-winning Sons of Navarone.

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