01 July 2019

Big family: the story of bluegrass music

Thanks to the IBMA Foundation for the news that Kentucky Educational Television will be touring seven Kentucky cities from 13 July to 1 August, presenting previews of the feature-length (two-hour) documentary film Big family: the story of bluegrass music.

A brief introduction to the scope of the film, together with a three-and-a-half-minute trailer (well worth watching in itself), can be found here. Plenty of familiar faces can be seen, and some memorable quotes heard (sample: 'What we love about bluegrass, I think, is that explosive creativity' - Chris Thile). The film will be broadcast across the USA on PBS stations on Friday 30 August at 9.00 p.m.

Update 17 July: Read John Lawless's report on Bluegrass Today about the premiere of Big family - 'a masterpiece' - at Owensboro, KY, last weekend. John ends with 'be prepared to feel pride in the music you love'.

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