26 September 2019

News from IBMA's World of Bluegrass (updates)

Blue Summit: (l-r) Sullivan Tuttle, A.J. Lee, Jesse
Fichman, Chad Bowen

Back on 30 January the BIB carried the news that Blue Summit (USA), one of the ten international acts scheduled for the 2019 Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival, had received the Northern California Bluegrass Society's Best Bluegrass Band award, with A.J. Lee as Best Female Vocalist and Best Mandolin Player, and Sullivan Tuttle as Best Male Vocalist and Best Guitar Player.

John Lawless now reports on Bluegrass Today that in yesterday's Momentum Awards at IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC, A.J. Lee took the Vocalist of the Year award. Canada's Slocan Ramblers, who will be on tour here next month (22-27 Oct.), were playing as part of the Momentum Awards programme.

Update: See also this post from earlier this week on the Westport Festival Facebook. Good wishes are taking effect!

Update 27 Sept.: Mike Armistead, who was touring very recently in Ireland as a member of Leroy Troy & his Hillbilly Trio, has received the IBMA's Industry Award for Graphic Designer of the Year; see report and photos on Bluegrass Today. The splendid poster images Mike created for the Trio's tour can all be seen on the mygrassisblue.com website.

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