01 August 2022

Eberhard Finke, 1943-2022

The BIB editor writes:

I learn from Richard Thompson, with great regret, of the death of Eberhard Finke (right), one of the prime movers of bluegrass music in Germany and beyond. Meeting Eberhard and his wife Monika at bluegrass events in Europe was always a pleasure for me and Carol, and we are especially sorry to hear that his death came after a long period of illness. He played an important part in the founding years of the European Bluegrass Music Association (EBMA), and this tribute appears on the EBMA Facebook:

It is great sadness that the passing been announced of Eberhard Finke. A kind and warm hearted man, and one of the staunchest supporters of European bluegrass.
He was a good friend and host to numerous touring musicians and bands, as well as being the founder of the German bluegrass magazine
Bluegrass Buhne.
Condolences from the entire bluegrass community to Monika and to all his family.

Thanks again to Richard Thompson for this link to the obituary and tribute on Bluegrass Today by Mark Stoffel, who toured Ireland in 2018 as mandolinist with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. A further tribute has been posted on the German Bluegrass Music Association Facebook.

© Richard Hawkins

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