13 December 2011

Bluegrass and old-time music in Britain: on video

Thanks to John Breese in Britain for news of his 26½-minute video documentary 'Bluegrass & old-time: an exploration of the music in the UK', produced as part of his Master's course at Southampton University, with support from the British Bluegrass Music Association. You can watch it here; it is one of the videos on the Bath Bluegrass School's YouTube channel.

There's plenty of music throughout, either on the soundtrack or from footage of individual musicians or jams, but the video is not primarily meant to be a showcase for bands or festivals. Space is deservedly given to the Sore Fingers Summer Schools, one of Britain's main gifts to the bluegrass world. Major figures from bluegrass and old-time music in Britain can be seen and heard giving their views on the scene, how they came to it, and where it is going. Anyone in touch with the scene in Britain will see familiar faces here (including one eminent US musician who has often played in Ireland).

The BIB cordially recommends this video - and, incidentally, wonders what the chances are of an equivalent production for this island...

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