Details of the 5th Bristol Bluegrass Day have been announced.
The event will take place on Saturday March 2nd at the Bristol Folk House, Park Street.
Bands appearing include The Hogranch, The Carrivick Sisters, The Morris Boys, The Catherine Burke Band and Flats and Sharps.
There will be workshops during the morning for fiddle and guitar, led by Laura and Charlotte Carrivick. The afternoon will have an open mic followed by a jam session, before the main concert begins at 6.15pm.
Full details and ticket prices can be found on the event flyer.
The Grass Snakes are a new British band, formed as an offshoot from the South Wales group Roots and Galoots.
The band line-up is Roland Emmanuel, mandolin and vocals; Matt Gryspeerdt, fiddle and vocals; Martin Blake, banjo and vocals; Rob Strafford, guitar and vocals and Barry Cook, double bass and vocals.
They promise “an exciting mix of bluegrass classics and other material, using traditional bluegrass instrumentation of fiddle, banjo, guitar, Mandolin, double bass and 3/4 part harmony vocal, delivered in the high, lonesome way.”
The group will be playing their second gig at The Prince Albert, Rodborough, Stroud on Friday 18th January. For more info, see their Facebook event page.
The Down County Boys are hosting a Christmas show on Saturday 29th December.
The gig will be at the band’s regular haunt of The Lady Jane in Whitwick, Leicestershire and will feature special guests The Duffy Brothers.
The music kicks off at 8.30pm, but as it’s expected to be a very busy night, the band encourage you to arrive early for a good seat. As always, admission will be free and, as this is a Christmas party night, there will
be mince pies all round.
The next Little Opry will be this Saturday, November 24th.
The evening of music is hosted by Native Grass and this month will feature The Allen Family Band, the duo Now and Then, an open mic and more.
It takes place at the Tom Thumb Theatre, Cliftonville, Margate, with doors and bar open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are £6.50 and more information is available on 01843 221791 or at the Little Opry website.
It is with huge regret and sadness that Thunderbridge Bluegrass Boys have announced that they are to cease playing together. Their last gig is scheduled for 8th December at their old stomping ground, Wellington Arts Centre.
The decision comes as the band finishes their seventh year playing their own brand of UK bluegrass. Many miles have been travelled, many gigs have been played, they still are, and will remain great friends who have achieved a great deal together. With other commitments increasingly hindering valuable band time, it has been decided that the band needs a break.
There will always be the possibility that they’ll get together again in the future, but as a great songwriter once said…”A rest is as good as a change”.
The band wish to pass on their thanks to all the friends and followers they have throughout the UK, and beyond, and for all the support they have been given since their first concert together in 2005.
We would like to wish all the best to the band members who have been some of the biggest supporters of ukbluegrass.com since the site was launched in 2006.