Bluegrass Stuff is one of the oldest bluegrass bands in Europe, having been active since 1977. The band's style is traditional, with a sound and approach that embraces the classic bluegrass of Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and the Stanley Brothers.
Bluegrass Stuff has performed all over Italy and Europe, gaining a strong following everywhere. The band has appeared at some of the major international festivals in Italy (Torino, Milano, Tradate, Brescia, Pescara), France (Toulouse, Craponne sur Arzon, La Roche sur Foron), Germany (Güglingen, Neusudende, Bühl), Switzerland (Basel, Münchwilen, Melide, Stetten, Deredinger, Olten, Schaffausen, Willisau, Thün, Albisgütli), Nederland (EWOB) sharing the stage with such major acts as Bluegrass Cardinals, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Country Gazette and Tim O' Brien.
Bluegrass Stuff has also played with bluegrass greats Peter Rowan, Kenny Baker, Josh Graves, Jim Eanes, Bill Keith, Jim Rooney, Randy Howard and has appeared many times on both local and national radio and TV programs. Bluegrass Stuff released several recordings and in 1995 produced "Golden Horn" the first italian bluegrass CD. The band was placed 1st at the audience award "Group of the Year" during the European Bluegrass Festival in Voorthuizen NL, the highlight of the European World of Bluegrass 2002. Bluegrass Stuff were awarded 1st place European Bluegrass Band of the Year at EWOB 2004 in Vöringer - Germany and at EWOB 2006 in La Roche sur Foron - FranceMore information: Bluegrass Stuff
The Jumper CablesOriginal acoustic music from the Czech Republic
The Jumper Cables came together to make music. Exploring the possibilities of their acoustic instruments to create compelling arrangements and powerful songs. The band's debut album Miner's Daughter was released in 2015. Since then, the band has constantly been working on new material, playing their music for people all around Europe.
- Tomáš Jabran
- Michal Wawrzycze
- Lukáš Ritter
- Michal Kunc
- Charles ZghanyMore Information: Jumper Cables
The Lonesome Wagoneers
The Lonesome Wagoneers are a Bluegrassband from the heart of Germany and have dedicated themselves to the original bluegrass of the 40s to 60s. Earthy, honestly and unadulterated, they reach and inspire the audience with harmony singing, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, guitar and bass. Even listeners who encounter this music live for the first time can be approached by the rhythm and attitude to life. Five men, five voices and five stringed instruments take the hearts of listeners on a journey to the roots of modern country and pop music. The journey takes you to the east of North America, to the vast plains of Kentucky, the blue mountains of the Appalachian Mountains, to the blues of the south and the Celtic melodies of Ireland. The bluegrass of the Lonesome Wagoneers merge cultures and traditions to a musical mix^, that simply makes you feel good.
- Björn Kunze – Mandolin, Vocals
- Hannes Lund – Guitar, Vocals
- Reto Kunze – Bass, Vocals
- Rolf Schild – Banjo, Vocals
- Steffen Dittmar – Fiddle, VocalsMore information: The Lonesome Wagoneers
The Looping Brothers
On the road alone in Europe and the USA, or as a backing band for American stars: The Looping Brothers can rightly be regarded as one of the outstanding bluegrass formations in Europe. Bluegrass was born out of folk, blues and old-time music in the Appalachian Mountains, in the southeastern United States. From there, it is now widespread all over the world. Today, bluegrass is an important and innovative influence of new North American folk music and is also finding a growing number of followers in Europe. Unlike electric, loud music and electronic pop, they rely on grounded and handmade music: As with jazz, virtuoso improvisations are sprinkled in by the acoustic instruments, but in the case of bluegrass they often rely on breakneck speed. Listeners can look forward to an authentically played American music, fine-tuned triple harmony paired with a dose of Westphalian humour!
- Ulli Sieker-lead - Vocals, mandolin, fiddle, guitar
- Matthias Malcher - Vocals, guitar, banjo
- Ralf Strotmann - Vocals, BassMore Information: The Looping Brothers
"Minnesota's Premier Bluegrass & Gospel Quintet"
Named in honor of Bill Monroe, “The Father of Bluegrass Music,” Monroe Crossing dazzles audiences with an electrifying blend of classic bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, and heartfelt originals. Their superb musicianship and on-stage rapport have entertained audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe.
Based in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Monroe Crossing plays an average of 150 shows a year in intimate rooms, at major venues, and outdoor festivals. They are favorites among bluegrass connoisseurs and non-bluegrass audiences alike. They love introducing newcomers to bluegrass music!
Monroe Crossing is made up of five very distinct personalities with differing musical backgrounds. When combined, their individual histories make for a very unique ensemble sound.
Because they met through the music of Bill Monroe, they like to say they had a “Monroe Crossing.”
Among their many honors, Monroe Crossing was awarded "Bluegrass Album of the Year" by the Minnesota Music Academy in 2003. In 2007, they were inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame. They have twice been selected to showcase at the annual “World of Bluegrass” convention hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and they have appeared twice at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2016, Monroe Crossing had the honor of being the first Minnesota bluegrass band to ever perform in South Korea.
Monroe Crossing has recorded 15 CDs to date. Their latest release is entitled, "Monroe Crossing Plays Classic Country." It is a collection of cover songs from the golden era of country music (1950s & '60s). Songs from George Jones, Ray Price, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash are brought back to life with bluegrass instrumentation and that special Monroe Crossing vocal blend.
Whether playing traditional bluegrass, bluegrass gospel, original bluegrass, or even songs outside the bluegrass genre, Monroe Crossing is one of the most active and most entertaining acts on the bluegrass scene today!
- Derek Johnson - Guitar, lead vocals
- Lisa Fuglie - Fiddle, Mandolin, Guitar, lead vocals
- Matt Thompson - Mandolin, Fiddle, harmony vocals
- Mark Anderson - Bass, Bass vocals
- David Robinson - Banjo, Dobro, Harmonica, Harmony vocalsMore information: Monroe Crossing
Rawhide is going into its 40th year of existence and has been renowned in Europe for stretching the boundaries of bluegrass towards other styles of music such as barbershop, classical, swing and pop. Their live shows combine a variety of tasteful instrumental and vocal music with lots of humour, both during and between the songs. A show with Rawhide is always special and different than with any other bluegrass band. With Rawhide you can expect the unexpected.
- Jeff Cardey: Mandolin
- Dirk Fonteyn: Fiddle
- Dimitri Laveren: Bass
- Dirk Peeraer: Dobro
- Thierry Schoysman: Banjo
- Bert Van Bortel: GuitarMore Information: Rawhide
Sacred Sounds Of Grass
The group Sacred Sounds Of Grass is the oldest active bluegrass band in Germany with its founding date of 1979. With its classic bluegrass sound, the group is also internationally regarded as the most authentic bluegrassBand traded outside the US. There was Sacred Sounds Of Grass on 3 tours, in 1989, 1990 and 1993, at renowned Bluegrass festivals frenetically celebrated. Their sound is characterized by vocal and instrumental perfection. The Gruppe can also look back on numerous live radio appearances and TV productions. Her skills have also often been proven as a backing band of US artists on tour. In 1998, Thilo was named the best banjo player in Europe in Vienna.
- Thilo Hain: Banjo, Vocals
- Sam Hain: Mandoline, Vocals
- Alfred Bonk: Kontrabass, Vocals
- Heiko Ahrend: Gitarre, VocalsMore Information: Sacred Sounds Of Grass