There are a couple of UK picking weekends / days coming up this month.
The first of these is the Glebe Farm Bluegrass And Beyond weekend – see https://pickerpower.co.uk for more details. Sadly for those of you who haven’t got tickets already, it’s currently sold out.
At the end of the month there is a picking day on Saturday August 28th at the Junction Pub in Rainford – see junctionpubrainford.co.uk/whatson for details of this event.
Following a wonderful return to festivals with Battlefield last week, there is another event to look forward to at the end of the month. Banjo in the Holler is a relaxed day of Bluegrass and Old Time jamming in Holmbury St Mary, Dorking, RH5 6PG on Sunday August 29th. Check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BanjoInTheHoller for more details.
Just two weeks to go until the first bluegrass festival of the year, and the first festival since the pandemic arrived last year!
BattleField Bluegrass Festival opens on Thursday July 22nd at Naseby, Northhants, and runs through to Sunday night – see https://www.battlefieldbluegrass.co.uk/ for more details of location, pricing, and of course the bands that are playing. The BBMA tent will be on site, so stop by and say hello, and hopefully pick some tunes with us.
Now that we are tentatively re-emerging to socialising it is great to see that Battlefield Bluegrass Festival, Purbeck Festival, Clyro Court, Sore Fingers, Sweet Sunny South and Banjo in the Holler are going ahead. Apologies to others which I will have missed here. We wish you all the best of luck and look forward to seeing friends, many of whom we will not have met for two years. I know from my involvement with Didmarton festival the risks which these organisers are taking and the huge amount of extra work they are having to undertake to keep us all safe.
The BBMA has funded three young students for Sore Fingers Summer Schools going ahead in October. We take great pride in our involvement and sponsorship, as usual. We also have sponsored music competitions with prizes at Naseby.
I have been guilty on a personal level of not playing much at all. Yes, we’ve joined in with various musical zoom and recorded events but nothing is quite the same as ‘doing it live’ with newcomers and friends. Also of course we’ve greatly missed the concerts, large and small, which are so difficult to put on even in normal times. I am off to my first session for a very long time next week and greatly looking forward to it, even though we will be in a marquee outside a local pub!
If you can get to any events in your area, do try to support them. It’s been so difficult for everybody so let’s go party …. Carefully of course!
See you somewhere soon I hope.