Welcome to the Secretary’s Slot – what I hope will become a regular feature in the magazine, and hopefully our web site. My aim will be to try and keep you in touch with the latest news – and what your committee is planning. Please bear in mind the quality off my journalism is suspect, and I’m inclined to ramble (so I’ve been told!). So … lots of stuff going on, some of it only available on our web site …. I hope that most of it will be of interest to you – our members.

Our finances have never been better! Much of this is due to the hard work of your Chair with his development of tour support. Current funds stand at over £17,000. Our membership is also looking really good, your membership secretary has helped boost our numbers to around the 400 mark – we have at least 28 band memberships …. a reflection on the number of us who also play and sing!

Sadly the proposed Summit on British Bluegrass has had to be put on hold – hopefully a temporary situation. We are also looking for help in terms of magazine production – our Chair is doing his best – producing an excellent magazine, but also has to contend with the pressure of several other jobs at the same time! On the good news front we now have a sub editor (Chris Couragen) who is based in the USA.

Long term news is that we hope to update the web site, to include some of our revised policies. The BBMA does offer a lot of opportunities – which we need to list as we publish the new conditions. So to give you an idea of what we are looking at, all of the following are available to our members.

  • Sponsorship for students attending Bluegrass Courses – this one is currently under review, and we hope to have the new conditions posted on our web site.
  • We loan money to Bands who want to record an album.
  • We will provide start up grants for new venues.
  • We will subsidise Bands to play at Festivals who don’t normally have any Bluegrass.
  • Should you require funding for anything Bluegrass ….. you can apply with the details and your committee will give it their full attention. Remember if you don’t ask you don’t get! Our current Festival Discount scheme for members will run as usual for the next years festivals.

In an effort to tell more people about us and what we do, the next AGM will also be open to non members. Obviously should there be a need to vote on any topic, then only members votes will be counted.

So – also landed on my desk is a list of touring bands and musicians from the USA. Many of these are here with BBMA work permits, but not all! I can’t remember a time when there have been so many all at once! Several of us on your committee are also involved in promoting these bands at our local venues, and festivals. So in an effort to keep you informed …. I list below the gigs that have landed on my desk! The exact tour dates will be posted on the BBMA site. Please do confirm the gigs with the venues before you set off to travel – we do our best to be accurate, but I have been known to make mistakes!

TOUR DATES – DON’T FORGET TO CHECK WITH VENUES!

Mile Twelve USA
Award winning young bluegrass band from Boston, USA
UK tour dates now confirmed
Thu, 14/03/2019
Maidenhead
Norden Farm Centre for the Arts

Fri, 15/03/2019
Farnham
Sands Room Sessions

Sat, 16/03/2019
Sheffield
The Greystones

Sun, 17/03/2019
Shrewsbury
The Hive

Mon, 18/03/2019
Hexham
Queen’s Hall Arts Centre

Tue, 19/03/2019
Frodsham
Helsby Bluegrass Club – contact us for details

Wed, 20/03/2019
London
Green Note

Thu, 21/03/2019
Lowestoft
Seagull Theatre

Fri, 22/03/2019
Spalding
South Holland Centre

Sat, 23/03/2019
Selby
Selby Town Hall

Sun, 24/03/2019
Saltaire
The Live Room

Molly Tuttle – USA Guitarist
APR 10 WED
Kitchen Garden Café
Birmingham, United Kingdom
APR 11 THU
Night & Day Cafe
Manchester, United Kingdom

APR 12 FRI
Bristol Folk House
Bristol, United Kingdom

APR 13 SAT
St. Lawrence Church
Biddulph, United Kingdom

APR 14 SUN
The Stables
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

APR 16 TUE
The Lexington
London, United Kingdom

APR 17 WED
The Forge at the Anvil
Basingstoke, United Kingdom

APR 18 THU
The Greystones
Sheffield, United Kingdom

APR 19 FRI
Live Room
Saltaire, United Kingdom

APR 20 SAT
Sage Gateshead
Gateshead, United Kingdom

Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers USA
Monday 2nd September 2019 – The Square Tower Portsmouth
Tuesday 3rd September 2019 – The Square Tower Portsmouth

Tony Furtado & Ron Block USA
Wed, 01/05/2019 Southport The Atkinson (Grateful Fred presents)
Thu, 02/05/2019 Llandeilo, South Wales Angel Inn (Llandeilo Acoustic)
Fri, 03/05/2019 Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire Under the Edge Arts
Sat, 04/05/2019 Congleton, Cheshire Crossover Festival
Sun, 05/05/2019 Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Mon, 06/05/2019 Sheffield Greystones
Tue, 07/05/2019 Kendal Unitarian Chapel
Wed, 08/05/2019 Stirling Tolbooth
Thu, 09/05/2019 Hexham Queen’s Hall Arts Centre
Fri, 10/05/2019 Rhydycroesau nr Oswestry Rhydycroesau Village Hall
Sat, 11/05/2019 Quatt nr Bridgnorth Quatt Village Hall
Sun, 12/05/2019 Chidham near Chichester Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall

I’m With Her USA
Tuesday 19 March 2019
I’m With Her
with Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, and 1 other
Hackney Empire, London, UK

John Reischman and the Jaybirds USA
Wed, 01/05/2019  Chidham, Chichester Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall
Thu, 02/05/2019  Fleet, Hampshire Albert Social Club (see Sands Room Page)
Fri, 03/05/2019  Filey, North YorkshireEvron Centre (Filey Folk Festival)
Sat, 04/05/2019  Castle DouglasCrossmichael Memorial Hall
Sun, 05/05/2019  EdinburghThe Traverse (TradFest)
Tue, 07/05/2019  FrodshamHelsby Bluegrass Club (contact us for details)
Wed, 08/05/2019  Manorbier, Pembs Manorbier Community Hall
Thu, 09/05/2019  SwanseaTaliesin Arts Centre
Fri, 10/05/2019  Worth MatraversSquare and Compass
Sat, 11/05/2019  IpswichOrwell Bluegrass Festival
Sun, 12/05/2019  LondonGreen Note

Look out for Blue Summit, Man About A Horse, Front Country, Nava, The Slocan Ramblers, Newberry & Verch – dates posted on web site as soon as I get them! ENJOY!

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