BBN-Set0215NormBritish Bluegrass News  is a quarterly magazine bristling with information on the British – and wider – bluegrass scenes. There are interviews and features; CD & Gig reviews; think pieces on the history and the future of the music and some instruction content. All this, as well as all the latest news for all members of the BBMA.

The magazine started as little more than a newsletter back in the 1970s and put together by Phil Morley, a subsequent founder member of the BBMA. It included Old Timey content alongside bluegrass.

In the future, I would hope to see the magazine as a definitive resource for all things bluegrass, not just in Britain, but also in Ireland and into mainland Europe. We are developing contacts and cooperation with bluegrass ‘activists’ around the continent, and hopefully, we can be mutually supportive in ever-increasing circles, through publications, publicising members’ CDs and gigs and encouraging attendance at festivals.

As Editor, I am open to any and all ideas when it comes to content. While it is a membership publication, I nonetheless want to make it a good read for the passer-by who happens to see the magazine at, say, a member’s house. So in that respect, I want it to reach out to the general reader, in which role I hope it can become a potential tool for recruitment.I would also like news of what Picking Sessions are happening around the country…do you organise/attend a session? Let me know and we’ll publicise it in the magazine, and on the website. And if you’re looking for a session in your area, then we’ll do our best to locate the nearest.

In addition, I’m especially eager to receive gig reviews– we are a national organization and I want the magazine to reflect that. However, I am based in the south east, and don’t typically get to gigs in the north east, let alone Scotland…either west or east. So, please,  if you have an idea for a review…if you’re attending a concert or a club, then don’t be shy, contact me and I will give you an immediate answer as to whether I’d like you to write it up for the BBN.

Metaphorically, my door is always open.

Trevor Hyett  Editor in Chief
Trevor can be contacted at  –  bbn@britishbluegrass.co.uk

5 thoughts on “Magazine

  • November 6, 2015 at 1:05 pm
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    dear sir, I have a friend who use to buy your magazine with info of the blue grass scene I America and the UK that he believes came from this Country which cost 15 pounds annually, who wishes now to buy your magazine, would appreciate if you can give him information regarding this matter, please contact my email address Goodwin83@btinternet.com and my friends address 45 Gartons Mead, Everceech Shepton Mallet Somerset ba46jh

  • December 15, 2015 at 9:35 pm
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    Hi – if you join the BBMA as an international member the British Bluegrass News will be posted to you every month.

    Best regards,
    Webmaster@britishbluegrass.co.uk

  • January 16, 2017 at 4:01 pm
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    Hi,
    Re: Banjo Teachers

    Is there a list of Banjo Teachers, as can’t find anyone near my postcode through the internet.
    I live between Daventry and Banbury. Northamptonshire/Oxfordshire borders.
    I m trying to learn Bluegrass from book but need a local teacher.
    My postcode is NN113YY
    Phone No: 01327 261269 or 078141 28688

  • March 8, 2017 at 9:59 pm
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    To The Features Editor:

    I am writing to pitch a story about Phat Bollard, a nomadic busking band from Cornwall, England. The group has received over 3 million views on YouTube and have been spotlighted on BBC Trending and BBC 6. Their socially relevant lyrics tell personal tales of homelessness, economic injustice, and the growing discontent with global politics, but point towards optimism via community, nature, and change. They have just released a new album Brew For The Barrowman, which is their fifth self-produced work.

    The band is unique in having three accomplished singer-songwriters. Stylistically, they play English folk with strong melodies and share a common musical vocabulary with American folk in their use of guitars, banjo, mandolin, washtub bass, and percussion. However, their scrappy, irreverent delivery is uniquely British. For more information, see their website here.

    By utilizing narrative interspersed with quotes from interviews, I aim to compare and contrast English and American folk music and to highlight a fantastic group who, while an underground sensation, remain relatively unknown. I am in direct contact with them via email and Skype. The article is ready for publication.

    I have worked as a journalist, photographer, and musician for over 23 years, and currently write about music for Elmore Magazine. I also produce 1st Place Radio, a podcast featuring in depth interviews with musicians and creatives. Recent guests include Phat Bollard with 1,744 listens, Lee Fields, (Grammy Winner) Fantastic Negrito, The Hackensaw Boys, Peter Case, The Felice Brothers, Les Claypool, and many more. I can send my resume and published writing samples. I would love to discuss this pitch and others with you soon.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Cobb

  • March 30, 2017 at 10:14 am
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    My husband died 2 years ago and I have a Stelling Red Fox Banjo to sell and also he was making a banjo before he became ill with cancer and I need to sell them together with cd’s books etc. I have no idea where to start and need some advice and someone kindly gave me your association. Would you please be able to set me in the right direction to dispose of these items I have the certificate of origin for the banjo.
    Thankyou for your time

    Rita McGregor

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