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The 23 String Band CD Release Party at Headliners in Louisville

23 String BandLouisville, Ky -- The 23 String Band will celebrate the release of their second album Catch 23 with a CD Release Party at Headliners Music Hall in Louisville, KY, on Sept. 16 at 9PM (doors at 8). Admission is $10. Call 502-584-8088 or click www.HeadlinersLouisville.com for more information.

Ireland's Bluegrass Singer/Songwriter Niall Toner's Single 'William Smith Monroe' at #1 on AirPlay Direct

Niall TonerNashville, TN -- The leader of the Niall Toner Band from Ireland is still celebrating his music reaching the number one download spot on the bluegrass and folk charts for AirPlay Direct, an extraordinary achievement for a songwriter based in Ireland. As a result, Niall Toner Band has been enjoying an ever-increasing amount of air play on American Radio. Niall's songs about Bill Monroe, Bill Monroe's Mandolin and The Master's Resting Place, are proving most popular with Radio DJs and listeners in this year of Monroe's Centenary.

Bela Fleck's World Premiere of 'Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra' Sept 22 - 24

Bela FleckNashville, TN -- Béla Fleck will present the world premiere of his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra — one of the first ever written for the instrument — with the Nashville Symphony on September 22-24 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To be performed by Fleck on his vintage 1937 mahogany Gibson Mastertone banjo, the Concerto marks a significant new departure for Fleck, who calls the piece "a liberating experience for my efforts as a composer and hopefully for the banjo as well." Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra will be the centerpiece of the orchestra’s opening concerts in the 2011/12 SunTrust Classical Series.

Bluegrass Museum's Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration This Month

Bill MonroeBy Garian VigilSpeaking of the Bill Monroe Centennial, don't forget that 15 members of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame will perform with their respective bands during the International Bluegrass Music Museum's Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration, September 12, 13 & 14, 2011! The 3-day celebration takes place at the Bluegrass Museum and RiverPark Center's Cannon Hall, next door to the Museum in Owensboro, Ky. There are a ton of events, exhibits and special presentations planned, so be sure to check out the Museum's web site at www.bluegrassmuseum.org . And if you're on Facebook, there is a special event page for the Centennial at www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=178586178821244 in addition to the Museum's official FB page at www.facebook.com/BluegrassMuseum (please "like" it if you haven't yet!). Read on for more info on all of the exciting plans for the Centennial.

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper Live at the Grand Ole Opry

Michael Cleveland and FlamekeeperEight time Fiddle Player of the Year and four time Instrumental Group of the Year Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper will be performing live at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee on Saturday, September 3rd at 7 PM. Fiddler Michael Cleveland brings dynamic traditional bluegrass to the stage with his award-winning band, Flamekeeper, in a show that will leave the audience talking. An eight-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association's Fiddle Performer of the Year award, Mike and his talented band present a program of tight vocal trios and duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets that echo the first-generation stars of bluegrass. The show is rounded out with Mike's dry wit and the band's sense of fun

A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor Celebrates Bill Monroe with Special Blue Grass Boys Performance

Bill MonroeMurray, KY -- A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor will honor the life of Bill Monroe with a special performance on Saturday, November 5th at Murray State University's CFSB Center in Murray, KY. The performance will feature an impressive lineup of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys performing Monroe's music and sharing stories of life on the road with the legendary artist.

Larkins Family Bluegrass Band Cheers Up the Carter Fold Sept 24th

The LarkinsHiltons, VA -- The Larkins Family - Lowell, Barbara, Shaunna, and Tina - are from Church Hill, Tennessee, but they now have a second home in Nashville, Tennessee. Third-generation musicians Shaunna and Tina were reared on the musical tradition of northeast Tennessee. Saturday, September 24th, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia, will present a concert by the Larkins Family bluegrass band. Admission to the concert is $7 for adults, $1 for children 6 to 11, under age 6 free.

Scotland's Linlithgow Folk Festival Kicks Off September 7th

Linlithgow Folk FestivalLinlithgow, Scotland -- The annual Linlithgow Folk Festival gets underway on Wednesday, September 7th. This year's five-day celebration of traditional music, dance and song promises to be the biggest yet, with more than 30 indoor and outdoor events, from concerts and ceilidhs to musical cruises on the Union Canal.

Buddy Holly: 75 and Timeless

Buddy HollyLos Angeles, CA /PRNewswire/ -- September 7, 2011, marks the 75th birthday of the great Buddy Holly. In only 18 months, from when Buddy Holly and the Crickets hit the charts with their first release, "That'll Be The Day," to when he died in a tragic plane crash, Holly topped the charts with more than 27 Top 40 hits worldwide, with "That'll Be The Day" going to No. 1. Even after his death, Holly went to No. 1 with "It Doesn't Matter Anymore." From rock to country to R&B, Holly's songs have charted consistently for more than 50 years, proving that his music and his influence continue today. Brian Wilson said it simply: "Buddy Holly is unique... his music matters because it is timeless."

Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show to be Televised

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The 10th annual Americana Music Association's Honors and Award Show at the Ryman Auditorium will be broadcast live Thursday October 13th on Nashville Public Television (NPT Channel 8) to the Middle Tennessee viewing area. Confirmed to attend include Jim Lauderdale, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Gregg Allman, Elizabeth Cook, Hayes Carll, The Secret Sisters, Justin Townes Earle, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Civil Wars and many more.

Latest IBMA Survey Yields Interesting Results

International Bluegrass Music AssociationThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has just conducted another survey of their membership. The new survey included some new and better questions that also yielded some new and interesting results. While the question options were not visible for all the questions, for those that were there, an interesting picture evolved.

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Liz Meyer Loses 10 Year Battle with Cancer

Liz MeyerOn August 26th, American songwriter, Liz Meyer known throughout the European bluegrass music community lost her battle with cancer. She was an avid bluegrass singer, songwriter and an active participant with the European Bluegrass Associations and the European version of the World of Bluegrass. Liz Meyer was based in the Netherlands and her songs are often more well known here than her own recordings. Of course, the songs are excellent and "Blue Lonesome Wind" was the featured title cut on an album by Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau, and another song, "Bad Seed" is featured on a recent Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum album.

2011 Sandwich Fair Fiddle Contest Part of 124 Year Fair

Sandwich Fair 2011The 124th Andwich Fair takes place at 6 PM Wednesday September 7, 2011 in Sandwich, Illinois. This Sandwich fair is over a century old and still continuing and runs 5 days beginning September 7th. Immediately following the Ashton Gap musical performance, will be the fiddle contest. All ages are welcome to enter with three separate age divisions, which include children through adult. The purse for the contest totals over $800.00, and the entry fee is free with the purchase of a fair ticket. The contest is considered to be traditional fiddle music as opposed to classical, jazz, pop or rock. Traditional styles include Irish, French, Cajun, other National/Ethnic styles, Country, and Bluegrass.

Sierra Hull Performs Free Concerts at ICA/Kendall Square Sept 1st

Sierra HullBerklee College of Music's Summer in the City series continues with two free outdoor concerts by Sierra Hull and Highway 111. Hull, 19, is a Berklee student and bluegrass mandolin prodigy who signed to Rounder Records at age 13, and has performed with Alison Krauss and other top musicians. The concerts take place on Thursday, September 1 at noon in Kendall Square, 300 Athenaeum Street, in Cambridge; and 6 p.m. at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Putnam Investment Plaza, 100 Northern Avenue, in Boston.

Jerusalem Ridge Bluegrass Celebration Named One of the Top Events in America

Jerusalem Ridge 2011Top Events USA identifies what they consider the top events in the United States in various categories. One of those categories is the state category and Kentucky State page lists the Jerusalem Ridge festival and a top attraction. They go on and profile the festival with a nicely written article.

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