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Old 12-18-2007, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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Hi to anyone out there. Can anyone offer me some advice/information please? I live in North East Scotland and my husband and I would dearly love to go to America for a holiday and experience bluegrass and country music in live situations - if I could get to jam along with my fiddle I would be seriously happy! We believe that Kentucky might be a great place to do this - any ideas or help would give us a start and would be really appreciated. I am madly keen on folk and country music - Scottish, Irish, American, Cape Breton.
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:39 PM
 
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Hi to anyone out there. Can anyone offer me some advice/information please? I live in North East Scotland and my husband and I would dearly love to go to America for a holiday and experience bluegrass and country music in live situations - if I could get to jam along with my fiddle I would be seriously happy! We believe that Kentucky might be a great place to do this - any ideas or help would give us a start and would be really appreciated. I am madly keen on folk and country music - Scottish, Irish, American, Cape Breton.
Your post proves what I have been saying for a long time....Louisville needs to set up a tourist district based on bluegrass bars and borubon. Currently, not many exist. I am sorry to say, but Nashville is likely a better bet for you to hear lots of live country and bluegrass. There is a decent bluegrass scene in Louisville, and obviously KY, where the genre originated, but the live music venues for it are not as numerous as Nashville. Still, I hope you come to check out the urban treasures in Louisville with its history and architecture as well as the surrounding bourbon and horse country in central KY which is as beautiful as the rolling hills of Scotland! If you need any advice on where to stay/what to do in Louisville, please feel free to PM me.
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Old 12-19-2007, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Pendleton County, KY
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Not sure when you're planning to come, but the biggest bluegrass festival in the state is the annual Festival of the Bluegrass, which is held at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington. The next one is scheduled for June 2008. You can find more information at this site: http://www.festivalofthebluegrass.com/Home.html (broken link)

You can also look for other festivals and events at the following site: http://www.kentuckytourism.com/touri...ACHEHINT=Guest

Just choose the dates you want and select "music" from the Interests menu.

Hope you enjoy your visit.
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Old 12-19-2007, 06:30 PM
 
Location: Dayton, OH
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Do they still have that fiddlers contest over at Falls of Rough (or is it at Rough River State Park), during July?

Yep they sure do!

http://www.kentuckyfiddler.com/

Another good place to visit is Owensboro as they have that Bluegrass Musuem there, which is a nice little museum for that style of music.

http://www.bluegrass-museum.org/

Owensboro is an easy trip from Louisville, and you can stop off for some of the local specialty barbeque there before you head back to the city.

Another day trip, but north of Louisville, would be to Bean Blossom Indiana for the annual festival there.

http://www.beanblossom.com/

Lousiville would be a good base to see these various things.
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:32 PM
 
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Default You can do it in Louisville i'd say.

They have a Bluegrass Jam on Wednesday nights at a pub called, "The Bluegrass Brewing Company," or BBC in the highlands. Lots of yummy beers and american style pub grub Also, and I can't remember which night, there is an open mic jam with many talented regulars at a bar in old Louisville called, The Rudyard Kipling. I am an amateur musician and I miss being in the fertile picking grounds of Louisville. I think you'll have a good time if you come, and you will be appreciated as Louisvillle is not really considered a tourist destination, although I can't imagine why not, being from there.

http://www.bbcbrew.com/whathappening.php (broken link)

Also, someone asked a similar question and there were a number of good bars and pubs listed as replies.

//www.city-data.com/forum/louis...stic-folk.html
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Old 12-20-2007, 08:58 AM
 
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If you're going to be in the Louisville area, I would peruse the website of the IBMA's Louisville's chapter:
http://www.bluegrass-anonymous.org/i...d=24&Itemid=33

for Louisville-based pickin' parties and jams. Also, you should definitely plan to attend a Bluegrass Festival. They are usually multi-day events, with several simulataneous stages, and lots of people, young and old, who hang out on the lawn to chat, enjoy tons of great music, jam, shop from local vendors, camp out, and eat. In KY, one of the best festivals was the one mentioned above by Rural Guy - the Festival of the Bluegrass. We also like Poppy Mountain (Morehead) and ROMP (Owensboro). For more KY based Bluegrass festivals, see http://www.bluegrassfestivalguide.com/ky.htm .

In the Lexington/Bluegrass region, another great place to go would be a recording of the Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour: http://www.woodsongs.com/wotrh.html (broken link) where a variety of bluegrass and folk music favorites perform in an intimate setting for the Woodsongs broadcast. In the meantime, you can listen to their broadcasts via PodCast or their online Listening Room : http://www.woodsongs.com/woodsongs-podcast.html (broken link)

KY certainly has a lot of strong roots in Bluegrass and still has some of the strongest authentic influences, plus the gorgeous scenery really sets the tone for the music. However, you can certainly find good Bluegrass outside of KY, as well. So, if you're open to more travels I would highly suggest the IBMA's Bluegrass Fan Fest in Nashville, or the awesome MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC. At both you'll find many well-known artists performing next to yet-unknown up-and-coming performers, paired with classes, workshops, and open jam sessions that go well into the night with some of the best in the business.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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Default Thanks to you all

Thanks to you all for taking the time to answer my query - we will research further using this info and get ourselves organised to come stay - I can't wait!! Thanks again. Jeanfiddler from North East Scotland
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Old 01-02-2008, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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I wish we would get a bluegrass radio station here, I am suprised we don't have one.
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Old 01-02-2008, 05:00 PM
 
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I wish we would get a bluegrass radio station here, I am suprised we don't have one.
Start one! also, has anyone ever talked to the mayor about creating live music venues downtown based on bluegrass music? It would be a hit with tourists...Louisville should "play" off some of Nashville's success with country!
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Old 01-02-2008, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Kentucky
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LOL STX I don't know the first thing about radio stations. What I don't get is that Cinci has a Bluegrass station and we don't?
As far as live, I think that the Belle plays it on weekends in the summer.
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