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Covered Grass – Toogaroo – Great Bluegrass CD “Made…

Germany’s most successful bluegrass band Covered Grass has just release the new CD Toogaroo. Last year Covered Grass could present their program at the IBMA in Nashville. After the IBMA event Covered Grass went on to Los Angeles where they played their song “Goodbye Johnboy” during the special event “40 Years The Waltons”. The journey to Nashville and Los Angeles was filmed and is also available as a DVD.

Covered Grass have previously released several CDs, but Toogaroo is the first CD that does only contain songs composed by singer Corinna Aurin and banjo player Volker Fisher.

This is the official video of the titel song Toogaroo – Volker Fisher has made a great animation video:


Now available on iTunes, Amazon and many others: The new CD by German bluegrass band Covered Grass, called “Toogaroo”. It contains 13 original songs written by singer Corina Aurin and banjoist Volker Fisher. More information on www.covered-grass.de

Covered Grass – Good Night John-Boy – The Waltons

Bluegrass tribute to the famous tv-series from the early 70s – written and performed by Covered Grass. “The Waltons” ran weekly on German television and the goodnight ritual at the end of each episode was the inspiration to this song.

Last weekend Covered Grass has played a show at a fest in Waldkraiburg, five videos from this show are available at youtube, here as an example the great song abaut a Rainy Sunday:

Covered Grass ~ Rainy Sunday

Covered Grass beim Stadtfest in Waldkraiburg, 15. Juni 2013

Playlist Covered Grass – Toogaroo

Additional Information

Bluegrass Today about Toogaroo: http://bluegrasstoday.com/toogaroo-from-covered-grass/

Covered Grass – Hillbilly Boogie – Rainer Zellner – Toogaroo; Interview with the bad (German) including 3 songs:



Laura-Beth Salter (Mandolin) – New CD “Breathe” – Jenn…

On tumblr I have found the announcement of a new CD by Laura-Beth Salter. Laura-Beth Salter sings and plays the mandolin. She performs together with Jenn Butterworth as a duo, but mainly she is a member of the band Shee, a band composed of five women. The new album Breathe will be published on July 1st, the first song from this album Carry Me is available at bandcamp already.

Laura-Beth Salter’s debut album ‘Breathe’ will be released on the 1st of July 2013. You can pre-order now and download a free track at http://laurabethsalter.bandcamp.com/album/breathe

The style of Laura-Beth Salter is influenced by the Celtic tradition of her country, but also by American root music, blues, oldtime and bluegrass. The recordings that I have found made me curious for the coming CD.

In my playlist I have also added recordings with The Shee. This band with fiddle, guitar, accordion, harp, flute, singing and also step dance has very successfully played at folk festivals in the UK, and some great videos can be found at youtube.

Let’s start with a great video with Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter:

Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter – ‘Come to Jesus’

A great performace of  The Shee – Troubles:

The Shee – Troubles – Live Crawley Folk Festival 2010

Playlist Jenn Butterworth & Laura-Beth Salter / The Shee

Additional Information

Website Laura-Beth Salter: http://laurabethsalter.com/

Laura-Beth is a mandolin player and vocalist from Lincolnshire who is now based in Glasgow. Her background is in the Blues, Oldtime and Bluegrass music that her parents play, but after studying the Traditional Music Degree in Newcastle she became heavily involved in the folk scene and met her fellow members of of ‘The Shee.’

Website Laura-Beth Salter and Jenn Butterworth: http://www.jennandlb.com/

Jenn Butterworth (vocals / guitar) and Laura-Beth Salter (vocals / mandolin) hail from award winning female super-groups The Anna Massie Band and The Shee.

On this page you can find anothe rgreat video aith Laura-Beth Salter and Jenn Butterworth recorded by the BBC.

Website The Shee: http://theshee.com/

Recordings by Laura-Beth Salter at Bandcamp: http://laurabethsalter.bandcamp.com/album/breathe

Recordings by Jenn Butterworth at soundcloud, including some recordings with Laura-Beth Salter: https://soundcloud.com/jennbutterworth


Della Mae – New CD “The World Oft Can…

The new CD  This World Oft Can Be by Della Mae will be released on May 28th by Rounder Records. The official video for this CD has been made available some days ago. Della Mae play their song Empire, one of my favorite songs from the new album.

The video has also been featured on the CMT website.

Della Mae – “Empire” (Official Video)

Della Mae has toured in Germany in December 2011 as part of the annual Bluegrass Jamboree, I have seen the band in the concert given in Offenburg.

You can listen to the complete CD This World Oft Can Be already at Airplay Direct:


Last year Della Mae were part of a program to bring American music to South- and Central-Asia (see article below). During this tour there were some very special encounters between American Bluegrass and Asian traditional music, like in the following video:

Aged Pine – Анда сен

Della Mae and Устатшакирт

I have made a playlist with some new videos by Della Mae. The playlist includes a complete show (Winter Village Bluegrass Festival, Hangar Theatre, 1/26/13) and some versions of the song Empire from different concerts.

Enjoy Della Mae!

Playlist Della Mae

Additional information

About Della Mae (German): http://missismusic.de/2011_12_della-mae-beim-3-bluegrass-jamboree/

American Music Abroad Cultivates Next Generation of Voices

I recently toured with the dynamic five-girl bluegrass group Della Mae for a “Bluegrass on the Silk Road” tour of South and Central Asia. American Music Abroad activities focus on younger and underserved audiences in countries with little or no access to live American performances. As such, Della Mae kicked off their tour in Islamabad, Pakistan, at the all-female Fatima Jinnah University.

Della Mae’s presence on campus was akin to that of the Beatles or the Rolling Stones — students at the country’s first female university were so excited to hear the female bluegrass band that they literally tore the doors off the hinges of the theater to get in on the sound check warm-up. “We’ve never played for crowds so excited and enthused to hear live music,” said Della Mae fiddler Kimber Ludiker.

Della Mae at CMT: http://www.cmt.com/videos/della-mae/908426/empire.jhtml

Music City Roots about Della Mae: http://musiccityroots.com/artist/della-mae

Music City Roots Show April 2013: http://livestre.am/4qZ5f

Della Mae at twitter: https://twitter.com/heyheydellamae

Buy CD at amazon (partner link)

This World Oft Can Be – Della Mae


Jarmo Romppanen – 10-String Mandolin Player from Finland –…

Jarmo Romppanen has just released his second album with solo music for 10-string mandolin Solmogen II. I have met Jarmo during the European Mandolin Academy in Trossingen. With his group Nordic Choro Jarmo has recorded a CD with Choro music. And some years ago he has published his first solo CD Solmagen.

Now he has taken the music of Finland, Swedish Polska and American Old Time music and created his own new style of mandolin playing.

Jarmo has made a great set of videos with the the pieces of his new CD. His 10-string mandolin has a great ringing sound – I enjoy those videos very much.

Playlist Jarmo Romppanen

Additional Information

CD Solmogen II: http://www.aania.fi/solmogen2_fi.html

CD Solmogen: http://www.aania.fi/jarmo_romppanen_fi.html

Website Jarmo Romppanen: http://www.jarmoromppanen.net/

I´m a professional folk-musician and received my Master of Music degree from the Sibelius Academy Department of Folk Music in 2002. I´m working as a performing artist, composer, arranger, producer and music-teacher.

Ääniä Records has just publiced the second solo album of mine called Solmogen II. I´ve been creating a new style of playing, never before heard on mandolin. The music on this album is influenced by Finnish-Karelian kantele and bowed lyre playing, by the Swedish triplet-polska tradition and by North-American Old Time music. There are long legato melodic phrases, lots of slurs, fast runs, melodic variations and improvised parts between the themes.  It is a studio live album, recorded completely solo with no overdubs or edits (except fades) on it.

youtube search “nordic choro”: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=nordic+choro&oq=nordic+choro

To end this post I have added another video by Jarmo Romppanen recorded 3 years ago with the 10-string mandolin

Jarmo Romppanen – 10 string mandolin

Pieces: Solmogen / Östervik / Västervik Greta

comment by Jarmo: I´m playing with 10-string mandolin and mandola built by a Finnish luthier Arto Pulkkinen.