FBMA is a non-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote Bluegrass music in France. We do this by giving information about Bluegrass activities, creating opportunities to help musicians and fans meet and by helping individual initiatives related to Bluegrass events.
Main activities include a two-monthly newsletter "Bluegrass!", the organisation of the spring and winter Bluegrass weekends, a mail order service for French bands' cds and this web site.
Members get several benefits that include :
We currently have about 150 members, if you wish to join them fill in this form and send a check for 20 euros made out to FBMA to
Valerie Morin, Châtenay, 71290 Simandre, France
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Information about these events, that happen every year, can be found on this site and in the newsletter "Bluegrass!"
They are also discussed in the forum section.
Spring Bluegrass Weekend (Whitsun).
Organised by FBMA and/or AEGC in the Paris area.
The opportunity for some 80 musicians to get together, jam and discuss Bluegrass, Old Time and other related styles of music.
Scratch bands form up during the weekend to present an informal concert on the last evening.
Cost varies and includes board, lodging and use of site facilities. A contribution of 5 euros is charged to non-members to help cover hidden costs.
Winter Bluegrass Weekend (November).
Organised by FBMA on a long weekend in November in Vichy (in the centre of France), this event was first held in response to musicians who wanted a place to meet and play during winter. Again, this is a jam-fest and helps close out the summer.
Regular bands can play in the fine theatre to a paying public (entry is free to fbma members).
Cost is about 35 euros a day for full board plus 5 euros for non-members.
La Grange Rouge (2nd weekend in June).
The Grange Rouge is a cultural and artisanal association based in an old 18th century barn in the area of Macon, Bourg-en-Bresse, Louhans (about 3 hours south of Paris).
Every year they organise a musical happening for French traditional and Bluegrass music where bands can play in this beautiful setting.
Accommodation is possible in the farmhouse "gite" or on the adjacent campsite.
This event is organised independently of fbma although the association helps with the sound and holds its AGM on the Sunday morning.
Check out the website.
Festival "Country Rendez-Vous" de Craponne (last weekend in July).
The biggest country music festival in France (which also showcases some great Bluegrass bands) is also an opportunity for Bluegrass fans to meet on the camp site to listen and play in a great "festival" atmosphere".
A must on the French bluegrass calendar.
La Roche Bluegrass Festival ( first weenkend in august ). 4 days
Since its first edition in 2006, under the European World of Bluegrass umbrella, the international Bluegrass Festival at La Roche sur Foron has become established as a leading event in the European Bluegrass calendar.