Saturday, September 22, 2007
Bluegrass in Australia
We first met Gregory McGrath at Pete Wernick's Jam Camp before Merlefest 2007 in Wilkesboro, NC. Greg had traveled with a friend to come to camp, the festival, and then attend several other bluegrass events here in the states. We saw him several times during the festival and have corresponded with him intermittently since then. He is active on the JamCampers e-mail list on Yahoo.com. Back in Australia, he has been trying, and succeeding, in bringing the spirit and techniques of Pete's Jam Camp to jams near his home. Bluegrass is not huge in Australia, but it is growing and Greg is helping it. Here's a link to his blog where he talks about the bluegrass scene down under. As bluegrass becomes an increasingly international form of music, such efforts can only enrich the music and spread it ever more widely.