You can find the homepage of the Bath-Braunschweig Twinning Association here:
The latest news from our partner association, BBTA in Bath, can also be found in the newsletters below.
Please take a look and see what they are doing.
Here you can find information on the fantastic radio show presented by Bryan Chalker, the Chairman of the Bath-Braunschweig Twinning Association, each Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. on somervalleyfm (see link below).
The "Listen Again" facility is available for seven days after the broadcast of the show.
Here is an announcement for the future programme:
Just in case you haven't been informed, I resigned from Somer Valley FM on Thursday and will present my final show on Monday 22 January. The radio station is currently shambolic, as the result of the recent cyber-attack on other on-going technical problems, which are affecting
my shows, so I have decided to call it a day. The station's engineer has also posted his resignation, which means that friendly technical backup will be gone. This is an intolerable situation for me, as I am not particularly computer-friendly and hate the way that these devices have taken over. I have been a professional broadcaster for close on 50 years but modern technology has taken the soul out of radio as I know it.
I thank you all for your loyal support over the years and wish you the very best for the future.
The "Listen Again" facility will also be available.
Here is an announcement for the programme on Monday, 22nd January:
We're still in the grips of a bitterly cold spell here, so another feast of hot music to ward off those winter blues - and we begin with a new name, Kendell Marvel. He is followed by Sheriff Bud Torres, a genuine Louisiana law-enforcement officer. Lorrie Morgan and Pam Tillis join
forces for a great duet and then it's up to Canada for another fresh name to our growing list, that of Otis C. Truax. There's lots more, of course, and you can also expect to hear Beth Nielsen-Chapman, the Red Pine Timber Co., Hermann Lammers Meyer, Dwight Yoakam & The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Conway Twitty, Polly Parker, Robb Shenton & The Western All-Stars, Hardrock Gunter, Cua, Randy Owen and Sleepy John Estes.
Enjoy your week,
The "Listen Again" facility will also be available.
This article prepared by Bob Everhart, President of the National Traditional Country Music Assn., www.music-savers.com
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VETERAN BATH BROADCASTER, BRYAN CHALKER, CHOSEN FOR "International Country CD of the Year" BY THE RURAL ROOTS MUSIC COMMISSION IN AMERICA
The Rural Roots Music Commission was formed twelve years ago to find a way to honor excelling recording artists who deal with traditional and classic country music and bluegrass music. Since most traditional music genre's have now been locked out of participation at the national level in America, the Rural Roots folks found a way to honor the gifted musicians, vocalists, songwriters, recording artists and small production companies. One of the participants in this rather large 'gathering' of music makers and preservationists is none other than Bryan Chalker of Bath, England. Mr. Chalker submitted his CD "Legacy" to the Rural Roots Music Commission for their appraisal, and they have selected him to receive their "International Country CD of the Year" award. The ceremony will be held August 28 at 8pm on the Main Stage of the 42nd National Old Time Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa. The RRMC is part of the National Traditional Country Music Association. The organization responsible for the award, the National Traditional Country Music Association, has been in existence since 1976. Mr. Chalker has been very active over the years, not only performing traditional music from both England and America, he has been behind a radio mike for at least 40 years. He has been on some of the most impressive stations in the UK, including BBC Radio-2; Radio West; Capitol Radio; Country Music Radio for Europe; and Radio Caroline. His most successful radio program to date being his program "Same Roots Different Fruits" being broadcast locally on Somer Valley97.5FM, and thanks to the Internet, it is also broadcast around the world. He's been more than a recording artist and a disc jockey, he's been a police officer, a free-lance music journalist, a Bath City Councillor, and he has served as Chairman of Bath & North East Somerset Council and Mayor of Bath and as the City's Heritage Champion.
When the Rural Roots Music Commission first heard Mr. Chalker's album "Legacy" they were astonished at his bass voice singing old Carter Family songs. It didn't take them long to keep the 'International' CD of the Year title safely within Mr. Chalker's reach through 2017, even though a large number of international CD's were reviewed and appraised. Bryan favors all forms of country music, his tastes in general are extremely catholic and his radio program successfully blends everything from Cajun, western-swing, bluegrass and the Nashville sound, all the way through to reggae, rockabilly, folk, blues, Hawaiian, jazz, and mariachi. In his spare time, Mr. Chalker organized two Bath Americana Festivals in 2011 and 2012. He has also fronted a very successful folk-rock band called New Frontier between 1970 and 1979, and recorded several albums and singles for Decca, BBC Records and Tapes, Sweet Folk & Country, and Emerald Gem. This is the 12th year that the Rural Roots Music Commission in America has been recognizing deserving individuals and groups that have continued the tradition of old-time and traditional country music, no matter where they may be located.
The NTCMA was formed for that very same reason, 'saving' America's old-time music. The music that traveled west in covered wagons as homesteaders settled the great upper Midwest, nearly all of it rural and farming land. Farmers and ranchers they became, and they kept their beloved music with them, everything from the polka music of Polish, German, Austrian, Belgian, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, even Finnish and all the Slavic countries that had accordions and guitars and fiddles in their music, to the Irish and Scottish ballads and step dancing tunes. English songs. French and Italian melodies. Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese love songs. All of the music came to America with its immigrants, many of them descendants still living in the upper Midwest rolling hills farm land.
The NTCMA created a festival of old-time music in 1976, called simply the "National Old Time Music Festival." From small beginnings, today it is an event that lasts seven days, has ten stages to accommodate the more than 500 artists and performers that come from around the world, running from 9am to 11pm for seven days. It is acoustic in nature, meaning no electric guitars, drums, or any kind of loud amplified music that normally drowns out a milder, older, and certainly a more down-home style of entertainment. The 'Fiddler's Jubilee' the 'Harmonica Howl' the 'Guitar Pull' the 'Band Scramble' the 'Mandolin Jamboree' the 'Autoharp Gathering' and the 'Jamming' gatherings were created for those performers who are not scheduled for any of the stages. Anyone can participate. There are also workshops for beginners all. It's a celebration of America's rural music heritage. Dates this year are August 28-September 3, and is located at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in LeMars, Iowa. The same venue that hosts all kinds of rural-America farming shows and programs, it's the same venue that the NTCMA presents it's huge old-time music event.
Some of the performers for this 42nd event, include: Terry Smith (Johnny Cash's songwriter "The Far Side Banks of Jordan"); Jeannie Seeley from the Grand Ole Opry, and Bobby Lewis, a lute player, also from the Grand Ole Opry. Dale Eichor a DJ Hall of Famer and singer; Greta Elkin the Queen of Country music from Ireland; Bobby Darren from RFD-TV; Glenn Tubb the nephew of Ernest Tubb; Dennis Stroughmatt a Ray Price tribute singer who also does old-time French melodies on his fiddle; David Davis and his Bluegrass Band from Alabama; The Harmonicats a still functioning harmonica band from the old days of live radio; Slim Forsythe from Pennsylvania who just received an Emmy for his PBS television show of old-time country music; Little Riddles a family old-time band from Minnesota; The Woodshop Band from Wisconsin; Gordon Wilcox a popular classic country singer from Canada; Wade Landry a Cajun fiddler from Louisiana; Emma Heyen a young country singer from China; Harry Rusk from Canada; Lee Muller a gifted vocalist and instrumentalist from Kansas; Carolina Express a Bluegrass band from North Carolina; Buck Helton a cowboy singer from Tucson, Arizona; Bob & Sheila Everhart, recording artists for the prestigious Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC; Luanne Hunt a classic country singer from California; Plum Tuckered Band from Iowa; Aspen Black and her daughter Alice from Virginia, Wolfe Milestone from Canada; the Jacob Austin Band from Texas; Luck Jackson a mover and shaker for old-time music in Mountain View, Arkansas; Don Joy & Melanie Lynn duet singers of classic country from Missouri; Bryan Chalker a disc-jockey and top star recording artist from England; Marty Davis a cowboy singer from Oregon; the Kody Norris Bluegrass Band from Tennessee; Sky High & Rising Band from Tennessee; K. C. Groves & her Bluegrass Band from Colorado; Bart Hansen the long-time opening act for Loretta Lynn from Tennessee; Mike Johnson the nationally known black 'Yodeler" from Virginia; the Adam Knight award winning Gospel act from Tennessee; the Stangl Family (they have 10 children) from the ranchlands of Nebraska; Bernie Worrell a champion 'bones' player from Florida; plus hundreds of more gifted and talented performers from all over the United States as well as the world.
Recreational vehicle camping is allowed at this venue. It's a short walk to a nearby grocery store. Electric hook-ups and shared water cost $15 per night. Individual admission to the festival Mon-Thur is $20 per day per person; Fri-Sun is $25 per day per person. A special 7-day open-gate pass is available for $80 per person. All kids under the age of 17 are free. There is old-time style home-cooking at the food court, including Asian as well as Italian dishes, and American style food. There is a 5-star steak house on the grounds too.
America's Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame make their annual inductions during this event, and the Rural Roots Music Commission make their "CD of the Year" awards. There are six nights of old-time dances in the dance hall, and there is also arts, crafts, antiques, and a flea-market also on the grounds. The motto for the NTCMA Board of Directors is "Pick one day, or pick em' all, just keep pickin' and we'll see you at the festival.
More information is available from the NTCMA at P O Box 492, Anita, Iowa, 50020 - 712-762-4363 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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