Friday, 4:15-5:45 pm
RED WINE is the premier bluegrass band in Europe. Actively touring since 1978, the band’s style has elements of both traditional and contemporary acoustic music, with a sound and approach that embraces traditional bluegrass, swing, gospel and country. The band will return to the U.S. for a 2001 fall tour culminating with the IBMA Fan Fest in Louisville, KY where they will also be featured as a showcase band. Other dates will take them from Indiana, south to Tennessee and Georgia, and west to Kansas.
RED WINE has played all over Europe gaining a strong following everywhere. The band has appeared at some of the major international festivals in Italy (Torino, Milano, Tradate, Brescia, Pescara), France (Toulouse, Angers, Dor-l’Eglise), Switzerland (Melide, Stetten Family BGF), Austria (Lohnsburg, Knittelfeld), Holland (Winschoten) and Germany (Guglingen), sharing the stage with such major acts as the New Grass Revival, Hot Rize, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, Bluegrass Cardinals, Country Gazette, Chris Hillman and many others. RED WINE has also opened for and played with bluegrass greats Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Peter Rowan and Tony Trischka, has appeared many times on both local and national radio and TV programs, and in 1993 was voted best Italian acoustic band by a readers’ poll of “Chitarre” magazine.
RED WINE has toured the USA in 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 appearing successfully, among others, at the Bluegrass and Chili Festival (Tulsa, OK), Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, the Poppy Mountain BGF (Morehead, KY), the Mohican BGF (Greer, OH), The Lucy Opry (Memphis, TN), Salem Bluegrass & Chowder Festival (Salem, IL), The Station Inn (Nashville, TN), and at the massive 1995 International Bluegrass Music Association “World of Bluegrass” (Owensboro, KY), playing a well-received Showcase and performing at Fan Fest. These tours saw the band on the same bill with the likes of Ricky Skaggs, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Tony Rice, Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury, the Lonesome River Band and many others. In 1999 the band toured the US appearing at the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, OK, and also appeared in Salem, IL, Westfield, IN and Lagrange, GA.
Martino Coppo and Silvio Ferretti played for years in the international band Freewheelin’, touring Europe and USA and appearing on musical shows on Italy’s national TV. They both contribute to Italian and American music magazines, do workshops and play studio sessions.
Supporting the band’s rhythm with her hard-driving bass is Maria Grazia Branca (“Grace on the Bass”), whose singing can be appreciated on duet and gospel numbers. And, last but not least, guitar player Dino Di Giacomo (who has taken the spot left vacant by flatpicking master Beppe Gambetta) has also toured Europe and USA with other fine bands.
The band has just released a new CD titled “Italian Cats”, featuring new material as well as their most requested stage song, “Italian Medley” (Bluegrass—Italian music!). Prior releases have included a self-titled cassette, an LP titled “Full Taste” (which was promoted on a nationwide tour with banjo wiz Tony Trischka) and a CD titled “Italian Flavor”. In September 1998, after Switzerland, Germany and Czech Republic tours, the band toured in the USA to promote their brand new 20th Anniversary CD “Times & Changes – Original Red Wine since 1978”. A television crew of one of Italian main Networks (Mediaset) followed RED WINE in this tour, to produce a video clip and a documentary which was aired on television in the Fall of 1998.