European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards

Voting has now ended for European Blues Awards 2014

This evening voting closed in this year’s European Blues Awards with incredible tens of thousands of participants making this by far the biggest response ever. Many thanks to all that have supported the Awards and helped to promote the awareness of the world’s greatest musical genre. Thanks also for all your wonderful messages that make our non-sponsored unfunded efforts so worthwhile.


The late Jack Bruce

European Blues Awards 2014 are dedicated to the late great Jack Bruce who sadly passed away since this year’s voting process began last Thursday. Our thoughts are with his family at this time and the world of blues is devastated by the news.

Voting Opens for European Blues Awards 2014


Voting in the 2014 European Blues Awards is now officially open. Voting is open to all and one vote will be counted per category. The process will end at Midnight GMT on Tuesday 28th October and results will be released at Blues Fest UK during the later part of that week during the festival before being posted on this website and the twitter forum #BluesHour on Monday 3rd November from 20.00 GMT/15.00 EST. There are nine categories as follows with one Lifetime Contribution to be awarded by the team. The European Blues Awards are completely independent, have no sponsorship and reflect the views of the Blues loving public worldwide. Keeping the Blues Alive!

BEST BAND – Nominees Gary Clark Jr (usa) – Royal Southern Brotherhood (usa) – Band of Friends (eu)

BEST GUITARIST – Nominees Ryan McGarvey (usa) – Samantha Fish (usa) – Virgil McMahon (uk) – Chantel McGregor (uk)

BEST EVENT/FESTIVAL – Nominees Notodden Blues Festival (no) – Le Buis Blues Festival (fr) – Great British R&B Festival Colne (uk)

BEST VOCALIST – Nominees Kyla Brox (uk) – Ian Siegal (uk) – Marcus Bonfanti (uk) – Mud Morganfield (usa)

BEST SOLO/ACOUSTIC – Nominees Matt Andersen (ca) – Papa George (uk) – Kris Dollimore (uk)

BEST PUBLICATION – Nominees Blues Magazine (nl) – Blues Matters (uk) – The Blues Magazine (uk)

BEST MUSICIAN (PERFORMANCE) – Nominees Jack Bruce (uk) – Joan Pau Cumellas (es) – Paul Lamb (uk)

BEST RADIO SHOW – Nominees Ashwyn Smyth Digital Blues (eu) –– Tim Aves Blues is Back (uk) – Paul Jones Blues Show (uk) – Dave Watkins Blues & Roots (uk)

BEST ALBUM/RECORDED SESSION – Nominees – Marcus Malone, Stand or Fall (uk/usa) – Imelda May, Tribal (eire) – Thorbjorn Risager, Too Many Roads (dk) – Rory Gallagher, Kickback City (eire)



More information coming soon. Follow daily updates on twitter @blueshour & join us for #BluesHour forum every Monday at 20.00 GMT/15.00 EST

A number of showcase European Blues Awards gigs will be announced throughout Europe for early 2015. Information to be posted very soon.


A Whole Load of History and Impersonators over the Years

This October the European Blues Awards (formerly the Trans European Blues and Jazz Awards) celebrate 34 years in existence. There have been many worthy winners and nominees alike during that time and the European Blues Awards remain the longest running independent genre accolade outside the USA. The organisation entered the 21st Century during 2013 when the process was linked to social media and went digital.

As you can imagine there have been many impersonators along the way and feel it a tribute to our long standing achievement that this should be so. We feel it our duty in the memory of our recently passed colleague and friend Katarina to maintain the individuality and independence of what we do and here are a few famous faces you may well recognise from over the years.

Ginger Baker

Ginger Baker 1988 (also nominated again in 2013)

Jonas Hellborg

Jonas Hellborg 1987

Tony McPhee

Tony McPhee 1991 & 2004

Voting for the 2014 European Blues Awards is scheduled to begin on Wednesday 15th October. Please follow @blueshour for regular updates and information. Here’s to another 34 great years!

European Blues Awards artists to hit Great British R&B Festival 2014 Colne UK

In a magnificent scoop the European Blues Awards winners of Best Festival 2013 have billed a number of both former nominated and winning acts for the Great British R&B Festival 2014 Colne UK from 22nd to 25th August. Looking forward to it already!


Tony McPhee (with Groundhogs) – Saturday

Tony McPhee

Band of Friends – Friday

Band of Friends

Bluesman Mike Francis (with Sisters in Grease) – Sunday

  Bluesman Mike F

Kyla Brox – Saturday

   Kyla Brox Main

photos courtesy of the artists websites and not for commercial use

Recorded Category returns for European Blues Awards 2014


Record disc

For 2014 we are re-introducing the Best Recording category section in the European Blues Awards but due to social media extension, with a difference… Voting will begin as normal once the nominations have been posted from 15th October. Therefore if you hear anything especially wonderful over coming months (or have a special new release or session to shout about) please share it by posting on twitter any Monday from 15.00 EST/20.00 GMT using the hash tag #BluesHour in your tweet.

Recordings in the public domain, such as broadcast sessions and album material by an artist/artists who have played live in Europe since November 2013 are applicable and we look forward to receiving your suggestions links and recommendations. (NB YouTube soundtracks cannot qualify for this category due to world copyright restrictions)  The European Blues Awards are uniquely independent and free from sponsorship thus reflecting the true opinion of the European fan base.                                                                                                                                The EBA team  @blueshour

Ref. British Blues Awards – An element of confusion


For some unknown reason over the last few weeks we have been receiving enquiries regarding the British Blues Awards. European Blues Awards are in no way linked and we are a 32 year established organisation focussing on the whole of the European blues scene. The only confusion may be that the 2013 EB Award Ceremony was held at the Carlisle International Blues Festival in the UK. For more information visit the ‘About’ section above and remember to follow #BluesHour forum on our twitter site @blueshour by using the hashtag in your tweets to post news and views on the Blues from 20.00 GMT/15.00 EST every single stormy Monday!

(To contact BBA email sue (at) )

Keeping the Blues alive while remaining uniquely impartial as free from sponsorship. All the best for 2014 – The EBA Team

Winners Gallery 2013


Virgil McMahon European Blues Awards Winner 2013

Virgil McMahon receives the European Blues Award for Best Guitarist at Marrs Bar Worcester UK on the recent Accelerators tour

Paul Jones receives the award for Best Radio Show (BBC Radio 2)
from Cllr. Anne Hawkesworth on a UK tour date at Ilkley

Rob Towsend Award

Rob Townsend of the Blues Band also gets the Best Musician (Performance) Award

Images courtesy of Adam of

Bluesman Mike Francis & Matt Andersen

Matt Andersen receives the award for Best Solo Acoustic from fellow nominee Bluesman Mike Francis

Image courtesy of Mike Davis Photography

GB R&B Festibal Imge Colne

Best Event/Festival – Great British R&B Festival (Colne) UK

wilko 14

Lifetime Contribution to European Blues – Wilko Johnson

Image courtesy of Patrick Higgins

Ian Siega 2l

Ian Siegal -Best Vocalist

Blues Mag NL

Best Publication – Blues

Gery Mcavoy

Gerry McAvoy from Band of Friends (eu) – Winners of  Best Band

More images to follow soon so please watch this space!


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