European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards

European Awards Winners announced at Blues Fest UK O2 Arena London

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On Saturday afternoon of the Blues Fest UK the winners of the European Blues Awards 2015 were announced on the O2 Arena Brooklyn Bowl Stage. There was also a #BluesHour twitter forum special awards feature on Monday following, but for those that missed the news here are your voted category winners.

Best Musician 2015  Ted McKenna (eu)

Best Radio Show  Paul Jones Blues Show BBC Radio 2 (uk)

Best Publication  Blues Magazine (uk)

Best Album/Recorded Session  The Blues Overdrive – Clinch (dk)

Best Solo/Acoustic Act  Seasick Steve (eu/usa)

Best Vocalist  Ian Siegal (uk)

Best Festival/Event  Ribs en Blues Festival (nl)

Best Guitarist  Laurence Jones (uk)

Best Band  Leif de Leeuw Band (nl)

Winners of the European Blues Awards Lifetime Contribution Award (decided by the EBA team) was announced on twitter forum #BluesHour a week later as the team from

Musik Theater Piano, Dortmund who have pioneered and promoted Blues artists from all over the world for an extremely long period of time.

Voting has now ended for 2015

After an extremely high turnout that once again exceeded all expectations, voting has now closed for 2015. More countries than ever before took part in the process and results will be announced later today 7th November at the Brooklyn Bowl Stage during the Blues Festival UK in London. There will also be a special #BluesHour forum session (hosted by @blueshour) on twitter this Monday 9th November from 20.00 GMT/21.00 CET/15.00 EST on the European Blues Awards stories and results 2015.

Voting begins for European Blues Awards 2015


At last its that time again. Get voting in all 9 open categories in the 2015 European Blues Awards. Some really fantastic talent to choose from and voting ends midday GMT Saturday 7th November. Results will be released that weekend at Blues Festival London UK and presentations will follow soon after. Thanks to everyone that helped with the nomination process and please join in with the weekly twitter forum @blueshour using/following the hashtag #BluesHour for updates. The European Blues Awards are now the biggest independent genre recognition outside the USA and in 2016 will celebrate their 35th anniversary.

Best Musician (Performance) 2015

Dale Storr (uk)     Paul Lamb (uk)   Ted McKenna (eu)

Best Radio Show 2015

Dave Watkins Blues & Roots (uk)   Ashwyn Smyth Digital Blues (eu)    Paul Jones BBC Blues Show Radio 2 (uk)

Best Publication 2015

Blues Matters (uk)   Blues Magazine (nl)   The Blues Magazine (uk)

Best Album/Recorded Session 2015

Lawrence Jones – Whats it gonna be (uk)   The Blues Overdrive – Clinch (dk) Selwyn Birchwood – Don’t call no Ambulance (usa)   Seasick Steve – Sonic Soul Surfer (eu/usa)    John Lee Hooker – Folk Law of JLH/Folk Blues (re-rel)     King King – Reaching for the Light (uk)

Best Solo/Acoustic Act 2015

Bex Marshall (uk)     Seasick Steve (eu/usa)    Matt Anderson (can)

Best Vocalist 2015

Kyla Brox (uk)     Ian Siegal (uk)   Layla Zoe (can)   Marcus Bonfanti  (uk)

Best Festival/Event 2015

Ribs en Blues Festival (nl)   Great British R&B Festival Colne (uk)      Suwalki Blues Festival (pl)   Manchester Blues Festival – MABS (uk)

Best Guitarist 2015

Lawrence Jones (uk)     Ryan McGarvey (usa)      Danny Bryant  (uk)    Samantha Fish (usa)

Best Band 2015

The Blues Band (uk)   Mike Zito and the Wheel (usa)   Mojo Makers (dk)

Leif de Leeuw Band (nl)

There will be a further Award for Lifetime Contribution which as normal will be decided by the EBA team. Thanks for voting in this years European Blues Awards.

European Blues Awards 2014 Presentation Gallery

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Paul Jones with Best Radio Show Award BBC Radio 2

(photo Ray Hattrell)

Colne Blues Fest (Theirs) Award pic

Great British R&B Festival (Colne) UK receiving Best Event/Festival Award from Bluesman Mike Francis

Alan White award

Alan White of Early Blues dot com receives Award for Lifetime Contribution from Sue of Great British R&B Festival

Ryan McGarvey & UK Agent Linda Valentine at European Blues Awards by Mike Francis

Ryan McGarvey USA receives Best Guitarist Award from Linda Valentine

Thanks again to the thousands that voted and once again made the whole awards process work so well. All the best to the 2015 nominees     EBA Team

European Blues Awards 2014 Presentation Details

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The European Blues Awards 2014 Winners presentation will be held at the UK Manchester Blues Festival on the evening of Monday 22nd June 2015 from 7pm. As well as the presentation there will be performances from Bluesman Mike Francis, Kyla Brox and Ryan McGarvey who won Best Guitarist in last year’s vote. Admission is by ticket only and booking is now available at (Venue map also on the link).

We would like to thank the organisers of the MABS Festival for stepping in and agreeing to conduct the presentations.                 EBA team

European Blues Awards Presentations 2014

Following the unfortunate situation regarding the European Blues Awards presentation planned for the Royal Albert Hall 2014 and the sad passing of Jack Bruce, there will be a rescheduled presentation also in the UK at the upcoming Manchester Blues Festival, MABS 2015 21-22nd June. More information to follow soon.



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