Copyright Martin Kielty, Blues Magazine 10 Nov 2015
We line up with Ted McKenna, Ian Siegal and Laurence Jones among 2015 public vote winners
The Blues Magazine was last night named Best Publication at the annual European Blues Awards.
The TeamRock title was a winner alongside Best Musician Ted McKenna, Best Vocalist Ian Siegal and Best Guitarist Laurence Jones.
Awards were allocated after a public vote, in which tens of thousands of fans across Europe expressed their opinions.
Organisers said last night: “Thanks to those who voted and maintained the European Blues Awards as the biggest independent genre accolade outside the USA.”
The Blues editor Ed Mitchell says: “I couldn’t be more pleased to win. The magazine is still only three years old, and we’re already established as an important voice on the blues scene.
“The aim from the start was to represent blues in all its forms and I think this award proves that we’re doing that. The scene is an exciting place to be at the moment and it’s pleasure to be able to bring it all together.
“The Blues is created by a small but passionate team – special thanks go to production editor Emma Johnston and art editor Steven Goldring. Without them, there would be no magazine.”
TeamRock Director of Content Scott Rowley adds: “We’re more than just a British print magazine. We’re a dedicated website and news service, a radio show, a digital magazine – and every issue is available wherever you are, on whatever device you have. Like blues music itself, we promise to keep on growing and spreading the word.”
Band Of Friends drummer McKenna, formerly of the Rory Gallagher Band and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, tells The Blues: “Being nominated was a surprise – I didn’t know anything about it. We’ve been busy with the new album and I only found out on the old Facebook.
“It’s very nice to win something like this. It makes you feel people are paying attention to what the band’s doing. Thanks to all the people who took the time to vote for me. Rock‘n’roll – and blues, of course!”
Siegal, who’s won the same award twice before, tells The Blues: ”Once, twice, three times! It is very gratifying to know that so many people enjoy my music.”
European Blues Award Winners 2015
Best Publication: The Blues Magazine
Best Musician: Ted McKenna, Band Of Friends
Best Radio Show: The Paul Jones Blues Show, BBC Radio 2
Best Album/Recorded Session: The Blues Overdrive – Clinch
Best Solo/Acoustic Act: Seasick Steve
Best Vocalist: Ian Siegal
Best Festival/Event: Ribs en Blues Festival, Netherlands
Best Guitarist: Laurence Jones
Best Band: Leif de Leeuw Band
(Lifetime contribution to European Blues Award Winner was later announced as Musik Theater Piano, Dortmund, Germany)