European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards

Final Call for Best Album/Recorded Session Nominations 2016


The time is drawing closer for the 36th European Blues Awards and this is the final call for your suggestions and nominations in the Best Album/Recorded Session category 2016. It is open to all but must feature only artists that have played live in Europe between November 2015 and October 2016. You can nominate your own material but due to copyright restrictions YouTube links are not admissible.

Please send name of band/artist, title of album or studio session and most importantly a link by tweet, direct message or email (all information on the twitter profile @blueshour). Nominations will be posted when the public vote begins in early November. Follow the weekly #BluesHour forum and this website for updates. Worth remembering that last years European Blues Awards Best Album winner was result of a late stage nomination.       EBA Team

Bex Marshall at final 35th Anniversary European Blues Awards Showcase Manchester UK 6-10-16

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After a very fine set from Bluesman Mike Francis, Bex Marshall wound up what has been a truly amazing festival season celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the European Blues Awards. The show in Manchester UK at the Waterside Arts Theater was the last of a number events that have been staged throughout Europe during 2016 with the kindness and support of artists and promoters alike to carry the message of the blues to a whole new generation and audience. A very big thank you to all that were involved and of course those who witnessed some of the best performances ever.             EBA Team

Final European Blues Awards Anniversary Showcase 2016 Goes Acoustic

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The last European Blues Awards 35th Anniversary Celebration for 2016 will be shortly before voting begins in the 2016 Awards. It will be at Waterside Arts Centre Manchester UK on Thursday 6th October at 7.30pm and features Bex Marshall and Bluesman Mike Francis in an all acoustic billing. A great end to what has been a magnificent birthday celebration. Advanced tickets are £10/£8 available from the venue and online at                 EBA team

UK Anniversary Celebration is another Great Success

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The UK Celebration 35th Anniversary of the European Blues Awards was a great success at the award winning Great British R&B Festival in Colne. Saturday began with a showcase set by Bex Marshall followed by another on Sunday by Bluesman Mike Francis before Lifetime Contribution Winner Wilko Johnson topped the bill. Here are some memories from the Festival. Our thanks to organiser Alison Goode and her team for all their hard work and support.      EBA team

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Bex Marshall takes the main stage on Saturday









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Bluesman Mike Francis on Sunday

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And the Legendary Wilko Johnson later that evening

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European Blues Awards 35th Birthday Showcase acts confirmed for Great British R&B Festival Colne UK 2016

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2015 Best Solo/Acoustic Award Nominee Bex Marshall (seen photographed with Award winner Seasick Steve), opens the International Stage with an all acoustic performance on Saturday 27th August.

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Sunday 28th August the International Stage is opened with an acoustic performance by 2013 Solo/Acoustic Award Nominee Bluesman Mike Francis followed by an all-electric show by former Lifetime Contribution Award Winner Wilko Jonson from 9.15pm. Tickets are on sale at and it promises to be quite some Anniversary party!

European Blues Awards come to Colne UK with 35th Birthday Showcase

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Very happy to announce that the European Blues Awards 35th Anniversary party continues in 2016 and will feature a promotional event at the Great British R&B Festival at Colne UK between the 27th and 28th August. Featured EBA artists will play a special acoustic blues showcase during the festival where it is hoped to present final remaining awards from 2015. Please see and follow the weekly European Blues Forum @Blueshour using #BluesHour tag on twitter every Monday from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST for udates and booking details.

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Awards 35th Anniversary Showcase Ribs en Blues NL 14/15/16 May 2016

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From top to bottom; Laurence Jones receives award for Best Guitarist 2015. Ribs en Blues receive award for Best Festival 2015. Award winner Ryan McGarvey takes the main stage on Monday. Award nominees Thorbjorn Risager and the Black Tornado also from the main stage on Monday.

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