Wednesday 25th January we began a new project aimed at boosting the profile of grass roots blues music to audiences, events and festivals throughout the UK. The European Blues Awards, now in its 36th year has become the biggest genre accolade outside the USA. The plan is to translate that success promoting the message of the blues to a whole new following in a number of prime European centres over the coming years. The UK has been chosen as the focus designation for 2017.
The first road trip was a visit to the welsh capital Cardiff by Bluesman Mike Francis who visited venues and businesses including PMT Music and the Jazz Café. As well as being at the Tenby Blues Festival on our behalf in November, Mike has been a regular performer at the Blues Festival of Wales. “I’m really looking forward to being involved with this very challenging new role and assure you that with such a massive task to hand, appreciate all the help and cooperation I can get”. Other UK visits to London and the West Country are set to follow very soon and plans are already in place to roll out a similar exercise in Scandinavia during 2018. EBA Team