European Blues Awards

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European Blues Awards 2017 are about to roll again!

EUROPEAN BLUES AWARDSThe 2017 European Blues Awards process is about to begin. Public voting is expected to commence at the start of November and for this, the 36th year Awards Results will be announced at Lucerne Blues Festival, Switzerland 11-19 November. The details will be posted on the website and during the social media forum #BluesHour on twitter Monday 30th October 20.00 GMT/21.00 CET/15.00 EST. As always the online vote is open to everyone and after record turnout last year is expected to be totally off the scale!

In preparation for this there are two specific things you can do to assist the process. Please feed back as soon as you can any particular artists, radio presenters, events and publications that you feel deserve a place in the final vote process within the 8 categories of Best Guitarist, Best Band, Best Vocalist (male), Best Vocalist (Female), Best Musician (performance), Best Solo/Acoustic, Best Publication and Best Event/Festival.

It has been a very busy year for us evaluating what is on offer and running the forum. However we cannot be everywhere and therefore rely on your help. Please publicly post to the awards twitter account @BluesHour or send by direct message. You can also email using our new email address europeabluesawards (at) gmail (dot) com    Any artists suggested must have played live in Europe since November 16.

Best album/recorded session category of the European Blues Awards is entirely by public choice and many very worthy considerations have already been received. This year by way of total change the Lifetime Contribution Award will be decided by public consensus. Please email your choice and most importantly a 50 word or less reason (preferably in English but not essential), why your nomination has been made. Once again open to all but no previous winners can be considered of course. This ideally needs to be with the awards team by Tuesday 7th November.

Many thanks EBA Team

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28th Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival Colne UK 2017

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28th Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival Colne UK 25-27 August 2017

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Solo finalist 2016 Dave Arcari headlines acoustic stage Little Theatre Sunday

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2013 awards finalist Tim Aves with Wolfpack on the Muni stage on Sunday

Ted McKenna finally receives Best Musician Award at Linton Blues Festival UK

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Ted McKenna from Band of Friends receives the award for Best Musician 2015 from Bluesman Mike Francis last Friday 7th July at the Linton Blues Festival UK 2017

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Audience were then treated to a totally amazing set from Ted and the band on a very warm Ross on Wye midsummer’s evening

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Festivals Weekend June 2017

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Ribs en Blues Festival NL hosted a European Blues Awards Ceremony on Monday 5th June and received award for Best European Festival 2016 for second year running. 

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Canada’s Matt Andersen takes his European Blues Award for Best Solo/Acoustic act 2016

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Blues Magazine NL here seen receiving 2016 European Blues Award for Best Publication


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Meanwhile in UK at Acoustic Festival of Britain 2017 Chantel McGregor and Bluesman Mike Francis were amongst many Blues acts performing that weekend totally unplugged


European Blues Awards Feature at Musiktheater Piano Dortmund with Sari Schorr

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On Thursday 11th May 2017 Dual European Blues Awards Finalist Sari Schorr will be performing at Lifetime Contribution winning venue MusikTheater Piano in Dortmund Germany. Sari was nominated in both Best Vocalist and Best Album categories in 2016 and is currently on a European tour. The show starts at 7pm and tickets are available from venue website

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Promo Event UK 2017 gets under way

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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