European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards

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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Linton 2017


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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

European Blues Awards prove a Winner at Tenby Blues Festival Wales

Following last year’s European Blues Awards reveal at the O2 Arena London, this year it was the first time Wales hosted the results and Saturday at Tenby Blues Festival proved the perfect location. The awards, now in their 36th year are purely the choice of a colossal week long public vote that makes the genre accolade the biggest outside the USA. It was Bluesman Mike Francis, himself a former nominated finalist recently taken on to represent and promote the message within the UK, who read out the winners before festival headliner and twice award nominee Paul Lamb and band took the stage at the De Valence Theatre.

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Former nominee Bluesman Mike Francis reads the winning results with festival headliner and nominated finalist Paul Lamb

There are 10 categories in the process; nine of which are under public vote along with an annual Lifetime Contribution recognition that is made by the European Blues Awards team. Overall it was a very successful year for North America as United States and Canadian acts took the honours in 5 of the 9 votes. Award rules mean that anyone performing live in Europe during qualifying period is eligible. The Netherlands ran a close second with wins for Best Musician, Festival and Publication.

Here is the full list of Winners in the European Blues Awards 2016

Best Album – Fire on the Floor – Beth Hart (USA)

Best Festival – Ribs en Blues (NL)

Best Vocalist – Layla Zoe (Canada)

Best Guitarist – Ryan McGarvey (USA)

Best Radio Show – Paul Jones Radio 2 Blues Show (GB)

Best Publication – Blues Magazine (NL)

Best Solo/Acoustic – Matt Andersen (Canada)

Best Musician (Performance) – Julian Sas (NL)

Best Band – Tedeschi Trucks Band (USA)

Lifetime Contribution Award – Pete Feenstra (GB)