European Blues Awards

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European Blues Awards Winners 2019

EBA Winners 2019

Here are the 2019 vote winners in what was another massive vote. Big thank you to all that voted and of course all of this years finalists. Award certificates will be distributed as normal during 2020 and the process remains without commercial gain or sponsorship. We are delighted to report that there are another 2 members of the European Blues Awards Hall of Fame as a result and the 2019 Lifetime Contribution Award will be announced during #BluesHour twitter forum Monday 2nd December 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST.  

Best Band Larkin Poe

Best Guitarist Joe Bonamassa

Best Vocalist (Female) Kyla Brox

 Best Vocalist (Male) Alan Nimmo

Best Solo/Acoustic Dom Martin

Best Musician (Performance) Eric Gales

Best Album Kill or be Kind by Samantha Fish

Best Event/Festival Culemborg Blues Netherlands

Best Radio Show Pete Feenstra Blues and Rock Show

Best Magazine/Publication Blues Matters

Voting Closed and Latest News on European Blues Awards 2019


Voting has now closed in 39th European Blues Awards. Very big thank you to everyone who voted and all the wonderful finalists in the process. Has been another huge public vote and the awards remain the longest running and biggest independent genre accolade outside the USA.

Further information on the announcement and latest update will be released during weekly #BluesHour twitter Monday 18th November.

Here is a list of 2019 finalists and due to recent events there was no public vote for this year’s Lifetime Contribution Award.

Best Band

Beaux Gris Gris and the Apocalypse – Kai Strauss and the Electric Blues Allstars – Larkin Poe

Best Guitarist

Joe Bonamassa – Albert Cummings – Albert Castiglia

Best Vocalist (Female)

Kyla Brox – Lisa Lystam – Dana Fuchs

Best Vocalist (Male)

Alan Nimmo – Marcus Malone – Wily Bo Walker

Best Solo/Acoustic

Dave Arcari – Dom Martin – Cedric Burnside

Best Musician (Performance)

Megan Lovell – Paul Lamb – Eric Gales

Best Album

Kill or be Kind by Samantha Fish – City Night by Savoy Brown – Pain and Glory by Kyla Brox – Means of Escape by Danny Bryant – Avalanche by Nine Below Zero

Best Event/Festival

Pistoia Blues Italy – Culemborg Blues Netherlands – Colne Blues UK

Best Radio Show

Cerys Matthews Blues Show BBC Radio 2 – Pete Feenstra Blues and Rock Show – Gary Grainger Blues Show – Rob van Elst Bluesmoose Radio

Best Magazine/Publication

Blues News Norway – Blues in Britain – Blues Magazine Netherlands – Blues Matters UK



Voting in European Blues Awards 2019 starting soon


Voting in European Blues Awards 2019 will be due to start later this weekend and as usual will be open to all and  last a full week. Please follow the #BluesHour forum on Mondays from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT and twitter account @BluesHour for more information and updates as well as checking on this site.                                                    EBA Team

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Winner of Best Musician (Performance) 2018 Susan Santos of Spain with her award

Beth Hart and Ribs en Blues become latest additions to European Blues Awards Hall of Fame

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Beth Hart (USA) and Ribs en Blues Festival (NL) who were both 3rd time European Blues Awards Winners in 2018 have now been added to the growing list of names who share the honour of Hall of Fame status. Beth, who has previously won for Best Album with Fire on the Floor in 2016 once again added a Best Vocalist vote win in 2018 and Ribs en Blues were voted Best Event/Festival for the third time.

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Great British R&B Festival to celebrate 30 years

Colne Blues 2019

The Great British R&B Festival, Colne, Lancashire will be celebrating their 30th anniversary from 23rd – 25th August. Featuring headliner and European Blues Awards Best Musician winner 2017 Anthony Gomes, the twice award winning event also lists former finalists Paul Lamb, Sari Schorr and Danny Bryant on the bill. With 170 gigs on 22 stages this year’s festival promises to be the biggest yet. There will be a special ’30 years of Colne’ show in a brand new Town Hall venue by Bluesman Mike Francis and Friends and all programme and booking information can be found on the festival website;

Latest Award Presentation News – June 2019


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Latest European Blues Awards presentations took place on 2nd weekend of June. Ribs en Blues Festival celebrated their 3rd win for Best Event/Festival in recent years and are now members of the Hall of Fame.

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During the Festival King King received their award for Best Band 2018. Guitarist Alan Nimmo seen here on stage with the award.

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The same weekend Eddie Martin was presented his Best Solo/Acoustic Award for 2018 by Iain Ballamy in Bath UK

For information and updates on the European Blues Awards please follow #BluesHour forum on twitter @BluesHour every Monday from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST

Hall of Fame is introduced with more changes on the way

As announced during European Blues Awards 2018 vote a special Hall of Fame category has been introduced for 3 times or more category winners since introduction of the digital voting system. The first recipients of this accolade are Paul Jones, Ryan McGarvey, Ian Siegal and Matt Andersen.

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There will also be a European Blues events feature added during 2019 along with specific tour reports from performers from their travels across Europe. For all information and updates keep following @BluesHour on twitter every Monday from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT using the forum hashtag #BluesHour. Presentation news regarding 2018 award winners will also be posted very soon.

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European Blues Awards Winners 2018



The winners of another record public vote were announced on Sunday 25th November from Dublin Ireland on City FM Radio Show Blues Train by finalist Charlie Hussey. If you missed the results here they are together with a link to listen back to the show.

Best Magazine/Publication – BLUES MATTERS UK


Best Festival/Event – RIBS EN BLUES RAALTE


Best Musician (Performance) – SUSAN SANTOS

Best Solo/Acoustic – EDDIE MARTIN

Best Vocalist (Male) – JOE BONAMASSA

Best Vocalist (Female) – BETH HART

Best Guitarist – JOE BONAMASSA

Best Band – KING KING

There was also a Lifetime Contribution Award for KEITH RICHARDS of the Rolling Stones decided by the followers of the weekly Monday #BluesHour forum on twitter.

Here is the mix cloud link for the European Blues Awards 2018 Results Show on the Blues Train

Please follow and join in with @BluesHour world Blues forum every Monday from 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT/15.00 EST to share the latest news on the Blues using the tag #BluesHour and get updates and information regarding the European Blues Awards. The Awards are decided solely by public vote, are non sponsored by charter and now the longest running and biggest genre accolade outside the USA.

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European Blues Awards Winners announcement 2018 revealed

We are pleased to report that 38th European Blues Awards 2018 results announcement will be made in Ireland for the very first time. There will be a Special Edition of Blues Train on Radio Dublin City 103.2 FM from 23.00 CET/22.00 GMT/17.00 EST on Sunday 25th November 2018 hosted by finalist Charlie Hussey. The results will also be posted during #BluesHour twitter forum 21.00 CET/20.00 GMT on Monday 26th November 2018

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Website and listen-live link for Blues Train Dublin City 103.2 FM is

Voting has now closed – European Blues Awards 2018


Voting has now closed in 38th European Blues Awards. Very big thank you to everyone who voted and all the wonderful finalists in this year’s process. Early indications looking like it has been another record vote and the awards remain the longest running and biggest genre accolade outside the USA. Updates and information regarding the upcoming international results announcement will be posted during #BluesHour forum on twitter 21.00hrs CET/20.00hrs GMT/15.00hrs EST Monday 12th November 2018 and also posted on website

Here is a list of the finalists for 2018 and there will also be a Lifetime Contribution Award that was decided this year by followers of #BluesHour

Best Band

Malone Sibun Band – King King  – Band of Friends


Best Guitarist

Joe Bonamassa – Erja Lyytinen – Kris Barras


Best Vocalist (Female)

Beth Hart – Layla Zoe – Elles Bailey


Best Vocalist (Male)

Alan Nimmo – Marcus Bonfanti – Joe Bonamassa


Best Solo/Acoustic

Bex Marshall – Eddie Martin – Dave Arcari


Best Musician (Performance)

Susan Santos – Paul Lamb – Lisa Mann


Best Album

Carolina Confessions – Marcus King Band – Almost Transparent Blues – Wliy Bo Walker -High Cost of Low Living – Nick Moss Band – The Divine and Dirty – Kris Barras Band -Never Say Never – Sari Schorr


Best Event/Festival

Ribs en Blues Festival Raalte – Rawa Blues Festival Katowice – Great British R & B Festival Colne – Notodden Blues Festival


Best Radio Show

Cerys Matthews Blues Show – Charlie Hussey Blues Train – Amy Rose Atkinson Bluenotes


Best Magazine/Publication 

Blues Matters (UK) – Blues Magazine (NL)