European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards

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)


Voting Begins in the 36th European Blues Awards 2016

We are delighted to announce that voting has begun in the 36th European Blues Awards. See listed finalists below and place your votes before close of play on Wednesday 9th November. Voting is open to all and although volume is expected to far exceed all previous levels, some categories are notoriously closely fought. Results will be announced on Saturday 12th of November 2016 at the Tenby Blues Festival, Wales UK. There will also be a special #BluesHour session on Twitter Monday 14th November – please follow @blueshour for more information.

Thanks to the hundreds of nominations that we received and for your continued support that has made the European Blues Awards the biggest genre accolade outside the USA. As usual there will be a further Award made for Lifetime Contribution to European Blues which will be the choice of the European Blues Awards team.

Best Album/Recorded Session

Fire on the Floor – Beth Hart (USA)

Coming Home – Julian Sas (NL)

A Force of Nature – Sari Schorr (USA)

Rise up from the Ashes – Ulrich Ellison (AT/USA)

Breaking Free – Layla Zoe (Can)

Best Radio Show

Ashwyn Smyth – Digital Blues (EU)

Gary Grainger – The Blues Show (GB)

Tim Aves – The Blues is Back (GB)

Paul Jones – Radio 2 Blues Show (GB)

Best Magazine/Publication

Blues Magazine (NL)

Blues Matters (GB)

Blues in Britain (GB)

Blues News (NO)

Best Festival/Event

Blues on the Farm (GB)

Great British R&B Festival Colne (GB)

Ribs en Blues (NL)

Gevarenwinkel Festival (BE)

Best Vocalist

Layla Zoe (Can)

Sari Schorr (USA)

Lisa Mills (USA)

Best Guitarist

Ryan McGarvey (USA)

Laurence Jones (GB)

Joanne Shaw Taylor (GB)

Danny Bryant (GB)

Best Solo/Acoustic

Dave Arcari (GB)

Bex Marshall (GB)

Eddie Martin (GB)

Matt Andersen (CAN)

Best Musician (Performance)

Julian Sas (NL)

Dale Storr (GB)

Paul Lanb (GB)

Best Band

Wilko Johnson Band (GB)

Band of Friends (EU)

Tedeschi Trucks Band (USA)

Tommy Castro and the Painkillers (USA)


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!