European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards

European Blues Awards 2018 – Latest News Update


Voting in the 2018 European Blues Awards will begin at the end of October and last for 7 days. There will be 10 Categories this year that comprise of Best  Band, Best Guitarist, Best Musician (performance), Best Male Vocalist, Best Female Vocalist, Best Solo/Acoustic, Best Festival/Event, Best Album/Recorded Session, Best Radio Show and the Lifetime Contribution Award. All nominees must have played in Europe since November 2017 and no team members/associates or 3 times previous winners are eligible.

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In the meantime we encourage followers of the weekly online Blues twitter forum #BluesHour to post their opinions especially with regard to the extremely broad choice option of Best Album/Recorded Session. There is also the option of emailing a suggestion but as this is not yet the voting process we request that a single message will do. At this time of year we also stress we cannot reply to all individual emails but everything sent will be read and taken into consideration by the team. We look forward to another fantastic vote and thank everyone for their continued and highly valued support.

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European Blues Awards artists at Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival UK 2018

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Amongst an extremely full programme of current and former awards finalists were Lisa Mills who performed on the Main Stage Saturday 25th August

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Along with Marcus Malone and Innes Siburn also on Saturday 25th August

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Then Elles Bailey took the stage on Sunday 26th August during the multi award winning event

(photos courtesy Bluesman Mike Francis)

Latest Awards Presentation News Update


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Finland’s Erja Lyytinen with Best Guitarist 2017 and Denmark’s Blues Overdrive with Best Album 2017 for Overdrive Live

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European Blues Award finalist and festival performer Bex Marshall presents Ruth and Graham of Upton Blues Festival UK their Award for Best Festival 2017 during last month’s event.


Blues Matters awarded European Blues Awards Best Publication 2017

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Editor Alan Pearce recently received the European Blues Award for Best Publication 2017. Seen here with with award and latest 130 page issue, Alan has run the magazine throughout its evolution over many years that includes extensive media support for European festivals and events as well as running a label.

Walter Trout gets his European Lifetime Contribution Award 2017

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In 2017 for the very first time, the participants in the weekly twitter forum #BluesHour were given the job of nominating the winner of Lifetime Contribution in European Blues normally selected by the team. Walter Trout was a very popular choice and is seen here being presented his award by Germany’s Cheri Lyn at the recent Leicester Blues Festival UK. On getting the news in November last year Walter expressed his thanks and was very grateful to be recognised in this way. We would like to thank Solid Entertainments for their assistance with the presentation.

Ryan McGarvey’s dual award presentation in London



Guitarist Ryan McGarvey received 2 European Blues Awards for Best Guitarist 2016 and Best Solo/Acoustic 2017 from Pete Feenstra at London’s Beaverwood Blues Club on Thursday 7th June . Ryan had been unable to tour Europe with his band in 2017 and therefore the 2016 presentation had been delayed. In front of a packed house he accepted both awards and was delighted to be recognised once again by the biggest independent genre vote outside the USA.

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Awards Presentations for 2017 now under way

Beth Hart was presented her European Blues Award for Best Female Vocalist 2017 at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival UK on Saturday of the May Bank Holiday event. Beth won the award in a record vote count and follows up her previous accolade for Best Album with Fire on the Floor in 2016. She was delighted to receive it and thanks all her fans voted in such numbers

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More awards to be presented soon and hope to have the new website online very soon as well

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Blues Matters wins European Blues Award for Best Publication 2017

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Winners of the 37th European Blues Awards 2017 were announced at Manchester Blues Festival on Sunday 26th November and again on Monday evening at the #BluesHour forum on Twitter.

We are delighted to say that Blues Matters Magazine are the WINNERS of BEST PUBLICATION 2017

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A few words from our Editor-In-Cheif – Alan Pearce (Founder & Sole Owner)

“As Blues Matters! approaches it’s landmark 100th issue and pays respect to its beginnings we learn that we have just won the European Blues Awards as best Blues publication for 2017.

Our sincere thanks to those that saw fit to bestow the honour upon us this year, it is always good to know you are watching to see how we do.

Winners announced in all categories are…

Best Album – Blues OverdriveOverdrive Live (DEN)

Best Festival – Upton Blues Festival (UK)

Best Female Vocalist – Beth Hart (USA)

Best Male Vocalist – Ian Siegal (UK)

Best Guitarist – Erja Lyytinen (FIN)

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

Best Publication – Blues Matters Magazine (UK)

Best Solo/Acoustic – Ryan McGarvey (USA)

Best Musician (Performance) – Anthony Gomes (CAN)

Best Band – Thorbjorn Risager and the Black Tornado (DEN)

Lifetime Contribution Award (Awarded by followers of #BluesHour) Walter Trout (USA)

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European Blues Awards Winners Announced at Manchester Blues Festival UK 2017


Winners of the 37th European Blues Awards 2017 were announced at Manchester Blues Festival Sunday 26th November and again on #BluesHour forum on Monday 27th. In a record vote where the Best Album category had highest turnout  ever, this year was a great showing for Denmark and Finland. One category was so close it was quite unbelievable and here is the full list of the voted winners.


Best Album – Blues Overdrive – Overdrive Live (DEN)

Best Festival – Upton Blues Festival (UK)

Best Female Vocalist – Beth Hart (USA)

Best Male Vocalist – Ian Siegal (UK)

Best Guitarist – Erja Lyytinen (FIN)

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

Best Publication – Blues Matters (UK)

Best Solo/Acoustic – Ryan McGarvey (USA)

Best Musician (Performance) – Anthony Gomes (CAN)

Best Band – Thorbjorn Risager and the Black Tornado (DEN)

Lifetime Contribution Award (Awarded by followers of #BluesHour this year)

Walter Trout (USA)


Awards will be presented between February and August 2018

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European Blues Awards Vote 2017

Voting is now closed in 37th European Blues Awards and winners will be announced at Manchester Blues Festival UK on Sunday 26 November before being repeated during a #BluesHour Special on Twitter Monday 27 November 20.00 GMT/21.00 CET/15.00 EST. The Lifetime Contribution Award that this year for the first time has been decided by followers of #BluesHour will also be announced at that time.

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Here for reference are this years finalists;

Best Band

Thorbjorn Risager and the Black Tornado (DEN) – Catfish (UK) – Kaz Hawkins Band (UK) – Band of Friends (EU)


Best Guitarist

Dudley Taft (USA) – Erja Lyytinen (FIN) – Innes Sibun (UK) – Laurence Jones (UK)


Best Male Vocalist

Marcus Malone (USA) – Ian Siegal (UK) – Paul Jones (UK)


Best Female Vocalist

Sari Schorr (USA) – Beth Hart (USA) – Elles Bailey (UK)


Best Solo/Acoustic

Dan Owen (UK) – Bex Marshall (UK) – Gwyn Ashton (UK) – Ryan McGarvey (USA)            Matt Andersen (CAN)


Best Publication

Blues News (NO) – Blues Matters (UK) – Blues Magazine (NL)


Best Album/Recorded Session

Blues Overdrive – Overdrive Live (DEN) – Marcus Malone – A Better Man  (USA) – Walter Trout – We’re All in This Together (USA) – Selwyn Birchwood – Pick Your Poison (USA) – Starlite Campbell Band – Blueberry Pie (UK)


Best Radio Show

Charlie Hussey Blues Train (IRE) – Paul Jones Blues Show (UK) – Blues Moose Radio (NL) Gary Grainger Blues Show (UK)


Best Musician (Performance)

Anthony Gomes (CAN) – Paul Lanb (UK) – Katie Bradley (UK)


Best Festival/Event

Linton Blues (UK) – R & B Festival Colne (UK) – Ribs en Blues (NL) – Relache Festival (FR) Upton Blues (UK)