European Blues Awards

Categories, Nominees & Voting Method for European Blues Awards

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

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