The UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) is pleased to announce that the band representing the UK at the 6th European Blues Challenge (EBC), organised by the European Blues Union (EBU) will be Red Butler, winners of the 2nd UK Blues Challenge on Saturday 24th October 2015 at the Boom Boom Club in Sutton, Surrey, jointly promoted and organised by Pete Feenstra Real Music Live and UKBlues. A panel of five judges chosen from across the UK blues community awarded contestants points for the four criteria laid down by the EBU – originality, instrumental talent, vocal talent and stage presence. Red Butler were the winners from a field also including Malaya Blue, The Brothers Groove, and The Katie Bradley Band. The 6th EBC will be held on 8th-9th April 2016 in Torrita di Siena in Tuscany, Italy and will see 20 European bands competing. Previous UK representatives at the EBC have been Ben Poole, 24 Pesos, Babajack, David Migden & the Twisted Roots and Laurence Jones. The recently created UK Blues Federation is honoured to have been appointed by the EBU to run the Challenge and is setting up a crowd funding campaign to assist with Red Butler’s costs in connection appearing at the EBC. Full details will be available soon on the UKBlues website – www.ukblues.org. Ashwyn Smyth – Chair of UKBlues – said: ‘ It has been a lot of hard work to pull both the selection process and the UK Challenge together, but it was all worth it! I am sure that Red Butler are going to do us proud in Italy next year. Our thanks go to Pete Feenstra for all he has done to make the Challenge happen and to the five judges who were faced with making some difficult choices. This has also been a great way to introduce the newly formed UK Blues Federation to the blues community in the UK and we have many plans for the future including, we hope, seeing a UK representative at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. “We hope that many people will want to join UKBlues and help to support us in what we are doing and they can do so by going to our website where there are details of membership types and how you can join.” Alex Butler of Red Butler – www.redbutlermusic.co.uk – said: ’There is huge exhilaration amongst the band at winning the UK Blues Challenge. We put our hearts and souls into the gig against stiff opposition. The immediate reaction from the crowd told us this was something special from the word go. We are thrilled to have a major European event in the calendar for next year.”
Sweden blues is still growing, also after a long tradition started many years ago with the magazine Jefferson and the Goteborg Blues Society, but this year a new milestone has been settled: the first Swedish Blues Challenge was organized in Uddevalla, in a blues club famous for many concerts, not only of local musicians, during the last ten years.
Before the show, in the afternoon, in the beautiful Bohusläns Museum of Uddevalla, a meeting was organized between the most important persons in the Swedish blues scene, all under the supervision of Marie Terrach Beavholm. After the meeting a small conference that we could call the first Swedish Blues Conference took place, and there was the presentation of Davide Grandi from Italy, formerly EBU board member, introducing to the audience how the EBU was born and what has been done so far, as also some of the future projects.
It was underlined that without the work of everyone from every country, the EBU would have no meaning and would be a useless association. One of the aim of the EBU is actually to help the growing in every country of national events and associations, and a first step in this direction has been done here in Sweden.
On September 12th the Swedish Blues Challenge was held in Muddy’s Uddevalla (Kulturhuset Bastionen) and 5 Bands were performing from 7 PM , Moa Blucher Bluesband, Blues Davilles, Virginia & The Skybenders, Ida Bang & The Blue Tears, Patrik Jansson Band. The Jury members were choosen between country experts and were: Sten Ljunggren, (SBA/Jefferson), Nils Lönnsjö, (Åmåls Blues association), Christer Johansson (Uddevalla Blues association), Arne Swedin (Stockholm Blues association), Marie Tarrach Bävholm (Kultur i Väst).
Guest of the evening was Lisa Lystam and Family band, that were the Sweden band on stage during the last European Blues Challenge in Brussels in April 2016. Lisa was literally burning down the house and keeping the attention high enough for let us know the winner’s name.
At the end of the show the Jury from the stage finally declares that the winner was Ida Bang, and, as it should always be, not only the winner was very happy, but also the other bands were so nice to play together and have a real blues party, with everybody jamming and people dancing up to 1 AM.
Dear all, the 6th European Blues Challenge that will be held in Torrita di Siena is approaching and here you can find some practical info to organize your trip!
For accomodation please visit the web page of our local organizer: www.letric.it. Here you can book rooms in hotel, B&B or Agriturismo with prices from 20 to 60 euros/ night
Please remind that ONLY booking through LETRIC you will find:
- Special Blues Fares: the best prices in the whole area
- Flash Blues Shuttle: dedicated transport services from hotels to EBC venue, Blues Market and GA
- Assistance: a dedicated person to help in all your needs, english speaking
- EBC Concert Tickets: guaranteed upon request for each booking
For any request you can use this email: firstname.lastname@example.org
And don’t forget: SPECIAL conditions for band members competing at the Challenge (included free transport from hotel to the venue for both afternoon sound check and evening concert)
Here you can find a promotional video for the 2016 Challenge in Torrita: