Thanks also to the European Blues Union two European students had the opportunity to be invited at the Pinetop Perkins Foundation workshop and really had a great time there!
Guy Smeets and Matt Henderson – Hopson Commissary June 13, 2018
This fantastic experience, lived by Guy Smeets and Matt Henderson, has been possible thanls tp The Pinetop Perkins Foundation and the Dutch Blues Foundation. Another mission accomplished of our Blues For Youth program!!
The EBU president was invited by the UK Blues Federation at the UK Blues Awards 2018 ceremony that took place at the Worthing Pier last May 19th .
Kaz Hawkins, 2017 European Blues Challenge winner, received an Award for the category Blues Act of the Year – Northern Ireland
As one of the main projects of the EBU is the Blues For Youth program, our president, Davide Grandi, together with Ian Siegal that was awarded also as Male Blues Vocalist Of The Year and Acoustic Blues Act Of The year, had the honour to give the award as Young Blues Artist Of The Year to Toby Lee, one of the youngest blues guitar player of the world.
The readers of Polish magazine Twój Blues have voted and selected the European Blues Challenge 2017 (Horsens, Denmark) “The Blues Event Of Year 2017” in their annual poll. The Gala Ceremony took place on 28 April at the Chorzów Cultural Center as part of the festival “Bluestracje”. In addition to unique performances (winners played not with their regular bands, but with other winners), this year edition of the Gala Awards also celebrated its 15th, anniversary.
Pertti and Roser receiving Twój Blues Magazine readers award (photo by Aigars Lapsa)
Our board members Pertti and Roser travelled to Chozów (Poland) to receive the award. The European Blues Union feels really honored for this recognition. We thank the excellent Twój Blues magazine and especially its readers for the award and congratulate the Bluestracje Festival for the amazing organization.
The 8th edition of the European Blues Challenge in Hell was a great success! A fantastic organization and a warm welcome despite of the outside temperature at the Scandic Hotel! The Winners if this edition were:
1st Place: The Ragtime Rumours from The Netherlands
Tom Janssen (acoustic guitar, vocals), Niki van der Schuren (upright-bass), Sjaak Korsten (drums, washboard), Thimo Gijezen (guitar). The Ragtime Rumours (NL) @ EBC, 8th European Blues Challenge 2018, Hell (Norway), 16-17.03.2018. Winners of the EBC2018. (c) Christophe Losberger
2nd Place: The Fried Okra Band from Denmark
Photo by Christophe Losberger
3rd Place: Victor Bacalhau from Portugal
Vítor Bacalhau (guitar, vocals), Luís Trindade (Bass, backing vocals), João Ventura (drums). Vitor Bacalhau (PT) @ EBC, 8th European Blues Challenge 2018, Hell (Norway), 16-17.03.2018. (c) Christophe Losberger
All the bands on Stage:
The Ragtime Rumours, Fried Okra Band, Vitor Bacalhau @ EBC, 8th European Blues Challenge 2018, Hell (Norway), 16-17.03.2018. Winners of the EBC2018. (c) Christophe Losberger
On January 19th the European Blues Union received in Memphis the Keeping The Blues Alive award from the Blues Foundation.
During the ceremony, held by Art Tipaldi, Jay Sieleman, the previous president of the Blues Foundation, introduced our association describing the first steps since 2008 in Italy and the Blues Conferences in Notodden and Hondarribia.
A delegation of the EBU board was present to receive this prestigious award.
We are very proud of promoting the European Blues in USA!
The trophy will be presented at all the EBU members during the General Assembly in Hell on March 17th.
It’s time to go to Hell! In march 2018, the he most distinguished blues event of the year in Europe, the 8th European Blues Challenge, European Blues Challenge will be organized in the vikings part of Norway, in the the town of Hell, where a great festival, Blues in Hell is organized every year. The Blues Festival started back in 1992 and in 2018 it will be the 27th Blues Festival in Hell. Hell Blues Festival 1992-2005, Hell Music Festival 2006-2007, Blues in Hell 2008- Since the start the Festival has arranged close to 2000 concerts, blues in schools, workshops, seminars a.s.o Blues in Hell has more than 300 volunteers with a lot of experience that will be ready work to make the best and most compact EBC ever. The main EBC event will be held on March 16 and 17, 2018 at Scandic Hotel, where also the Blues Market and the General Assembly will take place.
Some members of the European Blues Union board, Davide, Pertti, Silvio and Roser, during last Lucerne Blues Festival 2017, had a very fruitful meeting with two visiting members of the Blues Foundation board, Paul and Jeff. Discussions about a more strict collaboration and some future projects to be followed together were made. Europe and America are working side by side for the Blues!
We will be present in Memphis on January 19 at the Official Ceremony to receive this prize, as a recognition of our work in the past years. European Blues and American Blues are getting closer and closer like brothers and sisters!