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!
The Estonian Blues Challenge 2017 was organized by Blues Estonia. The winning band of the first-ever challenge was Tammepõld, Roots & Kadakas. The trio features multi-award-winning guitarist Andres Roots, whose skills can be heard on over 50 LPs, singles and other releases, while his music has received airplay on five continents. Joining forces with Roots is singer Mikk Tammepõld, a local favorite previously known for his band Dramamama. The professional jury included Enn Vei (Tartu Blues Club), Henrik Ehte (Estonian Funk Embassy) and Peep Kallas (Blues Estonia).
Second place was awarded to old-school blues rock group Hilbert’s Problems.
The evening also featured special guest The Queen of Spades, lead by Oskar Malleus (guitar & vocals), who participated in EBC2017 as a member of Rene Paul Blues Band.
The UK Blues Federation, member of European Blues Union is pleased to announce that they are putting in place the UK Blues Awards to commence in 2018 to give the blues community in the UK the opportunity to recognise and applaud those involved with the blues in the UK.
The winners of the German Blues Challenge 2016 and Semi finalists in Memphis: “Chris Kramer & Beatbox`n`Blues“ have released a Video Clip in Memory of the great Bo Diddley on Facebook and Youtube. The video is released to mark the date June the 2nd, the day of Bo´s death that has its 9th anniversary in 2017, and it should serve as a reminder of our heroes that inspired us to make music ourselves, organize concerts and festivals and to just plain love music.
Very early on Bo Diddley has taken the Blues in a modern direction and with his music he build bridges to other musical genres. Today the German formation „Beatbox`n`Blues“ attempts to build a bridge from Blues to Hip Hop so a new generation can discover that music we all love so much, without forgetting about the old heroes.
Remember the great Bo Diddley together with Chris Kramer & Beatbox`n`Blues
Great Videoclip in memory of the one and only BO DIDDLEY who passed away on June 02. in 2008 and inspired more than one Generation of musicians all over the world.