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


The EBU in Memphis to receive the KBA 2018

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.


Credit Photo : Sylvie Bosc – www.sylbmonoeil.com

8th European Blues Challenge

European Blues Challenge 2018

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.



Nearest airport isTrondheim. More information here: http://ebcinhell2018.no/

And here you can find useful info:

EBU and BF board meeting in Lucerne

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!

EBU is KBA recipient 2018

We are proud and happy to announce that the European Blues Union is recipient of the Keeping The Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation in Memphis.

Keeping the Blues Alive Award

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!


Estonian Blues Challenge Winners

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.

Dutch Blues Challenge

The Dutch Blues Challenge 2017 was organized by the Dutch Blues Foundation, proud member of the European Blues Union since the beginning

Karen with the EBU board representative (Kjell, Winne and Jorden)


Winner category solo/duo Mr. Boogiewoogie  that will go to the IBC in Memphis


Winners Band category: The Ragtime Rumours

UK Blues Awards

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.