Following the kind invitation of Boris Hrepic Hrepa, Director of Thrill Blues Festival in Croatia, our new Board member Dave Raven will visit the festival and promote the EBU over there. Trilj is a small city nearby Split, close to the Cetina river and the host town of the first Thrill Blues Festival in mid-July. This is the first time ever that the Cetinska Krajina Region holds a blues festival. The headliner is Eric Sardinas and Big Motor, and other blues artists playing are Light Under The Black Mountain, Sunnysiders, Hal, Ozone and Dbluz. Lot of activities will be organized: concerts, blues workshop for children, degustation of traditional dishes of Trilj and famous rafting on the Cetina River. Many tourists from Central Dalmatia will come to relax with the expected good weather and enjoy the sounds of blues. The festival Director Boris Hrepić Hrepa is the President of Croatian Blues Forces and, naturally, a member of the European Blues Union. His own band, Sunnysiders, was the first Croatian blues band to reach the semi-finals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
During the weekend of 21-23 April Board members Fred and Roser visited Chorzow in Poland to participate to the Bluestracje Festival. The festival hosted an attractive line-up including Bayou Alligators, Guy Verlinde & the Mighty Gators and Myles Sanko, as well as the wonderful opening of the art exhibition by Danuta Matysik, the “Blues Top 2015” (an award ceremony showcasing the “cream of the Polish blues” with winners of the annual poll conducted among the readers of “Twoj Blues” Magazine), the after party celebration of the 17th anniversary of “Twoj Blues” Magazine and the blues brunch with Boo Boo Davis. Fred and Roser enjoyed the kind hospitality of the whole Matysik family during the whole weekend. It was also a good opportunity to promote the European Blues Union among Polish blues fans.
Andzrej Matysik at the award ceremony
During 4 days, the Eutin BluesFest in North Germany hosted artists from different European countries including Switzerland, Poland, Sweden and Norway, as well as American artists and even Argentines musicians. Lots of discoveries, former finalists of the International Blues Challenge and the European Blues Challenge and of course some headliners such as Trudy Lynn, Jonn Del Toro Richardson and Shawn Holt & The Teardrops played for an audience that has been esteemed to 10,000 people in 4 days, and all for free.
Among the guests were our Polish friends of Twoj Blues, Trond Johnsen of Bluesnews in Norway, Latvian photographer Aigars Lapsa and at least three Board Members of the European Blues Union. A huge thank you to Helge Nickel and Barbara Bloch for this event that has existed for 28 years.
21 blues bands from 21 European countries competed in the beautiful Danish town of Horsens this weekend (March 7-8, 2017). International jury composed of blues professionals chose their favorites:
First Place: Kaz Hawkins Band (United Kingdom)
Second Place: The BluesBones (Belgium)
Third Place: Pascal Geiser Band (Switzerland)
Winners on stage!
European Blues Challenge 2017
The town of Horsens and the local blues association, Blueskartellet, will host the most distinguished blues event of 2017 in Europe, the 7th European Blues Challenge, originally established by the European Blues Union in 2011. The main EBC event will be held on April 7 and 8, 2017 at Forum Horsens, whereas the Blues Market and the General Assembly will take place at FAEnglet in a unique historical setting. Moreover, you will be able to enjoy various music shows at Kubben in the middle of the main street of Horsens.
Nearest airports are Aalborg and Billund, and there’s train connection directly to downtown Horsens. More information at
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As announced from the stage at the International Blues Challenge Finals, from our big sister, the Blues Foundation, the newly produced series of Blues Hall Of Fame podcasts have gone live. Each episode of the podcast, to be released every two weeks for the next year, will feature a different Hall of Famer. We feel confident that our membership will want to know about these podcasts and will be interested in subscribing to them.
Here’s the link: http://bluesfoundation.podbean.com/
THE FINNISH BLUES AWARDS 2017 GALA REWARDED DISTINGUISHED BLUES MUSICIANS
Finnish blues community rewarded distinguished blues musicians on Saturday, 14th January 2016, at Virgin Oil Co. in Helsinki. The Gala took place for the third time.
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Pepe Ahlqvist
- Artist of the Year: Lena & The Slide Brothers
- Newcomer of the Year: Emilia Sisco
- Song of the Year: Lena & The Slide Brothers – The Road You’re On
- Event of the Year: Puistoblues festival
The event was produced by Bluesland Productions Oy.