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
Photo Timo Happonen From left to right: Olavi Rytkönen, Lauri Ankerman, Esa Kuloniemi, Micke Björklöf, Petri Matero, Davide Floreno, Lena Lindroos, Matti Kettunen, Ykä Putkinen, Jupe Litmanen, Emilia Sisco, Miikka Porkka (Puistoblues)
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.
The Blues Funds of the Tecla Sala Library, the official home of the European Blues Union archives, has received a very important donation from the relatives of Mr. Hugh Lynch who passed away on November 1, 2016 at the Center Fòrum-Parc de Salut Mar in Barcelona, after receiving a music therapy treatment based on the blues, the music that most loved Mr. Lynch. Born in Scotland, Hugh Lynch entered at the hosptital on October 16, 2016 when he was 61, after living 20 years in Barcelona working as an English teacher.
All info can be found here: http://societatbluesbarcelona.org/en/donation-by-hugh-lynch-to-the-blues-funds/
Four bands were playing this week-end at The Robin 2 in Bilston for the 3rd UK Blues Challenge held by the UK Blues Federation, Wille & The Bandits, Dove & Boweevil, Kaz Hawkins and Rebecca Downes. Our EBU Board Member Fred Delforge was invited by the UK Blues Federation as a special guest of the evening!
Huge congratulations to Kaz Hawkins Band, the winners of the 3rd UK Blues Challenge, and thank you to the jury, Alex Butler, Kyla Brox, Peter Noble, Oliver Carpenter, Becky Tate, Mark Housley, Ruth Etheridge for fulfilling that role so well.
During the last edition of the Lucerne Blues Festival, a part of the EBU board, namely Silvio Caldelari, Roser Zumel, Jostein Forsberg, Pertti Nurmi and Davide Grandi, had a very interesting meeting with Paul Benjamin and Barbara Newman, the new CEO of the Blues Foundation from Memphis.