Swing Wespelaar Blues festival celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2017

EBC awarding festival Swing Wespelaar in Belgium celebrates its 30th Anniversary in August!

To commemorate such important date they have prepared an interesting line-up with amazing artists like Jimmy Burns, Popa Chubby, Detonics, The Bluesbones, Kaz Hawkins Band, Chris Cain, Earl Thomas, Bernard Allison Group, Gospel Mass at the Church, featuring gospel choir “Karibuni”, Tensfield, Shawn Holt & The Teardrops, JJ Thames, Billy Branch, Jim Suhler & Monkey Beat andHeritage Blues Orchestra.

Congratulations for their 30 years work and… let’s have a party!

Little Steven’s Blues School

Join it in Notodden this summer!
Hosted by the Notodden Blues Festival, Europas Blues Senter and Steven Van Zandt, the school combines the best instructors in Norway with Master Classes featuring Notodden Blues Festival artists, providing youth with the opportunity to jump start their music careers. Taking place in the days before the Notodden Blues Festival, Little Steven’s Blues School is a creative melting pot where students from all music genres work with song writing, composition, arrangement. The emphasis is on playing in a band, using use of music tools and elements of the Steven Van Zandt’s Rock & Roll Forever Foundation.

Band Camp 1:
For ages 13-18: July 31 – August 5 Price 325 Euro

Band Camp 2:
For ages 19-26: July 29 – August 3 Price 435 Euro

Prices cover all foods, accommodation and instructions, as well as a festival pass to the Notodden Blues Festival!

For more information, see the website http://littlestevensbluesschool.com/en/

Hannes Anrig passed away

With great sadness we have known the demise of our friend, EBU member, artistic Director of the Magic Blues Festival and board member of the Swiss Blues Society, Mr. Hannes Anrig

Last year he was honoured with our Blues Behind The Scenes Award for his tireless work to introduce blues and early jazz in Europe since the early seventies and especially New Orleans music either live or producing for more than fifteen years a series of countless and incredible albums with the top or New Orleans musicians through the record label Blueshouse Productions, as well as organizing meetings and parties with Louisiana musicians all over Switzerland.

At the last EBC in Horsens, he was not in good form, but he had pleasure to be together with the Swiss group who came there.

Rest in peace Hannes, we will miss you.

EBC 2017 Jury Members

Big thanks to the great work of EBC 2017 Jury Members: David Baerst (FR), Louisa McKennel (DK), Mike Vernon (UK), Carlos Malles (ES), Dennis Trevarthen (AUS) and Claude Hastert (LU)


Chicago Blues Camp. Special Offer for EBU Members

Chicago Blues Camp, a unique 5-day camp experience for adult musicians to learn authentic Chicago Blues from leading performers, has a special discount offer for EBU members. Think “camp” without the bug repellent, sunscreen or flashlight. Instead, grab a cool hat, sunglasses and your favourite guitar, bass or harmonica.

They have classes in blues guitar, bass and harp, as well as lecture/workshops on Chicago blues history and legends, evening jam sessions, outings to famous Chicago blues clubs and the old Chess records studio, and a student performance at the Chicago House of Blues. The camp is being held at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with top Chicago blues performers as instructors, guest artists, and staff.  Unlike other workshops or camps, this focuses on the ensemble urban-electric style of blues that developed here in Chicago.

For Chicago Blues Camp attendees, they offer an optional stayover package for the Chicago Blues Festival, the largest free blues festival in the world. Spend the weekend in downtown Chicago, in easy walking distance to Blues Fest, Buddy Guy’s Legends and many other attractions.

The price of the camp is normally $2,195 and the weekend package is $400, but for EBU or blues society members now they are offering this week-long blues package for only $1,995. Just register for the camp online with the discount code “BluesSociety” (no spaces) and get $200 off the price of the camp and a free Chicago Blues Festival weekend stay. A $2,595 value for only $1,995!

Learn more or register today at: www.ChicagoBluesCamp.com


Mariella Tirotto passes away

It is with great sadness we hear about the demise of our member Mariella Tirotto after a long illness
The blues world has lost one of the sweetest, funny, crazy, beautiful and talented people. She celebrated every moment and was a true inspiration. Together with her band, The Blues Federation, she gave the blues and her simpathy all over Europe
She faced her illness with great courage and a positive attitude. Much love to Heins and family..Rest in peace, Mariella Tirotto. We won’t forget you

Alfie Falckenbach, founder of Blues Boulevard / Music Avenue passes away

AlfieWithTrophyIt was with great sadness to hear about the demise of Alfie Falckenbach following a long illness on 1 March 2016.
Deeply involved with Heavy Metal in the beginning of the 1980s he was the founder of the Belgian label “Mausoleum Records” which introduced a number of artists of the genre to European audiences.
Alfie was also founder and singer of the Blues Karloff Band recording two albums with the group.
In 1996 he founded the “Music Avenue” label which published several hundreds of albums in different music styles. He later started the company’s blues label “Blues Boulevard Records” and with his passionate involvement succeeded to refine the Belgian and the whole European blues scene.
In 2015 he was awarded the “Blues Behind the Scenes Award” by the European Blues Union for his commitment and enthusiasm to promote the blues.
The European Blues Union expresses its deepest condolences to Alfie’s family and friends. We will deeply miss him and will not forget his sympathy and involvement in the music in general and the blues in particular!
Photo Credit : Brigitte ‘Bibi’ Lehmann

Veronica & The Red Wine Serenaders new CD!

Veronica & The Red Wine Serenaders_Mexican DressLast June 23rd, came the new anticipated album from Veronica & The Red Wine Serenaders, winners of the 3rd European Blues Challenge in 2013, titled “The Mexican Dress”.  This is the fifth studio album by the italian combo that, over the years, has become an established reality in the European music scene as part of the blues, ragtime, folk and country blues panorama. “The Mexican Dress” was recorded partly in the United States at Pacific Studios in Tacoma, Seattle by Mark Simmons, and partly in Italy at Suonovivo, by Dario Raveli, also responsible for the the final mixing. The result is an amazing and extremely varied job. In the track list for the first time there are some original compositions written by Max De Bernardi and Veronica Sbergia with the help of Denny Hall, leader of the American band The Nite Café, as well as a handful of traditional pieces reproposed with taste and originality, for a total of fourteen tracks plus a “lost track”.