Last 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”.
We have received confirmations from countries that will participate at the next European Blues Challenge in Brussels next March. Here is the list :
16. United Kingdom
We also recall that the number of participants at the next EBC will still be limited to 20 contestants.
by Big Mama Montse
At the end of January Carme Barrera and I decided to go on an adventure and travel to Notodden, a town in Telemark county in southern Norway. The low temperatures didn’t put us off because we knew blues warmed up the town and good friends were waiting for us there. So we were prepared to take plane, bus or train to Notodden to enjoy the inauguration of the imposing cultural center baptized Bok og Blueshuset, meaning “The Book and Blues House”. One of those responsible is Espen Fjelle, musician and driving force of the early Notodden Blues Festivals, and director of the Europas Blues Senter.
Marco Pandolfi Trio will represent Italy at the 4th European Blues Challenge in Riga. Know more about them at http://www.marcopandolfi.com
Fred & The Healers will represent Belgium at the 4th. European Blues Challenge in Riga. Know more about them at http://www.fred-and-the-healers.be/
The first European Blues Expo will soon open its doors at Tecla Sala Library in Hospitalet de Llobregat in Barcelona. The Expo will be open from 19 September to 31 October. Tecla Sala Library is the official home of the European Blues Union Archives and has a Blues Documentary Fund, promoted by the Barcelona Blues Society and individual people. The goal of the exhibition is to illustrate and advertise the activities organized by the EBU such as the European Blues Challenge and the Blues Market. Artists who have provided their photography for this event are Pertti Nurmi (Finland), Alain Hiot (France), Sylvie Bosc (France), Fred Delforge (France), Roser Infiesta (Spain) and Charlie Hussey (Ireland). There will also be plentiful of audiovisual material produced by the Bad Music Blues TV who have recorded the three editions of the European Blues Challenge and have made special TV programs and radio shows about them. Tecla Sala Library has the logistical support of the Municipality of Hospitalet de Llobregat. The Mayor, Ms. Núria Marín is expected to attend the opening event of the European Blues Expo on 19 September at 19:00 together with some Board members of the EBU. Everybody is invited to attend the opening event and visit the Expo!
BIBLIOTECA CENTRAL TECLA SALA
Fondo de Blues / Blues Documentos Unión Europea
Avda. Josep Tarradellas, 44
08901 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona (Spain)
Live broadcast from the IV Int’l Sigulda Blues Festival, Latvia. We are webcasting the event for the first time and hope that everything will run smooth. Actually this webcast also may be considered as pilot project for the forthcoming worldwide webcast of the European Blues Challenge, which will take place in April, 11-12, Riga, Latvia.