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
One of our European Blues Challenge awarding festivals, Notodden Blues Festival in Norway, appears in this nice editorial of January issue of Blues Music Magazine.
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.
The 3rd UK Blues Challenge will take place next Saturday November 12th at the Robin 2, to select the band that will come in Denmark next April 2017 for the European Blues Challenge! All info here:http://www.ukblues.org/
The EBU board had a meeting in Hamburg during the special Blues event called Hamburg Blues Night, organized by one of our EBU members, Helge Nickel, active in Germany not only with Eutin Blues Festival.
Here two board Members, Fred and Roser, together with our very kind hosts, Helge and Barbara