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!
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)
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/
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
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.
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