EBC 2021 Cancelled

We regret to inform that due to the escalating situation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are forced to cancel the European Blues Challenge 2021 in Chorzów, Poland.

The European Blues Union and the City of Chorzów will be working together on rescheduling the Polish edition of the EBC to the unforeseen future.

We will let you know as soon as any decisions are made.

 

New Christmas video from Little Steven’s Blues School

Notodden Blues Festival has released a new single and video with students from Little Steven’s Blues School in Notodden. It is a wonderful version of Check Berry’s Christmas classic «Run Rudolph Run».

It is released by Notodden Blues Festival in cooperation with Bluestown Records. The song was recorded and filmed in Notodden’s own Juke Joint Studio. This is youthful Christmas spirit that brings light and a kind of joy that we sure could use towards the end of this «very blue year» of 2020. This is hope for a better year in 2021.
The single is available on itunes and all streaming services.

Here the video:

EBC 2021 Postponed

Dear all, we really hope you and yours are well.

We all know how the pandemic is continuously affecting all planned and scheduled live music activities. We are continuously in contact with the Polish organizers of the EBC 2021, scheduled to be held in Chorzow next March. Unfortunately, we need to let you already now, that it is not realistic to organize the event in the given time frame. We are presently looking at later dates around late spring to early summer 2021.

We will keep you informed and will let you know as soon as we have more detailed information.

Thanking for your understanding.The EBU Board and the EBC 2021 Organizing Committee

 

Suwalki Blues Festival 2021 (Poland) granted by EEA

Suwałki Culture Centre has received a grant of over one and a half million zlotys (354.445,63 euros) from EEA Financial Mechanism program for implementation of the ‘Suwałki Blues Festival – a factor in the social and economic development of the Suwałki municipality’. Their partner is Notodden Blues Festival.

The main objective in this project is to expand the Suwalki Blues Festival with the thanks to cooperation with the Norwegian partner which, in the long term, will turn into social and economic development. They will be able to organize the future 14th edition of Suwałki Blues Festival 2021. It will be a special edition dedicated to Polish and Norwegian cooperation. During the festival, they will organize over 26 blues concerts, Polish Blues Challenge contest, workshops, joint concert, and a Blues Playground for the youngest blues fans. All of this will conclude with a Suwałki Blues Festival CD, which will promote the project.

The organizers of Suwałki Blues Festival –one of the biggest open-air blues festivals in Poland-, are convinced that the future edition of the festival will be unique. They invite all blues fans, supporters and friends of the festival to the event in 2021!

Congratulations! This is a good example of blues cooperation across borders and that the blues is active and alive in Europe!

EBU MASKS AGAINST COVID

All our members have received a Mask with the EBU logo, a small present and a small step against Coronavirus, with the hope that we will soon be back to our “normal” life and blues music will fill all events that has been cancelled/postponed. As EBU board we are in the front line and we wish to send you the warmest hugs and kisses with these pictures!

Davide Grandi – EBU President

Pertti Nurmi – EBU Vice President 

Winne Penninckx – EBU Treasurer

Roser Infiesta, Mrs. Zúmel – Secretary

 

Marie Tarrach Bävholm – EBU Board member

Fred Delforge – EBU Board Member

Kjell Inge Brovoll – EBU Board Member

Jorden Wouter – Special EBU Assistant 

Open Air Blues in Romania

Held at the foot of the Nemira Mountains, the first edition of the Open Air Blues in the garden festival meant two days of concerts with five bands a day, eight from Romania and two from Serbia: Szabo Zsolt Quintet, Marcian Petrescu and Night Train, Mike Godoroja & Blue Spirit, Iris-Nelu Dumitrescu and Rares Totu Midnight Sun on the first day, and The Southern Cockroaches, Ana Radzic & Blue Family Reunion Band, Sir Blues Vali Răcilă, Florin Giuglea Trio and AXiS on the second day. The motto of the 2020 festival was #LegendsNeverDies

Twenty volunteers ensured the smooth running of the event, from public access – where an epidemiological triage was carried out, taking into account the Covid-19 pandemic, to welcoming the artists and providing accommodation and dining facilities for them, as well as permanent collaboration with local authorities and security and order services.

The musical art was combined with the gastronomic art, at the same time with the blues festival, taking place an exhibition of traditional products, eco and bio, made in the households of the peasants from  Troșului Valley.

We look forward to seeing you at the second edition of 2021, which will take place on August 27, 28 and 29, and the evening of August 28, 2021 is a special one, which we have entitled “Ladies’ Night.”

Corona Time

Corona Time is the new video from Spoonful Of Blues. The song was written while the world was in lockdown, and recorded live in Juke Joint Studio when Norway opened up a little and the regulations in Norway allowed us to do so. Corona Time is dedicated and recirded in solidarity with everyone affected by the ingoing pandemic. People around the world suffer from Covid-19, and it is at this time by no means over. Norway is doing better now, but in many countries the infection is still increasing. This is about the blues we all experience and have in common right now. We hope and pray that things are going to be well and that we all will return to normal soon.

Corona Time is written by Jostein Forsberg and Morten Omlid. It is engeneered by Baard Gunnar Moe and filmed by Halvor Halvorsen and Anne Lene Nordboe. All in Juke Joint Studio, Notodden, Norway. The video is made by Halvor Halvorsen.

Spoonful Of Blues are:

  • Jostein Forsberg: vocals, harmonica
  • Morten Omlid: guitar
  • Tony Caddle: bass
  • Eskil Aasland: drums

The audio single is released across all digital platforms by Bluestown Records on Friday July 3.

EBU Membership Fee

Because of the exceptional Covid-19 circumstances, the EBU will extend the present membership with one year. The current 2020 memberships will continue until the end of 2021. Consequently, members who join(ed) in 2020 will enjoy a membership until the end of next year. Why do not consider to become now a member and extend your new membership to the end of 2021? In this way you will take advantage of it and help us to continue promoting the blues during these real difficult times. Read more at: https://www.europeanbluesunion.com/membership-rules/