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”.

Participating Countries at EBC in Brussels 2015

We have received confirmations from countries that will participate at the next European Blues Challenge in Brussels next March. Here is the list :

1. Germany
2. Spain
3. Norway
4. Italy
5. France
6. Finland
7. Belgium
8. Switzerland
9. Luxemburg
10. Sweden
11. Netherlands
12. Austria
13. Croatia
14. Latvia
15. Slovakia
16. United Kingdom
17. Denmark
18. Hungary
19. Romania
20. Poland

We also recall that the number of participants at the next EBC will still be limited to 20 contestants.


by Big Mama Montse

BOK OG BLUESHUSET 1At 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.

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