The Finnish national Blues Challenge, jointly organized by the Finnish Blues Society and the Puistoblues Festival, took place on Friday 28 June. The 16 Finnish EBU Active Members had first selected the four finalists out of 15 bands who had originally come forward to enter the competition. Five invited judges, all proficient experts in music, then made the final selection: The winning band, Lumberjacks, will represent Finland at the 10th anniversary European Blues Challenge, EBC-2020, in Zaanstad next April. The band’s main tour-de-forces are strong vocals and hefty Blues content of their music. The EBU Vice-president, Pertti Nurmi, and Finland’s national contact, Aimo Ollikainen, were in charge of counting the votes and taking care that the EBC rules were followed.
(Photo by EBU Active Member, Juha Seila)
For the second year in a row the Vallemaggia Magic Blues Festival is hosting the European Blues Night on August 7th 2019!
Such a pleasure for European Blues Union to see some of the bands of past European Blues Challenge all together on stage! And many other festivals start programming European Blues!!
Radio Saint-Affrique had a special show Bandeboue Blues directed by Ben de Boue, of 51 minutes about the firts 11 finalists of next European Blues Challenge, those playing on March 16 in Hell!
To listen click here!
The Dutch Blues Challenge 2017 was organized by the Dutch Blues Foundation, proud member of the European Blues Union since the beginning
Karen with the EBU board representative (Kjell, Winne and Jorden)
Winner category solo/duo Mr. Boogiewoogie that will go to the IBC in Memphis
Winners Band category: The Ragtime Rumours
Held in Nantes during the jazz festival Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre, the 3rd French Blues Challenge was the opportunity to decide who will represent France at IBC and EBC next year. Gaelle Buswel will be the French act playing as a quartet in Horsens next April. Congratulations to her and many thanks to the jury, including an EBU Board Member, who did a very professional work!
On October 29 there will be the Danish Blues Challenge to select the band that will represent Denmark at the 7th European Blues Challenge 2017.
Eric “Slim” Zahl & The South West Swingers at the Swing Wespelaar Blues Festival in Belgium!