Young French bass player Charlotte Gutteridge flew to Oslo to reach Notodden to attend Little Steven’s Blues School, thanks to a partnership between France Blues, the European Blues Union and Notodden Blues Festival. She wanted to send us her first comments:
“I’m in a band with three Polish, a singer, a guitarist and a harmonica player, and two Norwegians, another guitarist and a drummer. Our group is called Barbara And The Strangers. Before the workshop, we were asked to work 10 tunes. Among these 10, we chose one to make a cover at our own sauce. It’s Hoochie Coochie Man by Muddy Waters!
We also wrote a tune in a funky James Brown’ style, we added a little gospel at the end. The title? “Funky Vibe”, and we are the first group to record in the Juke Joint Studio, guided by the wonderful Banana, Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul’s musician!
We have already learned many things, the importance of each instrument and the importance of singing, the different ways of playing the Blues, the evolution of Blues over the years … And we learned how to write a piece of Blues.
In the beginning, I did not feel up to it because the musicians present here have a lot of talent. But little by little, I show what I can do and the teachers gave me skills. I think they’re happy to see that I can play what they ask me on the first try.
I am really happy to be here and to participate in this extraordinary school!.
On January 19th the European Blues Union received in Memphis the Keeping The Blues Alive award from the Blues Foundation.
During the ceremony, held by Art Tipaldi, Jay Sieleman, the previous president of the Blues Foundation, introduced our association describing the first steps since 2008 in Italy and the Blues Conferences in Notodden and Hondarribia.
A delegation of the EBU board was present to receive this prestigious award.
We are very proud of promoting the European Blues in USA!
The trophy will be presented at all the EBU members during the General Assembly in Hell on March 17th.
Credit Photo : Sylvie Bosc – www.sylbmonoeil.com
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
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/