Finnish Blues Challenge 2019

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)