Thanks to the kind invitation of Swedish Blues Association and Malmo Blues, board members Fred, Pertti and Roser have enjoyed a great experience by joining the Swedish Blues Challenge, a national competition to choose the act which will represent Sweden at the European Blues Challenge in April 2020 in Zaandam (Netherlands). The challenge took place at the huge Clarion Hotel with twenty-five floors and a variety of conference rooms, bars, halls and the comfortable music auditorium where the challenge took place, as well as small Blues Market before the competition.
Three candidates got the final: acoustic blues roots duo Bert Deivert & Brian Kramer, Georg Meggs Quintet with a Chicago blues show and Ore Island Penitentiary Band, led by an spectacular front man. While jury was deliberating, Alain Apaloo from Togo delighted the audience with an intimate show and a deep feeling.
Also EBU vice-president Pertti Nurmi addressed a short speech praising the Challenge good organization and promoting the EBU among Swedish audience.
Finally the winners were announced: Ore Island Penitentiary Band with their unclassifiable front man, a cross between Freddy Mercury and Screamin ‘Jay Hawkins who really surprised the audience and juries.
Congratulations again to the participant musicians, to all members of the Swedish Blues Association and Malmo Blues for the good organization and thanks again for their warm welcome!!!