LA HORA DEL BLUES
European Blues Union

 

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ABIERTO EL PERIODO DE INSCRIPCION PARA LA SELECCION DE LA FORMACION QUE REPRESENTARA A ESPAÑA
EN EL 9º EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE 2019

La 9º edición del European Blues Challenge se realizará en las Islas Azores (Portugal), en el Coliseu Micaelense de Ponta Delgada – S. Miguel, el 4, 5 y 6 de abril de 2019. En el mismo emplazamiento está previsto que tenga lugar también el European Blues Market.

 

Los tickets para el evento europeo ya están a la venta en: https://ticketline.sapo.pt/es/evento/european-blues-challenge-36333

Mas información en www.europeanbluesunion.com

El proceso de selección de los concursantes que representarán a España se realizará con la ayuda del CONSEJO DE ASESORES y bajo la supervisión de la Societat de Blues de Barcelona.
Las formaciones musicales que deseen ser candidatas a concursar en el EBC2019 deberán leer con detenimiento las BASES DEL CONCURSO, seguir con el protocolo descrito en las mismas y comprometerse a cumplir con los requisitos especificados.
El plazo para inscribirse será entre los días 3 de septiembre y 12 de octubre 2018 en https://concursoebc.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EBC 2017 AWARDED BY THE READERS OF TWÓJ BLUES MAGAZINE IN POLAND


The readers of Polish magazine Twój Blues have voted and selected the European Blues Challenge 2017 (Horsens, Denmark) “The Blues Event Of Year 2017” in their annual poll

The Gala Ceremony took place on 28 April at the Chorzów Cultural Center as part of the festival "Bluestracje" with an attractive line-up of artists. In addition to unique performances (winners played not with their regular bands, but with other winners), this year edition of the Gala Awards also celebrated its 15th, anniversary.

Board members Pertti and Roser travelled to Chozów (Poland) to receive the award. The European Blues Union feels really honored for this recognition. We thank the excellent Twój Blues magazine and especially its readers for the award and congratulate the Bluestracje Festival and especially the Matysik family for the amazing organization.

 

 

 

 

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THE RAGTIME RUMOURS from NETHERLAND
WINNERS OF THE EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE 2018 in HELL (Norway)

It was an amazing week end in Hell (Norway), meeting so many people. We really enjoyed the superb organization, the three excellent days of blues and also of friendship and joyful meetings with friends coming from all over Europe.

We could see a high level European Blues Challenge with excellent bands, artists and musicianship coming from all over Europe. We want to express our big thanks and congratulate winners and all participants.

With the Blues Behind the Scenes Awards we wanted to recognize selected European individuals and organizations that have worked actively and made significant contributions in the past to advance the blues in Europe. This year the EBU awarded Maiju Lasola representing Blues News Magazine, Finland in Media category, Thomas Ruf (Ruf Records GermanyI in Production category and Louis Van Haef (Peer Blues Festival (Belgium) in Promotion category. It was also given an special award for his outstanding contribution to Jean Guillermo (France Blues Society).


Blues Behind The Scenes Ceremony
Maiju Lasola (Blues News Mag. Finland), Thomas Ruf (Ruf Records Germany), Louis Van Haef (Peer Blues FestivalI) & Jean Guillermo (France Blues). Photos By Christophe Losberger

The European Blues Expo this year presented the posters of last EBC editions as well as beautiful blues related paintings by Danuta Matysik. The successful Blues Market in now consolidated as a unique opportunity to establish lots of new contacts and relationships.


Blues Market

Moreover, new project ideas were brought up at the General Assembly to be considered and implemented as future activities of the EBU. We were really honored to receive the Keeping The Blues Alive Award from Barbara Newman, president of The Blues Foundation in Memphis, that recognizes the EBU for its task to promote blues in Europe.


EBU General Assembly. EBU Board receiving the KBA Award

Some of us also enjoyed on Thursday the opening blues night with a Norwegian Blues Showcase featuring the two previous Norwegian EBC winners Rita Engedalen (2012) and Eric Slim Zahl (2016)

Congratulations to the local organizers in Hell for such an amazing organization!

Also our big congratulations to THE RAGTIME RUMOURS (Netherland), 2018 EBC Winners! Also congratulations to FRIED OKRA (Denmark) and VITOR BACALHAU (Portugal), second and third classified!!

The Ragtime Rumours (Netherland), Fried Okra (Denmark) & Vitor Bacalhau (Portugal),
Winners, second & third classified at EBC 2018. Photo by Christophe Losberger


The Ragtime Rumours (Netherland), winners of the EBC 2018 in Hell (Norway)

Besides receiving this magnificent recognition the winners are awarded performing at the following festivals:

• Blues in Hell, Norway
• Hondarribia Blues Festival, Spain
• Lucerne Blues Festival, Switzerland
• Notodden Blues Festival, Norway
• Sierre Blues Festival, Switzerland
• Swing Wespelaar. Belgium

Moreover, their prize includes a half-day recording session at the Juke Joint Studio in Notodden.

A special mention to our Spanish representants JOHNNY BIG STONE & THE BLUES WORKERS who, although some sound problems, did a great show too and were really recognized during the jam session after Challenge first night!!

Personally speaking I really enjoyed the shows by Ed & Gators from Belgium,
Joakim Tinderholt & His Band from Norway, Dobre Rano Blues Band from Czeck Republic and Vitor Bacalhau from Portugal, but tastes are always very different and it must be pointed out that all participants did excellent high level performings to satisfy totally different blues sensibilities.

Of you were not able to attend the Challenge and you want to listen or download a song of all participant bands, please visit https://www.dropbox.com/sh/1d5tfyidrpjknlq/AADam7DaxHEcqMnYXu44Lch5a?dl=0 or
http://bit.ly/HellEBC2018

With the amazing days spent on Hell still in mind, you are already looking forward to next year Challenge in Azores!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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THE EUROPEAN BLUES UNION AMONG THE "KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE" RECIPIENTS!
14 November 2017

The Blues Foundation has just announced the 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Award Recipients and, as EBU board member, me and the rest of the board, are extremely proud and happy to announce that the Blues Union is one of them!

In conjunction with the 2018 International Blues Challenge, The Blues Foundation will honor 12 individuals and organizations with its 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards during a recognition luncheon Friday, January 19, 2018 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Doubletree Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee.
The EBU will be proudly represented by our President, Davide Grandi.

As determined by a select panel of blues professionals, the KBA Awards are presented annually, honoring those who make significant contributions to the genre.

Other 2018 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are:

Gary and Gillian Atkinson
Jonas Bernholm
Blues Society of Omaha
Byron Bay Blues Festival
Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival
Lucky Clark
Tim Fik
Brian Kelm
Poor House Bistro
Albertina Wassenhove
Rueben Williams

More info: https://blues.org/keeping-the-blues-alive-award/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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8th EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE
Hell (Norway). 15-17 March 2018

8th EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE
BLUES BEHIND THE SCENES AWARDS
EBU GENERAL ASSEMBLY
BLUES MARKET
BLUES EXPO

Hell, Norway, 15 - 18 March 2018

 

An important weekend to mark in red in your calendars: The most distinguished blues event of 2018 in Europe, the 8th edition of the European Blues Challenge, originally established by the European Blues Union in 2011. This blues extravaganza will be organized in collaboration with the famous Blues in Hell Festival. There will also be the EBU General Assembly, the Blues Market, The Blues Expo, awarding ceremony of the Blues Behind The Scenes Awards, as well as a Norwegian blues night (on the opening Thursday evening).

 

All events will take place conveniently at a single location, the Scandic Hell hotel, a high quality hotel just five minutes away from the Trodheim airport.


The administrative centre of the municipality is the town of Stjørdal (also called Stjørdalshalsen) with a population of c. 25 000. It is a cosy small town with shops, restaurants, pubs, bars and also the region’s biggest shopping centre. The village of Hell is only 3 km from Stjørdal. Hell is specifically known for its train station, Hell Station, where you can find an old sign stating, in Norwegian, “Gods Expedition” (meaning "Cargo handling"). The history of Stjørdal–Hell goes all the way back to the “Viking” times, more than 1000 years ago. The old town church was built around 1100. Stjørdal is also the location of the Steinvikholm Castle, the residence of Norway's last Catholic arch bishop, Olav Engelbrektsson. The castle is located on the Skatval peninsula, only 8 km away from the town centre. The Hegra Fortress is located in the central part of the municipality. It was used as a defence against the Swedish army in past history and, later, the fortress was in use during World War II.

 
HOW TO ARRIVE TO HELL:

 


Main flights to Trondheim


ACCOMODATION:


Scandic Hotel

 

Scandic Hotel will be the headquarters of all events. It is an excellent 5-star hotel next to the Trondheim airport with 375 rooms, top bar, top restaurant and THE Best Hotel Breakfast in Norway!

 


Breakfast & Restaurant at Scandic Hotel

 

Venues in Scandic Hotel



PRE-EBC OPENING BLUES NIGHT – Norwegian Blues Showcase

Thursday, 15 March
Opening night–Welcome show and After party.
The two previous Norwegian EBC winners Rita Engedalen (2012) and Eric Slim Zahl (2016) will play during the welcome event at Vertigo Bar.


EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE
(EBC)

Friday and Saturday - 16 and 17 March
Location: Hell Amfi

 

 

Hell Amfi. Scandic Hotel



EBU GENERAL ASSEMBLY (GA)
Saturday, 17 March

All our Active Members are entitled and warmly welcome to this annual General Assembly, where important issues regarding EBU past and future activities will be jointly discussed and agreed upon.


EBU BLUES MARKET:

Saturday, 17 March

The Blues Market, as before, is an exclusively tailored, unique and free opportunity for all EBU Members to present their activities in an informal setting, to meet, interact and communicate with other blues professionals, artists, media and enthusiasts from all over Europe. Not to mention our expected overseas blues professionals and friends. The EBU will reserve a stand (table) at your disposal, where you can post your presentation, publications and advertising materials on display. This space is dedicated only to you, distinguished EBU Active Members. Please act fast as space is limited and it will be strictly first-come-first-served. You can fill the online subscription form at

http://www.europeanbluesunion.com/blues-market-2018-subscription-form/

Important: The one and only prerequisite is that you have renewed your EBU membership fee for 2018.

We are expecting many blues friends to attend the EBC and the Blues Market, so why not benefit this opportunity by presenting and advertising your professional blues portfolio to possibly the largest gathering of European blues enthusiasts in 2018. We are expecting more than 50 exhibitors to be present. Be one of them. Remember, it’s all free for you, Active Member of the EBU.
 

BLUES EXPO

It is in our plans to organize the 6th European Blues Expo exhibition during the three days of the EBC. This is still in a planning phase, but we’ll keep you updated when we have more news.
 

THE WEEKEND TIMELINE

Thursday, 15 March

19:00: Badges and bracelets distribution at hotel reception area

20:00 - 01:00: Norwegian Blues Showcase - Opening night– Welcome show and after party. Location: Vertigo Bar – Scandic Hotel

The two previous Norwegian EBC winners Rita Engedalen (2012) and Eric Slim Zahl (2016) will play during the welcome event at Vertigo Bar. EBU members have free entrance with member bracelet.
 

Friday, 16 March

12:00 –16:30 Membership, partner and EBU badge pick-up at the EBC registration desk

13:00 –16:30 Meet & Greet with the EBC artists – Networking at the Vertigo Bar

17:00 –18:30 Dinner for EBU members and their partners who have ordered the EBC arrangement (drinks not included) at Scandic Hell Restaurant

EBC 1st night playing order – Please be there on time:

18:45 Welcome by MC Robert Sætervik & Mayor of Hell
19:00 Hungary                     SoulFool Band
19:30 France                        Kathy Boyé & The DTG Gang
20:00 Netherlands               The Ragtime Rumours
20:30 Spain                           Johnny Big Stone & The Blues Workers
21:00 UK                                 LaVendore Rogue
21:30 Poland                         Kraków Street Band
22:00 Luxembourg              The Heritage Blues Company
22:30 Estonia                        Tammepõld, Roots & Kadakas
23:00 Germany                     Greyhound’s Washboard Band
23:30 Finland                        Slim Butler & The Slim Cuts
24:00 Slovakia:                    Kiero Grande
00:30 - 02:30 After party Vertigo Bar–Scandic Hell- The Big Blues Jam


Saturday, 17 March

08:00 – 8:30: Blues Market mounting stands

08:30 – 9:30: Registration of participants for the General Assembly (please be on time)

09:30 - 12:30 EBU General Assembly

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch for EBU members and their partners who have ordered the EBC arrangement (drinks not included) at Scandic Hell Restaurant

13:30 – 14:00: Blues Market mounting stands

14:00 – 17:00: The International Blues Market

17:00 – 17:30: Dismantling of the Blues Market stands

17:45 - 18:45 Dinner for EBU members and their partners who have ordered the EBC arrangement (drinks not included) at Scandic Hell Restaurant

EBC 2nd night playing order – Please be there on time:

19:00 Romania                     AXiS
19:30 Switzerland               Amaury Faivre Duo
20:00 Portugal                     Vitor Bacalhau
20:30 Denmark                    Fred Okra Band
21:00 Belgium                      Ed & The Gators
21:30 Norway                       Joakim Tinderholt and His Band
22:00 Czech Republic         Dobre Rano Blues Band
22:30 Sweden                      Julia & The Basement Tapes
23:00 Italy                            Don Leone
23:30 Austria                        Kutscher’s Blues Band
00:00 Announcement of the Blues Behind the Scenes (BBS) Award winners
00:15 Announcement of the Winners followed by the Winners on stage & jam
01:00 - 02:30 After party at Vertigo Bar - Scandic Hell. The Big Bluesjam

The performances will be judged based on following criteria:

- Originality
- Instrumental Talent
- Vocal Talent
- Stage Presence
- Blues Content

Prize awards to the Winners - The awards include performing at the following confirmed festivals:

· Sierre Blues Festival, Switzerland, July
· Hondarribia Blues Festival, Spain, July
· Blues Peer, Belgium, July
· Notodden Blues Festival, Norway, August
· Swing Wespelaar, Belgium, August
· Blues in Hell, Norway, September
· Blues Heaven Festival, Denmark, November
· Lucerne Blues Festival, Switzerland, November

Moreover, the prize includes a half-day recording session at the Juke Joint Studio in Notodden during their festival dates.

 

 

 

 

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EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE. HELL (NORWAY). 15/17 March 2018
Presentation of Participant Bands

Here are the introduction to all great artists representing their home countries at the 8th edition of the European Blues Challenge in Hell (Norway) between 15 and 17 March 2018.
21 countries will be represented by these good bands during an amazing Challenge you don’t have to miss!!
More information and music to download at https://www.dropbox.com/…/ja2pwy…/AAC-jq2_bFx1zpRDz02ALIi5a


Austria (AT):
Kutscher’s Blues Band 

Kutscher’s Blues Band succeed in blending the rock-spirit of the 1960s and 1970s with sounds that Rage Against The Machine, Muse or Mando Diao are famous for. That’s why the band’s music attracts both fans of the blues-rock genre and lovers of classic-rock and pop-acts.
Virtuosic guitar riffs go hand in hand with marvellous song writing and gorgeous lyrics.
The band manages to tear down the walls between different genres of music, typical elements of blues-rock mingle with elements of classic-and alternative-rock.
Kutscher’s Blues Band is already a popular part of the Viennese (blues-) rock-scene. In 2016, they played a big show at the “Donauinselfest“ (one of Europe’s major music open air-festivals) or as support band for Ryan McGarvey at the Vienna Blues Spring. In 2017, they acted as opener of the first Rory Gallagher Tribute Festival Vienna and as support for Rob Tognoni.
They released their album “The KE Sessions” on 13 October 2017

Stephan Kutscher (Guitar/Vocals)
Consti Hoeffinger (Bass)
Reinhard Hoebart (Drums)
 

Belgium (BE):
Ed And The Gators

This is an all-round great blues band. A concert of these guys takes you through the history of the Blues. Besides this they perform a number of covers in their own style and arrangement and they also have written many original songs. Their set takes you from raw Chicago Blues thru West-Coast Swing to funky New-Orleans stuff varied with a more heavy Texan Shuffle and older Country Blues
Their motto: “you name it, they play it”
All of this is brought you by four established musicians who have honed their craft over the years with various bands. Together they have found the magic

Ed De Smul: Vocals, Harmonica, Guitar
Arne Demets: Guitar
Stefan Boret: Bass
Johan Guidee: Drums

 

Czech Republic (CZ):
Dobre Rano Blues Band

Dobre Rano Blues Band (Good morning blues band) is a Czech-American trio which plays acoustic blues which has its origin by the Mississippi river. The band was formed in 2012. Currently DRBB features Brynn Stephens from California, singer and harmonica's player, then Vít Kopecký who plays the 12 strings acoustic guitar and Vladislav Sosna, drummer and washboard player.
Dobre Rano Blues Band regularly plays at music festivals and clubs across Europe and so far they have played more than 800 concerts. In the past they played on a tour with American guitar player Alex Schultz and Crazy Hambones band.
The band cooperates with Galén publishing and has recorded three albums (Live, Bluesgrass, Blues Before Breakfast) which have received high praise from professional critics and public.
Their concerts are known for their show full of energy, playfulness and awesome instrumentals performances.

Brynn Stephens, harmonica, vocals
Vít Kopecký, 12 strings acoustic guitar
Vladislav Sosna, drums and washboard
 

Denmark (DK):
Fried Okra Band

The music of Fried Okra might be called alternative blues. Originally Fried Okra was very much inspired by the Hill Country blues of the North Mississippi. The first album This is Your Chance France, Baby! both featured traditional covers and songs of the Hill country bluesmen like RL Burnside, Kenny Brown or Robert Belfour.
Today Fried Okra’s repertoire is all original. The sound still has some Mississippi vibe in it but there’s a lot of Copenhagen there too. The idea is still to keep it simple. In 2016, Fried Okra changed to the current set-up of a guitar-bass-and drums-trio adding the one string diddley bo on the side.

Morten Lunn, guitar, diddley bo, lead vocals
Thomas Crawfurd, drums, percussion, second vocals
Anders Wallin, bass, second vocals
 

Estonia (EE):
Tammepõld, Roots & Kadakas

By chance, the first time that Tammepõld, Roots & Kadakas played together as a trio was at the Estonian Blues Challenge; they won both the overall competition and the Best Guitarist prize for Roots. But then both Tammepõld and Kadakas have worked with Roots before, with the combination of Anneli's drums and Andres' guitar dating back all the way to 1996. A popular solo artist, Mikk Tammepõld is best known to blues fans as the front man of Dramamama, while Anneli Kadakas has made her reputation working with top bands as varied as Rock Hotel and Rasta Orchestra. Dubbed "the King of Estonian Blues" by the press, Andres Roots has toured extensively in Europe and topped the Estonian album charts in 2016 with his "Roots Music" LP.http://www.andresroots.com/  

Mikk Tammepõld – vocals, guitar
Andres Roots – guitar
Anneli Kadakas – drums
 

Finland (FI):
Slim Butler

Slim Butler hails from the unfamiliar hot bed of Finland´s blues scene, Rovaniemi, way up north. Slim was born 54 years ago as Jarmo Puhakka in this small Arctic Circle town. Ever since picking up his first guitar at the tender age of 12, he’s been fronting local bands, always leaning towards blues, soul and rock.
While Slim is showcasing his talents as a guitarist, he is  also handling vocal duties on stage. Slim’s backing band, The SlimCuts consists of badass, hardcore veterans of Finland’s roots music scene; guitarist Harri Raudaskoski, drummer Jartsa Karvonen and Mikko Löytty on bass.
Slim Butler has released two seriously hip-sounding albums: Slim Butler’s Inner Blues and Bad Intention, respectively. Debut album Inner Blues (2012) was produced by Gentle Giant of The Blues, guitarist and producer Otis Grand from UK. Slim’s equally acclaimed, self-produced sophomore set Bad Intention was released in 2016. Both albums include an impressive collection of original songs from this guitar slinger. Breaking new ground sonically with styles ranging from blues, soul, funk to a Hendrixian vibe, Slim Butler has raised some hell and interest among blues communities all over.
www.slimbutler.com

Jarmo “Slim” Puhakka: guitar, vocals
Harri Raudaskoski: guitar
Jartsa Karvonen: drums
Mikko Löytty: bass


France (FR):
Kathy Boyé & The DTG Gang

¡A Blues Universe with a Soul touch!.
A groovy blues sung with soul by Kathy Boyé and picked up without compromise by her musicians. If her musical tastes attract her towards music like the blues / gospel and soul, she hasn’t forgotten her roots and likes to compose in English and in her mother tongue. She has been sharing the stage with her "heartfelt"! group Mister Tchang, on guitar, Daniel TBone Stec on  the organ, Pascal Celma on bass guitar, and Fabien Tournier on the drums. For many years, sharing the stages where Blues, soul, and rhythm & blues intersect so naturally, defies any attempt at labeling.
For her, music is absolute Emotion, Sincerity and Colors...
Very visceral, a deep voice and sometimes the harmonica supported by all the DTG Gang ! This concert alternate deep soulful songs and rock blues electric songs, managed by the indomitable Mister Tchang. Two hours, where you will sing, shout, dance, you will be taken and transported in the South of the United States, where Kathy stayed for a long time.
http://www.kathyboye.com/

Kathy Boyé  Vocals - Harmonica
Mister Tchang  Guitar – Vocals – Back up vocals
Daniel TBone Stec  Keyboard – Organ - Back up vocals
Pascal Celma Bass - Back up vocals
Fabien Tournier   Drums - Back up vocals
 


Germany (DE):
Greyhound’s Washboard Band

Greyhound´s Washboard Band is a German-based trio that uses musical instruments from the past including resonator guitars, washboard and a one hundred year old bass drum to create their own roots-influenced blues sound. The band’s repertoire consists mostly of their original blues songs, from autobiographical to bitingly topical, but of course they can play all those classic tunes from the Delta! Their performing style has a back-porch intimacy that draws you in and a driving energy that makes you want to dance all night.
Greyhound George’s mastery of the Delta slide guitar is matched by his delicate Piedmont picking. Andy Grünert’s harmonica licks accentuate the authentic old-time feel of Greyhound’s guitar work. Washboard
Wolf lays down the rhythm on a unique “groove machine” consisting of vintage washboard, bass drum and many more little things that he found along the road...

Greyhound George, vocals guitar
Washboard Wolf, washboard, percussion
Andy Grünert, harmonica, vocals

www.washboardband.de
http://greyhound-george.weebly.com/greyhoundacutes-washboard-band.html

 

Hungary (HU):

SoulFool Band

At the end of 2013 Attila Suba, a Hungarian blues singer founded the "SoulFool" band. They charm their audience with an energetic, unique and dynamic style, rooted in New Orleans. In their own songs they are mixing the blues, the soul and the gospel with a groovy feeling, the vibes of love and life joy. It is still a young group but in the past year they played over 150 club concerts and dozens of festivals in Hungary and across Europe and Asia.

Attila Suba - vocal
Mate Hebenstreit - keyboard
Bence Taborszky - trumpet
Balázs Raboczki - saxophone
Zsolt Krecsmáry - drums
Erik Heller - bass

http://www.soulfoolband.com
 

Italy (IT):

Don Leone

 

Don Leone is a blues duo raised in 2016 down in south west Sardinia.

Donato Cherchi and Matteo Leone bring their experiences in a raw blues project with a voice, a guitar and a vintage suitcase.

Don Leone played in some important blues festivals like Narcao Blues, Rocce Rosse, Mojo Station Blues Festival.

They won the Italian Blues Challenge 2017.

Their EP called “Welcome To South West” is sold out and they are writing their first LP

Donato Cherchi: vocals
Matteo Leone: guitar / kick / charleston / vocals

 

Luxembourg:
The Heritage Blues Company

In 2006, Marco (bass) and Mario (guitar) set up The Heritage Blues Company (THBC), named after the Heritage guitar Mario was playing at the time. They play their first gigs in small local bars. Mario, an excellent versatile guitar player, is at this time more or less surrounded by beginners. From there, the band's line-up keeps evolving continuously. In 2008, Rob, a proven blues drummer, boosts the band. Energetic and radiant vocalist Chantal joins in 2013. Her powerful voice soon makes her the front woman of The Heritage Blues Company. The band moves on and keeps on rolling through numerous concerts, from smaller venues to larger events and festivals. With it's particular blues-rock touch, THBC plays the most diverse forms of the blues, grooving from boogie to funk. In 2016, Christian, an experienced blues and boogie pianist, completes the line-up.

Chantal Gottschalk, vocals
Mario Jung, guitar / vocals
Christian Ries, keybord / vocals
Marco Schwickerath, bass
Rob Schauls, drums / vocals
 

Netherlands (NL):
The Ragtime Rumours

Think of Pokey Lafarge and Tom Waits visiting Django Reinhard, drinking a big mug of coffee while listening to Robert Johnson. 

Renewing old-school swing from The Netherlands, soaked with blues/roots and (gypsy-)jazz, played with a rock ’n roll attitude.

This results in the well received EP, “Ain’t Nobody”, The single and video “Love & Lust” winning the BRUL-Contest, the Dutch Blues Challenge, a lot of gigs in The Netherlands and tours in Norway, Italy and England.

At the moment they’re working on their first full length album that’ll be released upcoming spring 2018, meanwhile their new material is only to be heard during concerts and their EP “Ain’t Nobody” is still available.  The band is also on Spotify and You-tube.
 

Tom Janssen, acoustic guitar / banjo / lead-vocals
Niki van der Schuren, upright-bass / vocals / flute / baritone saxophone
Sjaak Korsten, drums / kazoo / vocals

Thimo Gijezen, electric guitar /accordion / piano / vocals

 

Norway (NO):
Joakim Tinderholt and His Band

The band was formed in Oslo, January '05 by members from the well renowned Muddy Waters Blues Clubs house band, in addition to Tinderholt himself. Since then the band has done numerous, successful gigs at clubs and festivals all over Norway. Some of the highlights include Notodden Blues Festival, Dark Season Blues Festival, Color Blues Festival and tours of Poland and Russia.

Despite his tender age, powerhouse RnB and Blues singer and guitarist Joakim Tinderholt is already an experienced entertainer, and a force to be reckoned with for years to come. He has been fortunate enough to perform with artists such as Rick Holmstrom, Mitch Kashmar, Kirk Fletcher, Kid Ramos and The Mannish Boys among others.

Bill Troiani (bass) and Alexander Pettersen (drums) add just the right groove and swing to the band. They have played together for countless hours, as a backing band for both domestic and international artists.
 

Joakim Tinderholt, lead vocals, lead guitar

William “Bill” Troiani, upright bass and back-up vocals

Håkon Høye, rhythm guitar, baritone guitar, lead guitar and back-up vocals

Robert Alexander Pettersen, drums and percussion

Kjell Magne Lauritzen, piano

 

Poland: (PO):
Krakóv Street Band

Kraków Street Band is a formation which is becoming the city's new musical highlight for visitors from Poland and abroad. Nine professional musicians, each one member of many different bands and projects, gather on sunny days to perform on Cracow's main square. Their performances burst with positive energy and everyone can see that their main motivation is the joy of playing together, while the coins falling into the guitar case are only a nice addition. In the first half of 2014, the band has rushed into popularity across the whole country. First, the successful crowdfunding campaign for their debut album, finished with 170% of the planned amount. Then, the band got to the finals of “Must Be The Music”, a talent show with millions of viewers, with excellent opinions from the jury in all stages. Finally, Kraków Street Band represented Poland in Haizetara, a great street music festival organised in the Basque country. In 2015 they released their second, exceptional album recorded in Radio Kraków "Dedicated To Jerzy Wójcik", honouring the memory of Poland's first bluegrass musician. Songs from the repertoire of Little Ole Opry, Wójcik's band, were recorded in new versions by Kraków Street Band with Krystyna Święcicka-Wójcik and guests.
In the annual survey of Poland most renowned blues magazine "Twój Blues" Kraków Street Band won "Discovery of the year" 2014 and "Band of the year" 2015.
They have played in international festivals like Haizetara (Spain), Uldum Street Music Festival (Denmark), Eutin Bluesfest (Germany), Veszprémi Utcazene (Hungary), Ferrara Buskers Festival (Italy), Sziget (Hungary), Jazzfest Gronau (Germany) or Viz, Zene, Virag Fesztival (Hungary).

Łukasz Wiśniewski, vocal, harmonica, ukulele
Piotr Grząślewicz, banjo
Tomek Kruk, dobro guitar
Adam Partyka, drums
Szymon Klekowicki, trombone
Wojtek Szela, trumpet
Miłosz Skwirut, double bass
Tomasz Drabik, saxophone
Marcin Hilarowicz, guitar
www.krakowstreetband.com
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hPGhwVopf7s
 

Portugal:
Vitor Bacalhau

Born and raised in the deep south of Portugal, Vítor Bacalhau has dedicated his whole life to playing music. He is now fronting his own power trio, and has ahead of him a promising career as a Blues/Rock singer, guitarist and songwriter.

In the last few years Vítor has released an EP and two full length albums, to great critical acclaim, from the press, audiences and his music peers. As a hard working full time musician he’s had a busy schedule touring, both in Portugal and abroad, playing in front of all sorts of audiences, from Blues fests, to clubs, always delivering passionate performances.

Influences come from everywhere – from the early Blues of the delta, to big & loud Rock ‘n Roll – and are all channelled into the group’s music in a new and refreshing way. Deep grooves, killer playing and moving power is what you can expect from the group’s music!
https://www.bluesmagazine.nl - “A real asset to the European blues scene.”
http://bluesrockreview.com - “Vitor Bacalhau is a blues artist to the T.”


Vítor Bacalhau - Guitar and Vocals

Luís Trindade - Bass and Backing Vocals

João Ventura – Drums
 

Romania:
AXiS

Raw, strong and bold – these are the words that characterize the Romanian-Serbian trio, with roots in a little Serbian town, named Kladovo, situated at the shore of the Danube, but whose soul wanders around the American grounds, where the blues was born.
Although the influences are obvious, AXiS gives the meaning of blues a new perspective – somehow like a wolf in sheep's clothing – that gives the trio an unique flair on the current Romanian music market.
The band recorded its first album around fall 2016 in a Boehme studio located in Belgrade’s suburbs. Being recorded live, with only small retouches, the band’s debut album is designed to express the primordial, scorching and direct sound that takes birth when the band members put their imagination together.

Silviu Dan Iliescu - guitar/vocals;
Dejan Kotarcic - bass;
Ranko Varga - drums;

 

Slovakia (SK):
Kiero Grande 

Kiero Grande from Slovakia formed back in 2006 under a different name and after minor changes in 2013 it evolved to be the band it is today. Their style ranges from sixties style electric blues to a more psychedelic, or let´s say progressive twist on the genre. The bands influences include Hendrix, Johnny Winter or Kamchatka from Sweden, just to name a few but they also like to add little hints from different ethnic musical styles. “Unorthodox” is the name of their first full-length self-released album from 2016. The name reflects the bands attitude towards blues, while still respecting the roots.  Have a taste and testify!

Adrian “Ady” Kelemen, guitar/vocals
Róbert Gajdošík, bass
Vojtech Száraz, drums

 

Spain (ES):
Johnny Big Stone & The Blues Workers

Johnny Big Stone & the Blues Workers is a trio of blues at its finest.
Combining west coast, jump blues, and traditional blues, this band and its varied repertoire create an authentic blues experience.
"Jumpin & Dodgin" is the first album with eleven own composition songs recorded in 2013. In spring 2015 they present the cool "Move On" an album with thirteen tracks, nine of them own compositions.
In 2016 they released their third album "Juke Joint Sessions Vol.1", a collection of old blues jewels with touches of west coast jazz and swing where, unlike to the two previous albums, they did versions of great musicians like Ray Charles, Tiny Grimes, Howlin’ Wolf, Bill Doggett and T-Bone Walker. This compilation of nine songs was recorded in June 2016 in a rehearsal room with just two mics and two tracks revox, to recreate the real 50’s sound

Johnny "Big Stone", guitar, vocals
Little Jordi, upright bass, harmonica
Reginald vilardell, drums

 

Sweden (SE):
Julia & The Basement Tapes

Julia & The Basement Tapes is an award winning young and innovative Swedish blues band. Since 2013 they’ve made a success with their unique sound and hungry attitude. 
In late 2015 they released their second EP ”The Dues” and following year the acoustic version of the EP. In the fall of 2017 the band entered in the prestigious competition “Swedish Blues Challenge” and won first price.
The band is currently doing shows all around Europe and are working on the recordings of their first full length album.

Julia-Lotta Tinglöf, - vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion 
Johan Borgh - guitar, backing vocals
Richard Hamilton - keyboard, backing vocals
Samuel Söderberg - bass, backing vocals
Johannes Sidenqvist - drums, backing vocals
 

Switzerland (CH):

Amaury Faivre Duo

Amaury Faivre Duo is a folk-blues acoustic band and the ten years old musical complicity of Amaury Faivre and Yves Staubitz. 
Amaury Faivre is a singer, a guitarist, and, above all, a brilliant harmonica player.
Yves Staubitz, very powerful and precise guitar player, handles both groove and harmony by himself, offering Amaury the freedom to fly above it.
At a crossroads between jazz, folk and pop, their blues inspired music is very sensitive and intimate. They play with a real acoustic and sincere feel, in the lead of Keb’ Mo or John Mayer. Remarkable improvisers, they are simultaneously the blues emotion, the jazz freedom and the punk energy.

Amaury Faivre, vocals, harmonica, acoustic guitar
Yves Staubitz, acoustic guitar

 

United Kingdom (UK):
LaVendore Rogue

What’s the meaning of LaVendore Rogue? The answer is simple… no one knows. However, this bunch of Rogues has made a name and general nuisance of themselves since 2013 during which time, audiences have grown to love (or hate) their raucous blend of Blues inspired Rock 'n Roll. Consisting of JoJo Burgess on vocals, Joel Fisk on guitar and Stephen “Cupsey” Cutmore on drums; who’ve played together for over 10 years. The band is complemented by Warren Lynn on Hammond Organ, and James Payze on bass. Following their 2013 debut EP, "What's The Meaning Of LaVendore Rogue?", 2015’s full length studio album "Light Up With" was released, and the band are currently touring their 2017 release; the raw live album "A Night in The North". Whatever happens next, watch out and expect attitude, swagger and downright depravity wherever these Rogues go!

JoJo Burgess - vocals
Joel Fisk - guitar/vocals
James Payze - bass/vocals
Warren Lynn - keyboards
Stephen "Cupsey" Cutmore - drums
 

THE BANDS PERFORMING ORDER

The EBC 2017 playing order was determined by a raffle in the latest board meeting in Brussels:

Friday 18,45 h:

1.    Hungary
2.    France
3.    Netherlands
4.    Spain
5.    UK
6.    Poland
7.    Luxembourg
8.    Estonia
9.    Germany
10.  Finland
11.  Slovakia

 

Saturday 19,00 h

1.    Romania
2.    Switzerland
3.    Portugal
4.    Denmark
5.    Belgium
6.    Norway
7.    Czech Republic
8.    Sweden
9.    Italy
10.  Austria


The distinguished Awarding Festivals like

 

- Sierre Blues Festival, Switzerland (July)
- Hondarribia Blues Festival, Spain (July)

- Swing Wespelaar Belgium (August)

- Blues In Hell, Norway (September),

- Blues Heaven Festival, Denmark (November)
- Lucerne Blues Festival, Switzerland (November)....

 

and some others will recognize the winners by booking them for their festivals.

 

 

 

 

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JOHNNY BIG STONE & THE BLUES WORKERS REPRESENTARAN A ESPAÑA EN EL
8º EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE EN HORSENS (NORUEGA). 15/17 MARZO 2018

Una vez realizado el proceso de selección de los participantes españoles del European Blues Challenge 2018 que tendrá lugar en Hell (Noruega) el 16 y 17 de Marzo de 2018, y tras sumar las votaciones de los Asesores que han emitido su valoración, se ha obtenido como resultado que los participantes españoles al EBC2018 serán:

JOHNNY BIG STONE & THE BLUES WORKERS


 

En segundo lugar han quedado clasificados BIG DANI PEREZ SAXPLOSION BAND y el tercer lugar ha sido para los mallorquines BIG YUYU.

Gracias a todos los participantes y enhorabuena a los ganadores. ¡¡Nos vemos en Hell!!

 

 

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INTERVIEW WITH TOMAS RUF, FIRST PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN BLUES UNION
BY KASPARS ZAVILEISKIS

Firstly, on 11 to 12 April, 2014, Riga will become a place for "European Blues Challenge” competition which is rather an important event on European scale. Secondly, on 31 July, the president of European Blues Union Thomas Ruf arrived to Riga for one day, he also organizes the competition. Ruf is also the manager of one of the biggest European blues music record labels "Ruf Records”. Clearly, our conversation went on about (and around) the good new-old blues!


Tom Ruf- Foto by Kaspar Garda

"European Blues Challenge” will be held in Riga, in 2014. How did you reached the idea of organizing the event in Latvia?

2014 is a great year for Riga, many cultural events will take place in there focused towards Europe. We have found good promotion partners in Riga, they will help "European Blues Challenge” to happen the best possible way.

You are the president of European Blues Union. What is your daily work routine?

I call myself the main European Blues Union mule who pulls all the weight himself. It's a voluntary work, bringing the good work to community.

So, you're the best candidate who could tell more about "European Blues Challenge”!

We started three years ago with the idea to support European blues artists and new talents. Currently, American artists dominate in this genre, so we try to promote Europeans. For instance, Latvian blues band might find it hard to organize a gig in France, Norway or France, but for Americans it's pretty easy. We try to take down the borders in people's minds in order to make the music market broader.

The strongest argument must be that the origin of blues is in America.


Tom Ruf- Foto by Kaspar Garda

It is the strongest argument - only American blues can be considered authentic. At the same time we want to tell people that European blues is a new form of blues, no less important. We don't have to hide as it was some second class.

How deep is the stereotype that black blues musicians are better than the white ones? We are not speaking about racism, but the attitude itself towards blues genre.

(Hiding under his shirt.) It had to end a long ago! In 1970ies, Muddy Waters turned his head when he was asked about the same issue. White musicians also played in his band. Muddy Waters supported "The Rolling Stones”. This stereotype should be striked out from people's minds.


Tom Ruf- Foto by Kaspar Garda

No doubt, it will happen some day. In the end, blues music is when a good man feels sadness.

Yes, that is blues. Everyone may experience hard times. It's emotions.

Let's continue about "European Blues Challenge”.

So, it will be the fourth event in Riga. First two were held in Berlin, Germany, the third one in France, now it's time for Latvia. We have 20 member countries, every member organizes the national competition, and the winner goes to "European Blues Challenge”. Those are great 20 bands from 20 countries.

The concept looks similar to „Eurovision” song contest. Maybe you should call it "Bluesovision”?

"Bluesovision”! What a name!!

Normunds Kalniņš, the chairman of the board of Latvian Blues Society Support (also a member of EBU) and organizer of Sigulda Blues Fest, joins the conversation. Besides, the affinity might be that "European Blues Challenge” will be webcasted online. And in this case, we are talking about show business, not only musical skills.

T.R. We have four criterions when judging the bands: vocal talent, instrumental talent, ability to represent themselves on a stage and originality. The latter mostly is related to musical material if the band performs only covers or has their own pieces. So, we decide if those songs are good, if every piece is composed by one pattern, if musicians are able to vary within their style.


Normunds Kalnins & Tom Ruf- Foto by Kaspar Garda

What are the musical borders that are defined at the competition? Do musicians cover blues rock, blues folk, blues-something?

Blues rock, blues jazz, pretty much everything they like. But music has to be based on blues roots.

What about blues dubstep?

Blues dubstep! Everyone is invited to create something new, that would be original.

Actually, I have heard blues dubstep, it was classic piano blues with a rumbling, roaring electronica basics. Such kind of experiments are allowed at "European Blues Challenge”, or you prefer so called "live” bands?

We had one French band, they played together with DJ mixing hiphop and blues. The band is called "Scarecrow”. They performed with guitars, drums, vocals, vinyl player or turntable... Everything is possible.

It's a nice message to new talents, blues is not only for old people!

Yes, exactly. Blues is not only for old people or slow dance. It's a whole genre with lots of vitality, energy and experiments.
I think blues is very popular in various generations and social groups because emotions dominate. It's not about the fact that you play your guitar fast enough or can perform a complicated song. It's emotions on the stage that matters.

How did you came down to blues and decided to start "Ruf Records”?


I don't think I chose blues. It chose me. It happens that way. As a teenager, I worked some social work, we organized gigs with a youth club. One of the first musicians I met was a bluesman from Chicago, Luther Allison. I left my hometown and went on a tour with them. I learned a lot, and that's how I got into music business.

Can you consider blues record lable a real business? Can you make money from it?

We started in 1994 with the records of Luther Allison. I continued to work with American and British artists. We have only few European musicians. In that form it works out.

Still, you follow the same stereotypes you named before!

I don't deny it. The record label works around the world, so it's hard to offer European musicians in a world market. But I managed to do that. For instance, Ana Popovic, a girl from Serbia who broke out in USA. I also work with Finnish and Austrian girls, but it's realy hard from a business perspective.

As a record label, you release CDs/vinyl or prefer the digital way?

Both. We sign a contract with the artist, produce the music and then sell it any possible form.

Which records are sold the best?

The digital side continues to grow, but our main listeners are middle-aged people who prefer a physical record format. They are record collectors. Digital record sales are only 20 percent. 10 percent are record sales at the concert venues, but the rest is CDs and vinyl at the music retailers.

It has come in fashion to record in vinyls, but it's often just a form without a content. Digital records are released in vinyl, therefore the idea of vinyl saving better quality of some analogue record dissapears. What studios do you use for your artists?

I personally prefer vinyl, but sometimes we are not able to use analogue master copies. Still, analogue records are being made, and there are studios where you can do that.


Tom Ruf- Foto by Kaspar Garda

We have our local rockabilly king Pits Andersons, he just recorded his album in the analogue studio, in Berlin, and will release a vinyl single. It seems that analogue records suit rockabilly genre the most.

I definitely want to know which studio he used. Maybe I can take it for my artists. If it is good for rockabilly, maybe it would suit for blues!

We will find that out and send the name to you. Who is the blues king at your company?

It's hard to name one. Because someone might get offended. But there is a band who uses the king's crown in their image with reason. I am together with them on a tour and I only came to Riga for one day in order to see the places we could organize "European Blues Challenge”. The band is called "Royal Southern Brotherhood” where literally royal blues family members have united. One family is "The Allman Brothers” and the other is "The Neville Brothers” from Georgia and New Orleans, Louisiana respectively. Gregg Allman's son Devon Allman and the youngest Neville's brother Cyril Neville are in this band.

It's realy royal!

Yes, a real royal court of blues and rock'n'roll!

You work with such legendary musicians as "Canned Heat”.

Yes, I work with them for many years. Fito de la Parra is totally crazy and he still is an absolute boogie music spirit.
"Canned Heat” will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year. Fito told: "I will not advertise! What is it? 50 years on a boogie stage? It makes me old!”
It's wonderful that younger folks still listen to those old men. It means that blues has a future.

N.K. We noticed many young listeners at Sigulda Blues Fest, as well. It made us think of new promoting options.

By the way, which is the most popular German blues band?


T.R. To be honest, I can't really talk about German blues bands, because I know more about Finnish or even Latvian artists. For instance, you have the great "Latvian Blues Band”. The most recognized German band might be "B.B. and the Blues Shacks”. They are on European tour right now and are doing very well. I can't tell who will represent Germany at "European Blues Challenge”, because our national contest will be held in October.

Does European Blues Union continues to grow, new members are joining?

Yes, it continues to grow, I am glad about that, no doubt. But it still has no Estonian or Lithuanian representatives!

N.K. We have started negotiations with Estonians, I think, they might join soon. In such small countries, blues is mainly concentrated in one or few people's hands. So it depends on them. If they wish to create their blues foundation in order to join EBU.

Thomas, can you name the leading blues country in Europe? Germany? Great Britain?

Great Britain is definitely one of the leaders if not the first one. They had the blues boom in the 1960ies. "American Folk Blues Festival” was quite popular in Germany during the 1960ies, it was American musicians' union who toured in Europe. Scandinavia also has a great blues history. Now it's time for Latvia!

 

 

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PRIMERA EUROPEAN BLUES EXPO
Biblioteca Tecla Sala (Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona)


Entre el 19 de septiembre y 31 de octubre 2013 tendrá lugar la primera European Blues Expo en la Biblioteca Tecla Sala de Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona). Tecla Sala, que es la sede oficial del fondo documental de la European Blues Union así como de la Sociedad de Blues de Barcelona, ofrecerá esta exposición para ilustrar las actividades organizadas por la European Blues Union. Los artistas que han cedido sus fotografías para tal fin son Pertti Nurmi (Finlandia), Alain Hiot (Francia), Sylvie Bosc (Francia), Fred Delforge (Francia), Roser I. Valls (España), SKAttomaTTO (Italia) y Charlie Hussey (Irlanda). Todo el material audiovisual que se expondrá está cedido por Bad Music Blues TV que han grabado las tres ediciones del European Blues Challenge y han realizado diversos programas especiales al respecto. La Biblioteca Tecla Sala cuenta con el apoyo logístico del Ayuntamiento de Hospitalet de Llobregat, y se espera la presencia de su alcaldesa, la Sra. Núria Marín, para asistir a los actos de inauguración de la European Blues Expo el 19 de septiembre a las 19.00 h, así como miembros de la European Blues Union. El acto estará amenizado con la actuación de Cotton Roots (Johnny Pérez, guitarra, voz y Little Jordi armónica).

BIBLIOTECA CENTRAL TECLA SALA
Fondo de Blues / Blues Documentos Unión Europea
Director: Sr. Pedro Bravo
Avda. Josep Tarradellas, 44. 08901 LHospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona (España)
Tel.: 00.03.4932602484
bibteclasala@l-h.cat http://www.l-h.cat/biblioteques/teclasala.aspx 

Alain Hiot (França)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoyo95280/sets/
Sylvie Bosc (França)
http://sylbmonoeil.com/
Pertti Nurmi (Finlàndia)
http://nurmibluesphoto.com/
Roser I.Valls (Espanya)
http://www.lahoradelblues.com/
Charlie Hussey (Irlanda)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41420984@N07/
Fred Delforge (França)
http://www.zicazic.com/
SKAttomaTTO (Itàlia)
http://www.skattomatto.net/
Bad Music Blues
http://badmusicblues.blogspot.com.es/

La EUROPEAN BLUES UNION (EBU) es una alianza de profesionales de Blues de toda Europa que han decidido unir sus esfuerzos en la promoción de esta música formando una red europea. Para ello, la EBU organiza el concurso europeo de Blues -el European Blues Challenge- y el Blues Market donde todos los miembros asociados pueden compartir contenidos y encontrar fórmulas de cooperación. En la actualidad hay 27 países que constituyen la EBU: Austria, Bélgica, Bulgaria, Croacia, República Checa, Dinamarca, Finlandia, Francia, Alemania, Grecia, Hungría, Irlanda, Italia, Letonia, Luxemburgo, Holanda, Noruega, Polonia, Portugal, Rumania, Rusia, Eslovaquia, Eslovenia, España, Suecia, Suiza y Reino Unido. Toda la información sobre la EBU en
www.europeanbluesunion.com
(Texto. Montserrat Pratdesaba)

FIRST EUROPEAN BLUES EXPO
Tecla Sala Public Library (Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona - Spain)

Between September 19 and October 31, 2013 will take place the first European Blues Expo at Tecla Sala Library in Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona). Tecla Sala Library is the official home of the European Blues Union Archives and has a Blues Documentary Fund, promoted by Barcelona Blues Society. The exhibition aim is to illustrate the activities organized by the European Blues Union such as the European Blues Challenge and the Blues Market. Artists who have given their photographs for this event are Pertti Nurmi (Finland), Alain Hiot (France), Sylvie Bosc (France), Fred Delforge (France), Roser I. Valls (Spain), SKAttomaTTO (Italia) and Charlie Hussey (Ireland)- All the audiovisual material that will be shown comes from Bad Music Blues TV who have recorded the three editions of the European Blues Challenge and have made special TV programs and radio shows about them. Tecla Sala Library has the logistical support of the Municipality of Hospitalet de Llobregat, and the Mayor, Ms. Núria Marín is expected to attend the opening event of the European Blues Expo in September 19 at 19.00. together with some members of the European Bues Union Board. Sme live blues music will be provided by Cotton Roots (Johnny Pérez, guitar, vocals and Little Jordi, harmonica).
Everybody is invited to come to the opening event and visit it!
(Text by Montserrat Pratdesaba)

BIBLIOTECA CENTRAL TECLA SALA
Fondo de Blues / Blues Documentos Unión Europea
AvDA. Josep Tarradellas, 44.
08901 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Barcelona (Spain)
Tel.: 00.03.4932602484
http://www.l-h.cat/biblioteques/teclasala.aspx 

Alain Hiot (França) http://www.flickr.com/photos/yoyo95280/sets/
Sylvie Bosc (França)
http://sylbmonoeil.com/
Pertti Nurmi (Finlàndia)
http://nurmibluesphoto.com/
Roser I.Valls (Espanya)
http://www.lahoradelblues.com/
Charlie Hussey (Irlanda)
http://www.flickr.com/photos/41420984@N07/
Fred Delforge (França)
http://www.zicazic.com/
SKAttomaTTO (Itàlia)
http://www.skattomatto.net/
Bad Music Blues
http://badmusicblues.blogspot.com.es/

The European Blues Union is a non-profit organisation which gathers professional and blues lovers around Europe who have joined forces to promote blues creating an European blues net. Among other promotional actions. the EBU organizes the annual European Blues Challenge or Blues Market where all members can share experiences, contacts or stablish cooperation links. The EBU has now 27 associated countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxemburg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland an United Kingdom. All related information at www.europeanbluesunion.com
(Texto. Montserrat Pratdesaba)


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VIEW EUROPEAN BLUES UNION PREVIOUS EVENTS:

2016 European Blues Challenge, GA, Blues Market, Blues Expo & BBS Awards (Torrita di Siena)


2015 European Blues Challenge, GA, Blues Market, Blues Exo & BBS Awards (Brussels)

2014 European Blues Challenge, GA & Blues Market (Riga)

2013 European Blues Challenge, GA & Blues Market (Toulouse)

 

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Estatutos de la European Blues Union
(Resumen realizado por Big Mama según información de Jorden Wouters)

Gracias a la iniciativa de una serie de personas implicadas en el blues en diferentes países de Europa, surgió la idea de la creación de la European Blues Union, una asociación sin ánimo de lucro cuya finalidad es la promoción del blues a nivel europeo. A continuación se incluye un resumen de los estatutos de la asociación. Mas información en la web de la EBU www.bluesyou.com

- Conveniencia de establecer un marco legal que dote de entidad y rigor a la EBU.

- Naturaleza de la EBU: ser una asociación sin ánimo de lucro que promueva el Blues europeo en todo el mundo, en particular en Europa, cooperando entre festivales, promotoras, entidades, discográficas, artistas, medios  especializados, expertos en la materia,  impulsando la difusión del Blues a todos los niveles, apoyando proyectos educativos para las escuelas, intercambiando ideas o experiencias, consiguiendo el soporte de las autoridades, creando premios o eventos relacionados con el blues, captando nuevos miembros en la EBU, etc

- Miembros. Pueden ser de tres tipos: Activos, Asociados y Honorarios.

MIEMBROS ACTIVOS: Tendrán derecho a voto en la Asamblea General y suscribirán los estatutos. Pagarán una cuota anual que se fijará en la Asamblea General y que no podrá superar los 500 euros, según fija la ley belga. Podrán acceder a ser miembro activo las asociaciones registradas, las empresas legalmente constituidas o los individuos que tengan algo que ver con el Blues & Roots. Si un miembro activo no paga la cuota en el término de un año dejará de serlo. Los votos serán de 1 miembro = 1 voto.

MIEMBROS ASOCIADOS: No tendrán derecho a voto en la Asamblea General pero podrán asistir como oyentes. Pagarán una cuota anual inferior a la de los miembros activos que se fijará en la Asamblea General. Al igual que los miembros activos, serán afiliados a la EBU y podrán acceder y beneficiarse de las actividades de la EBU así como tener un espacio propio en la web www.bluesuyou.com, con blog individual para difundir su obra y/o actividad profesional.

MIEMBROS HONORÍFICOS: Serán designados por la EBU y no pagarán ninguna cuota. No tendrán derecho a voto en la Asamblea General y podrán asistir como oyentes. Podrán beneficiarse de las ventajas de ser de la EBU cómo si estuvieran afiliados.

- Requisitos para ser MIEMBRO ACTIVO.

a) Ser músico de blues (Blues & Roots) en el propio país o en el extranjero.

b) Ser organizador de un festival, promotor de conciertos, representante artístico, realizar un programa de radio y/o de televisión, una web, revista en papel o en soporte digital cuya actividad se base en el blues (Blues & Roots)

c) Ser aficionado al blues (Blues & Roots) y estar bien informado del ambiente musical de esta música en su propio país, o disponer de materiales o información sobre músicos, compositores, locales, radios, festivales, etc., de blues (Blues & Roots) en el propio país.

- Obligaciones administrativas de la EBU.

a) Disponer de un número fiscal (V.A.T.) en Bélgica

b) Llevar una contabilidad.

c) Dar cuenta anual en la Asamblea General del "financial rapport", detallando los ingresos y los gastos.

d) Pagar los impuestos pertinentes en Bélgica.

- Organigrama.

a) La Asamblea General de la EBU se celebrará una vez al año, pero se podrá convocar a petición del 20% de los miembros activos.

b) Se elegirán: Presidente/a, Tesorero/a y Secretario/a General de la EBU mediante votación en la Asamblea General anual.

c) Los elegidos como Presidente/a, Tesorero/a y Secretario/a General de la EBU podrán delegar poderes ejecutivos a un "board" o equipo de miembros activos también consensuados en la Asamblea General.

- Los Estatutos de la EBU se aprobaron en la Asamblea General Constitutiva que se celebró en Berlín entre los días 18 y 19 de marzo de 2011.

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Pagina Principal/Home
El Programa de Radio/The Blues Radio Show - La Programación/Playlist - Novedades Cds/Cds Received - Criticas de Discos/Actual Cd Reviews - Criticas Discos Antiguas/Old Cds Reviews - Reconocimientos/Show Aknowledgements - Links de Interés/Logo Links - Posters Blueseros/Blues Posters

Quien es Zúmel/Who is Zumel - Las Fotos/Blues Gallery - La "Harmonica Zúmel Blues Band"/The late "Harmonica Zúmel Blues Band" - La Sociedad de Blues de Barcelona S.B.B/Barcelona Blues Society SBB


Los Conciertos de Blues/Blues Gigs Calendar - Las Noticias Nacionales/Spanish Blues News - Los Artículos/Articles -
Colaboraciones/Contributions - El Diccionario de Blues - Las Entrevistas/The Interviews

Las Noticias Internacionales/International Blues News - Articulos Internacionales/International Articles - Entrevistas desde USA/USA Interviews
E-mail/Feedback