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Elles Bailey Gains Entry To UK Blues Hall Of Fame After Winning Three Major Titles
By Stevie Connor.
The 2023 Awards, presented by The UK Blues Federation in Association with Marshall, were held at London’s prestigious Bush Hall on the 13th April. With live performances from Alice Armstrong, Elles Bailey, Toby Lee, Brave Rival and Sari Schorr as well as a host of personalities announcing and presenting those coveted Awards it was a very special night.
Click on the artists names to visit their websites, view the full event below.
The UK Blues Federation believes that Blues music in the United Kingdom (UK) needs to be better represented and coordinated in order to achieve the respect and prosperity that it deserves.
Consequently in 2015, we established a pan-UK Federation to promote and support Blues in and from the UK in all its forms and styles. It is our aim to achieve the maximum recognition for UK Blues music, past, present, and future and thereby to boost the profile and prosperity of all involved with the genre in the UK, bringing those involved together to achieve this vision.
As an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation in The USA and an Active Member of the European Blues Union our activities have a global reach.
Since 2018 The UK Blues Federation has been hosting The UK Blues Awards. Our aim being to allow the industry and the public to nominate and vote for those they believe, through their work in the previous year, deserve the recognition an Award will give them.
The 2018 event saw the cream of Blues in the UK congregating at a sell out event in Worthing Pier’s glorious art deco Pavilion.
For two years they were forced to hold a ‘virtual’ Awards Ceremony online using Facebook and YouTube. Hosted by Paul Jones (famed for his part in Manfred Mann, The Blues Band and, of course, latterly as host of Radio 2’s Blues Show) the shows had in the region of 3,000 viewers on YouTube while 2021’s show on Facebook had 8,000 views and a post reach of over 18,000.
In 2022 they held a live show at The Powerhaus in Camden, London on 15th May. This was also streamed live on Youtube, thereby reaching a worldwide audience.
Paul Jones was again the evenin's host for this prestigious event which, along with other star presenters also featured live performances from Award nominees.
AWARD FINALISTS & WINNERS
UK BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Blues In The South ALICE ARMSTRONG CONNOR SELBY DOM MARTIN ELLES BAILEY - Winner MATT LONG
UK BLUES ACOUSTIC ACT OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Goin’ Up The Country Blues Club DAVE ARCARI MARK HARRISON MARTIN HARLEY SEAN TAYLOR TREVOR BABAJACK STEGER - Winner
UK BLUES INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Sarah’s Sussex Blues DOM MARTIN - Winner ED CLARKE MATT LONG STEVIE WATTS WILL WILDE
UK BLUES VOCALIST OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival ALICE ARMSTRONG DOM MARTIN ELLES BAILEY - Winner EMMA WILSON KYLA BROX
JULES FOTHERGILL YOUNG UK BLUES ARTIST OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Terry & Lesley Marshall JOE ANDERTON MARCUS PRAESTGAARD-STEVENS TOBY LEE - Winner TOM WATERS ZAC SCHULZE
UK BLUES EMERGING ACT OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Outlaw Music BLUE NATION GREG BRICE JANA VARGA THE TERRAPLANES BLUES BAND - Winner ZAC SCHULZE GANG
UK BLUES BAND OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Valentine Music Promotions in memory of John Short BIG WOLF BAND BRAVE RIVAL CATFISH THE CINELLI BROTHERS WHEN RIVERS MEET - Winner
INTERNATIONAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Blues Matters! BUDDY GUY - Winner IAN SIEGAL LARKIN POE SARI SCHORR TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND
UK BLUES CLUB/VENUE OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Lancashire Blues Archive EDINBURGH BLUES CLUB - EDINBURGH GOIN' UP THE COUNTRY BLUES CLUB - WORTHENBURY TEMPERANCE - LEAMINGTON SPA TUESDAY BLUES AT THE 100 CLUB - LONDON - Winner THE TUESDAY NIGHT MUSIC CLUB - COULSDON
DAVE RAVEN BLUES BASED BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR Sponsored by The Old Bush Blues Festival CERYS MATTHEWS - Winner PAUL LONG PAUL WINN & BEN DARWIN PETE FEENSTRA RICHARD DUNNING
UK BLUES ALBUM OF THE YEAR Sponsored by The Independent Blues Broadcasters Association ELLES BAILEY - SHINING IN THE HALF LIGHT - Winner EMMA WILSON - WISH HER WELL BRAVE RIVAL - LIFE'S MACHINE THE CINELLI BROTHERS - NO COUNTRY FOR BLUESMEN THE JUJUBES - RAGING MOON
UK BLUES BASED FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR Sponsored by Alan White EarlyBlues.com ALFOLD ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL CARLISLE BLUES ROCK FESTIVAL OLD BUSH BLUES FESTIVAL THE COLNE GREAT BRITISH R & B FESTIVAL UPTON BLUES FESTIVAL - Winner