Voting Begins Inaugural FORM UKBLUES AWARDS 2018

Voting Begins Inaugural FORM UKBLUES AWARDS 2018

Voting Begins Inaugural FORM UKBLUES AWARDS 2018

Voting Begins Inaugural FORM UKBLUES AWARDS 2018


Voting in the FORM UKBlues Awards opened at midnight, 1st February 2018.

You can find a list of all the finalists in the 17 categories in the FORM UKBlues Awards at

But before you can vote, as a security and management measure, you will first have to go through a simple registration process.

Registration is now open at Register

If you are already a member of the UKBlues Federation you do not need to register as we have pre-registered you and you should have received an e-mail giving you all necessary details to enable you to vote.

We know that most people have a phobia of reading rules etc. but we do urge you to visit the Rules page of the Awards website and note, in particular, those applicable to the voting process –

Whilst it is appreciated that voters may not wish to vote in every category, voters are requested to cast votes in as many categories as possible. To avoid the possibility of the voting being ‘hijacked’ or unduly biased, the UKBlues Federation reserves the right to disallow votes from voters who have not voted in at least six of the nine main categories (1 to 9 inclusive).

Voting Begins Inaugural FORM UKBLUES AWARDS 2018

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Voting Begins Inaugural FORM UKBLUES AWARDS 2018


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Voting Begins Inaugural FORM UKBLUES AWARDS 2018

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FORM UKBlues Award Finalists

Here are the finalists in each of the seventeen awards categories after all the nominations submitted have been processed and verified.

Full details of the nomination process can be found here and also in the FORM UKBlues Awards Rules

Please note that no member of the Board of UKBlues Federation was permitted to nominate in the FORM UKBlues Awards categories other than that for the award for Innovation in the Blues in the UK.

The finalists, listed in alphabetical order within each category, are:

Male Blues Vocalist of the Year – sponsored by Blues in the South   

Alan Nimmo

Marcus Bonfanti  

Marcus Malone

Ian Siegal   

Stevie Nimmo  


Female Blues Vocalist of the Year – sponsored by Colne Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

Elles Bailey 

Kaz Hawkins

Kyla Brox    

Rebecca Downes    

Zoe Schwarz  


Blues Band of the Year – sponsored by Saltburn Blues Club


Gerry Jablonski & The Electric Band      

King King  

LaVendore Rogue

Red Butler  


Acoustic Blues Act of the Year – sponsored by John Cee Stannard

Benjamin Bassford

Dave Arcari

David Ferra

Half Deaf Clatch

Ian Siegal


Young Blues Artist of the Year – sponsored by Jessica Foxley Music Projects

Benjamin Bassford

Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens

Matthew Long

Toby Lee

Tom C Walker


Blues Based Festival of the Year – sponsored by Blues & Roots PR

Carlisle Blues Rock Festival

Colne Great British R & B Festival

Ealing Blues Festival

Maryport Blues Festival

Upton Blues Festival


UK Blues Based Broadcaster of the Year – sponsored by New Crawdaddy Blues Club

Ashwyn Smyth

Dave Raven

Gary Grainger

Paul Jones

Paul Long


Blues Album of the Year – sponsored by The Colourblind Blues Show

Broken Man – Catfish 

Exile & Grace – King King   

God Bless America – The Mighty Bosscats

This Is The Life I Choose – Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion

Wildfire – Elles Bailey


Blues Songwriter of the Year – sponsored by RESERVED

Alan Nimmo (King King)  

Elles Bailey

Half Deaf Clatch

Kaz Hawkins

Richard Townend


Blues Club/Venue of the Year – sponsored by AVAILABLE

Blue Funk at Poynton British Legion

Edinburgh Blues Club

St Harmonica’s Blues Club, London

Tuesday Night Music Club, London

Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion


Blues Personality of the Year – sponsored by RESERVED

John Wilson

Kaz Hawkins   

Pete Feenstra

Peter Green

Zoot Money

Lifetime Contribution to the Blues in the UK – sponsored by Raven & Blues

Chris Barber

Eric Clapton

John McCoy

Monica Madgwick

Pete Feenstra


Innovation in the Blues in the UK – sponsored by Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire

Ealing Club Special Interests Community

Half Deaf Clatch

LaVendore Rogue

Rag’n’Bone Man

Wille & The Bandits


RegionalBlues Act of the Year – England – sponsored by RESERVED


Dave Kelly & Paul Jones

Elles Bailey

Kyla Brox

Wille & The Bandits


Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Northern Ireland – sponsored by Red Pepper Promotions

John Wilson

Kaz Hawkins 

Ronnie Greer

The Bonnevilles

The Hardchargers


Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Scotland – sponsored by Edinburgh Blues Club

Black Cat Bone

Charlotte Marshall

Dave Arcari

Gerry Jablonski

Stevie Nimmo


Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Wales – sponsored by Mid-Wales R&B Club

Bella Collins

Big Joe Bone


Luke Doherty

Toriah Fontaine


For videos and further information Visit UKBlues Awards

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

The Mid Wales Rhythm & Blues Club supporting live rhythm & blues in Mid Wales. A monthly Blues club promoting the best of contemporary blues, from traditionally acoustic to mashed up nu-blues and everything between. It is a live club with flair and atmosphere.

The Mid Wales R&B Club was started by Chris and Cath Rogers in 2014 and started in pubs around Powys’ but soon moved to Rhayader in 2015 at CARAD until the end of 2016 and in 2017 The MUSE Brecon.
The Mid Wales R&B Club is currently run by a small but perfectly formed husband and wife team. Chris started the club with Cath and new team member Angus Kings as a way to bring together people as passionate about Blues as they were Since then, the club has grown increasingly in size and popularity, with the monthly gigs selling out and Blues artists from far and wide wanting to play.


The Muse at Brecon, a new arts and community venue based at the Old Museum in Brecon Town Centre.

Built in 1837 as a Congregationalist Chapel, the building later became the town museum. Now privately owned, we want it to be used again to inspire, entertain, educate and amuse.

The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates

Feb 16th Beki Brindle from The USA at The Muse Brecon, Tickets £10. Doors open at 7.30 and music starts at 8.00 Licensed Bar. Limited capacity.

Beki Brindle – Guitars (lead and rhythm) and Vocals (lead and harmonies)
New York Blues Hall of Fame 2014 Inductee, Beki Brindle was discovered at Indiana University by Rick Danko and Richard Manuel of “The Band,” while she was Blues Legend James “Yank” Rachell’s lead guitarist. A consummate player at an early age, Beki toured repeatedly with Jerry Lee Lewis, as his guitarist. A native of Indiana, she spent time living in Ireland where she shared the stage with Hot House Flowers, The Waterboys, members of U2 and Thin Lizzy, The Pogues and Francie Conway, as well as recording & touring with blues artists such as Carey Bell, Johnny Mars, Joe Louis Walker, Mary Stokes Band, Tampa Red, Fenton Robinson and more. She was also commissioned by Bono of U2 to create and run a blues workshop on Irish National Television.

Although Beki is a renowned blues guitarist and singer, with a style that is a mix of classic and original blues, peppered with sounds from Chicago and The Delta, she was also the guitarist for the Warner/Reprise band Grace Pool, as well as releasing several albums featuring other guitar stylings.


Upcoming Dates at The Muse Brecon

Four Excited Bands Talking About 4th UK Blues ChallengeMarch 2nd Elles Bailey AT The Muse Brecon, Tickets £10.

Elles Bailey has a talent for crafting and seamlessly weaving rootsy blues, country, and soulful rock, with a contemporary edge. What’s more fate has blessed her with a ‘smoky vocal’ style that perfectly fits her music, after a stint in hospital as a child changed her voice forever.

Reviewers have been wowed by Elles’ debut album Wildfire(which charted at no.2 in the iTunes Blues Charts) with Maverick Magazine gave ‘Wildfire’ top marks (5/5) calling every song ‘Fresh & Original’ And Blues In Britain reminding us that ‘It’s a fact that very few make it to the big stage but Elles Bailey has the necessary talent, the drive, and now the product.’
Bluesdoodles review of her scorching Debut album Wildfire can be found HERE


April 6th Mat Walklate & Paolo Fuschi AT The Muse Brecon, Tickets £10.

Mat Walklate-Harmonica & Vocals
Paolo Fuschi-Guitar & Vocals
Mat and Paolo play a diverse, dynamic live set illustrating all shades of Blues and allowing each other’s instrumental, vocal and improvisational qualities to shine. Each performance is rock-solid, yet full of inspiration and spontaneity.
Mat and Paolo are an “Electric Blues Duo” as they use old tube amplifiers creating a rich tone that brings the listeners back to the very early days of the 1950’s Chicago Blues. Think of Muddy Waters plugging in his red Telecaster for the first time into an old tube amplifier and Little Walter blowing his harmonica through an old Fender Champ amplifier. The result is a magical performance that stands out for its intensity and energy. Although there are two people on stage, they sound like a 10 piece Blues band.
Living in Manchester and strongly influenced by its Afro-Caribbean community, Mat and Paolo also pay homage to Ska, blending the uplifting rhythms of this genre with the spirit and sentiment of the Blues.
Walklate and Fuschi have an extensive repertoire that covers over two hours of music.

Check-in for updates on Mid Wales Rhythm & Blues Facebook Page 


The Mid Wales Rhythm and Blues Club Diary Dates