UKBlues Awards Events Master of Ceremony Announced

UKBlues Awards Events Master of Ceremony Announced

UKBlues Awards Events Master of Ceremony Announced

The team at UKBlues Federation who are running the inaugural UKBlues Awards 2018 alluded in last weeks announcement that there was exciting news to follow.  They are thrilled and very honoured to announce that Ian Siegal has agreed to take on the role of Master of Ceremonies at the event.  The UKBlues Awards presentation event taking place at Worthing Pier Southern Pavilion on Saturday 19th May 2018, tickets for which will be available from 1st January 2018.

UKBlues Awards Events Master of Ceremony AnnouncedIan is considered by many to be the most compelling British blues artiste since the great names of the sixties.

Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible says “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.” In a career that spans more than 25 years he has taken his music to 45 countries and presided over a trophy haul that includes 14 Awards in various categories and two Mojo Blues Albums of The Year not to mention three US Blues Music Awards nominations – an unprecedented nod for a non-American.

And yet, for all the dizzying achievements in the rear-view mirror, the most important part of any Siegal chronology is always the next show, the next song and the next great record.

Talking about his involvement with the event Ian said: “I’m delighted to be asked to help the UKBlues Federation present the first edition of the UK Blues Awards. This is an important step towards making the awards an internationally recognised standard of excellence. I will see you in Worthing in May to celebrate the UK’s diverse blues talents.”

We are very pleased that Ian has agreed to come on board and his involvement can only help to make this event all the more special and one not to miss.

Keeping you up-to-date about the awards.

SPONSORSHIP UPDATE

Earlier this week the UKBlues Federation launched a sponsorship campaign for the Awards and we are very pleased with the response with 7 of the 17 categories already having been snapped up by sponsors.

Details of all the categories in the Awards can be seen at www.ukbluesawards.com/categories and the UKBlues Federation is keen to hear from anybody interested in becoming involved with the sponsorship of an individual award or of the event itself, there are a number of options available. To find out more, simply drop us a line at sponsorship@ukbluesawards.com and we will send you our sponsorship prospectus which gives you full details.

CLOSING DATE TO APPLY TO JOIN UKBLUES AWARDS NOMINATION PANEL DRAWS NEAR

The initial nomination process for the first UKBlues Awards starts in just over a week on 18th December 2017 and will run until 15th January 2018.

Whilst all members of the UKBlues Federation are automatically enrolled in the nomination panel, for non-members, it is not quite too late to seek to be included although the closing date is midnight 15th December 2017.

If anyone would like to be included in the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK involved in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process, they should e-mail us at  panel@ukbluesawards.com  giving us their name, full postal address, telephone number and the e-mail address with which they wish to register plus a brief outline (no more than 50 words) describing why they wish to join the panel and your background in the blues in the UK.

You don’t have to be a musician, a promoter, a writer, a radio presenter etc. If you love your blues and get out to see bands play whenever you can and buy CDs or downloads of bands’ albums etc. then that means you could be on the panel!

The UKBlues Federation does not undertake to accept every application and their decision will be final and they will not disclose our reasons for accepting or not accepting applications. All applications will be treated as confidential and all members of the nomination panel are required to keep their involvement in the panel confidential.



VOTING PROCESS AUDIT

Finally, as you will see from the Eligibility criteria and Rules that have been drafted to apply to the UKBlues Awards – www.ukbluesawards.com/rules – the UKBlues Federation has gone to great lengths to make sure the voting process for the Awards is robust, open, secure and having integrity.

It has already been advised that the process will be overseen and audited by a completely independent external scrutineer and we are very pleased to announce that a partner in KPMG, a major international professional service company and one of the Big Four auditors, has agreed to take on this role.

The UKBlues Federation would like to thank the partner concerned, whose identity must, for obvious reasons, remain confidential, for agreeing to take on this role.

 

About the UKBlues Federation

 

The UKBlues Federation is a pan-UK organisation that has been established to promote and support Blues in and from the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles.

The UKBlues Federation has created a not for profit federation of musicians, organisations, associations, groups, venues, companies, individuals and any other interested parties within the UK who already work to support, promote and encourage blues of all sorts within the UK, to work together to achieve UKBlues Federation’s aims.

The UKBlues Federation incorporates the British Blues Archive, the foremost historical resource for blues in the UK.

The UKBlues Federation has recently announced the UKBlues Awards which will recognise excellence across the genre in the UK.

 

 

UKBlues Awards Events Master of Ceremony Announced

Day 4 Advent UKBlues Federation

Day 4 Advent UKBlues Federation

Day 4 Advent UKBlues Federation

 

 

 

The UKBlues Federation is a pan-UK Federation that has been established to promote and support Blues in and from the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles.

We have created a not for profit federation of musicians, organisations, associations, groups, venues, companies, individuals and any other interested parties within the UK who already work to support, promote and encourage blues of all sorts within the UK, to work together to achieve UKBlues Federation’s aims. JOIN HERE  showing your support of British Blues.

Day 4 Advent UKBlues Federation – 2017 Excitement!

Looking back:

Kaz Hawkins Rising to The Challenge, Memphis and More
Photo Credit Graham Whittington

Kaz Hawkins Band reaching the semi-finals the International Blues Challenge in Memphis Read about the excitement as the UK has a representative in Memphis for the first time. Kaz Hawkins Band then went on to pick up the winners trophy at European Blues Challenge Read HERE

4th UKBlues Challenge went to The Cavern in Liverpool. With LaVendore Rogue winning and now raising money through Crowdfunding to represent the UK in Memphis & Hell. Read more HERE

UKBlues Federation: Have continued to grow with the British Blues Archives coming on board and the announcement of UKBlues Awards to be held in 2018!

 

Day 4 Advent UKBlues FederationUKBlues Federation are delighted to announce the inaugural UKBlues Awards taking place Saturday 19th May 2018 – Worthing Pier – Southern Pavilion.

Both the European Blues Union and The Blues Foundation are supporting these new Awards.

The UKBlues Awards are a natural next step for the UKBlues Federation and furthers its stated aim to support and promote the blues in the UK.

A new, dedicated website has been created and voting in the awards will take place over a four week period in February 2018 and there will be an awards presentation event 18th May 2018.

The initial nomination process will commence in mid -December 2017. For those who are not member, if you would like to be included in the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK involved in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process, then e-mail us at  panel@ukbluesawards.com  giving us your name, full postal address, telephone number and the e-mail address with which you wish to register plus a brief outline (no more than 50 words) describing why you wish to join the panel and your background in the blues in the UK.Read more about the process HERE

Exciting categories and a night full of fun and memories with Catfish as the gust band of the evening. A definite date for your 2018 diaries.

 

UKBlues Federation are delighted that LaVendore Rogue will be representing the  UK at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis & European Blues Challenge in Hell during 2018.

With the campaign having passed the halfway mark in terms of time a few days ago, it has reached a wonderful total of nearly £5,000 or just over 55% funded. Add in the £1,500 donated direct to LaVendore Rogue by the UKBlues Federation and the guys are just a smidgin over £2,000.00 from their target of £8,000.

This is a great result to date and we at the UKBlues Federation and the Rogues themselves are all very grateful to everyone who has pledged. Thank you!

There are still loads of great and exclusive rewards waiting to be picked up so if you have not already contributed, why not give yourself and the Rogues an early Christmas present and go to the crowd funding page so you can make a pledge to help them get to Memphis and Hell!!

If you have already pledged, spread the word to your friends, get them to get you an early Christmas present! Thank you!

 

 

The UKBlues Federation is excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the UK will have a representative taking part in the Youth Showcase at the 34th International Blues Challenge between 16th & 20th January 2018.

The Youth Showcase takes place on the afternoon of Friday 19th  January  2018 in the Beale Street entertainment district in Memphis, Tennessee and will see some of the finest in developing blues talent perform in a variety of clubs along the world-famous Beale Street. This is described by the organisers, the Blues Foundation, as a ‘chance to hear the next generation of great blues artists as they hone their talents in order to take the bigger world stage of the future’.

Participants are also involved in workshops, master classes and other events over the 5 day period of the IBC as well as having the opportunity to mix with musicians and others involved with the blues from around the world.

The Youth Showcase is not judged, however all competition rules, regulations and restrictions apply. A panel will offer comments and feedback on performances.

As the only UK Affiliate to the Blues Foundation, the UKBlues Federation is delighted to have been able to offer the opportunity of appearing at and participating in this event to 12 year old Toby Lee, a young man who has already built a huge worldwide following on social media as well as having played on stage with a number of great names including Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Nemeth and Walter Trout.

 

Keep up-to-date with the Federation events and activities supporting Blues across the U.K. in 2018 and Join TODAY

 

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues Awards

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues Awards

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues Awards

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues AwardsFollowing on from our announcement of the inaugural UKBlues Awards the presentation of which will take place on Saturday 19th May 2018 at the magnificent Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion, we are delighted to announce that providing live music at the event will be British Blues Award winners Catfish who have carved a reputation for themselves as an excellent live band with a phenomenal frontman in 23 year old guitarist/vocalist Matt Long who plays with a real passion for the blues.

Over a two year period they have received no less than  5 nominations in the British Blues Awards and both their albums have reached no 1 in the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association’s Blues Airplay Charts  They have three European tours already booked for 2018.

Recently Blues Matters! said of the band: ‘Catfish are one of the finest live bands in Britain today.  The quality of musicianship is outstanding and in Matt Long, they have one of the greatest young guitarists on the scene today… ‘

We are delighted that we have secured the services of such an excellent band for the inaugural UKBlues Awards presentation event and know that their presence can only enhance what already promises to be a special event.

And we have more great news about who will be our MC for this event, news which will be announced soon!

IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO JOIN THE UKBLUES AWARDS NOMINATION PANEL

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues AwardsAs a member of the UKBlues Federation you are automatically part of  the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK who will be invited to take part in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process.

If you know of somebody who you think would be an ideal person to be included in the panel then get them to e-mail us at  panel@ukbluesawards.com  giving us their name, full postal address, telephone number and the e-mail address with which they wish to register plus a brief outline (no more than 50 words) describing why they wish to join the panel and their background in the blues in the UK.

They don’t have to be a musician, a promoter, a writer, a radio presenter etc. If they just love the blues and get out to see bands play whenever they can and buy CDs or downloads of bands’ albums etc. then that means they could be on the panel!

We do not undertake to accept every application and UKBlues’ decision will be final and we will not disclose our reasons for accepting or not accepting applications. All applications will be treated as confidential and all members of the nomination panel are required to keep their involvement in the panel confidential.

The nomination period opens in mid-December so make sure they get their application in before midnight on the 15th December 2018

 

LAVENDORE ROGUE CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN UPDATE

 

Catfish to Play at the Inaugural UKBlues Awards

With the campaign having passed the halfway mark in terms of time a few days ago, it has reached a wonderful total of nearly £5,000 or just over 55% funded. Add in the £1,500 donated direct to LaVendore Rogue by the UKBlues Federation and the guys are just a smidgin over £2,000.00 from their target of £8,000.

This is a great result to date and we at the UKBlues Federation and the Rogues themselves are all very grateful to everyone who has pledged. Thank you!

There are still loads of great and exclusive rewards waiting to be picked up so if you have not already contributed, why not give yourself and the Rogues an early Christmas present and go to the crowd funding page so you can make a pledge to help them get to Memphis and Hell!!

If you have already pledged, spread the word to your friends, get them to get you an early Christmas present! Thank you!

UKBlues Federation Involvement in IBC Youth Showcase

UKBlues Federation Involvement in IBC Youth Showcase Announced


IBC YOUTH SHOWCASE

The UKBlues Federation is excited to announce that, for the first time ever, the UK will have a representative taking part in the Youth Showcase at the 34th International Blues Challenge between 16th & 20th January 2018.

The Youth Showcase takes place on the afternoon of Friday 19th  January  2018 in the Beale Street entertainment district in Memphis, Tennessee and will see some of the finest in developing blues talent perform in a variety of clubs along the world-famous Beale Street. This is described by the organisers, the Blues Foundation, as a ‘chance to hear the next generation of great blues artists as they hone their talents in order to take the bigger world stage of the future’.

Participants are also involved in workshops, master classes and other events over the 5 day period of the IBC as well as having the opportunity to mix with musicians and others involved with the blues from around the world.

The Youth Showcase is not judged, however all competition rules, regulations and restrictions apply. A panel will offer comments and feedback on performances.

As the only UK Affiliate to the Blues Foundation, the UKBlues Federation is delighted to have been able to offer the opportunity of appearing at and participating in this event to 12 year old Toby Lee, a young man who has already built a huge worldwide following on social media as well as having played on stage with a number of great names including Ronnie Baker Brooks, John Nemeth and Walter Trout.

In October this year, Toby took the renowned Blues Heaven Festival in Denmark by storm drawing a glowing review from Elmore Magazine.

‘The phenomenon of this festival had to be the little 12-year-old guitar whirlwind, Toby Lee. Cute as a button, he dressed in Mick Jagger duds and held a solid body Gibson Firebird that was just about as big as he was. This little dude stood firm beside the big players in the festival like John Nemeth, Mike Ledbetter, Sugaray Rayford and Ronnie Baker Brooks and matched their riffs blow-for-blow, managed to be as cool as ice. Video taken of him and Ronnie Baker Brooks with duelling guitars have hit the 50-million view mark and has been shared more than 1.4 million times. Yes, that happened at Blues Heaven.’

Toby has been playing guitar since he was 6 and was dubbed a future superstar of the blues by Joe Bonamassa.  He is associated with Gibson Brands and Hamstead Soundworks amplification

He was cast as the original Zack Mooneyham in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical School of Rock in the West End, a part which he played for a year. With School of Rock he performed in Hyde Park and on shows including Comic Relief, Michael McIntyre and The X Factor. Earlier this year Toby won an Olivier Award along with the other band members of School of Rock for playing live at every show.

He released his first EP “Ten”, produced by Laurence Jones, another of Toby’s admirers when he was 10.

The UKBlues Federation is proud that, following on from the success of last year when the UK’s first ever IBC entrant, the Kaz Hawkins Band, progressed to the competition’s semi-finals. The UK will, this year not only be represented at the International Blues Challenge by LaVendore Rogue who won the 4th UKBlues Challenge but also in the Youth Showcase by one of the youngest artists to take part in this event.

Ashwyn Smyth, Chair of the UKBlues Federation commented: ‘We are both excited and very happy that we have been able to facilitate Toby’s participation at the INC Youth Showcase and see this as an important step in achieving one of our stated aims, supporting and promoting the next generation of blues players and bringing the blues to the younger generations. We wish Toby every success and are proud to have him flying the flag for blues in the UK & the UKBlues Federation.’

You can find out more about Toby at  www.facebook.com/tobyleeguitar where you can also see and hear Toby in action.

 

 

 

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!

 

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!

 

 

 

The UKBlues Awards News – Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!! Following on from our announcement late last month about the UKBlues Awards which we are putting in place, we are very excited to tell you that the website for the Awards is now up and running, albeit in a somewhat limited format for now.

At present, there is some more detail about the Awards as well as answers to some of the questions that have been posed by people about the Awards.

Visit www.ukbluesawards.com to find out more.

The UKBlues Federation is inviting people to apply to be included in the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK involved in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process.

Interested parties who would like to be included in the extensive panel of people from across the blues spectrum in the UK involved in the initial nomination stage of the Awards process, can e-mail UKBlues at panel@ukbluesawards.com giving their name, full postal address, telephone number and the e-mail address with which they wish to register plus a brief outline (no more than 50 words) describing why they wish to join the panel and their background in the blues in the UK.

UKBlues does not undertake to accept every application and UKBlues’ decision will be final and we will not disclose our reasons for accepting or not accepting applications. All applications will be treated as confidential and all members of the nomination panel are required to keep their involvement in the panel confidential.

More information about the UKBlues Awards will become available over the next few months.

To join UKBlues Federation supporting Blues across the U.K. Find out all the details HERE

 

The UK Blues Federation (UKBlues), is a pan-UK Federation that has been established to promote and support Blues in and from the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles.

We have created a not for profit federation of musicians, organisations, associations, groups, venues, companies, individuals and any other interested parties within the UK who already work to support, promote and encourage blues of all sorts within the UK, to work together to achieve UKBlues‘ aims.

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!            The UKBlues Federation is Affiliated to the Blues Foundation and Active member of European Blues Union

 

 

 

The UKBlues Awards News- Opportunity to Get Involved NOW!!!

UKBLUES ANNOUNCE AWARDS SCHEME FOR 2018

UKBLUES ANNOUNCE AWARDS SCHEME FOR 2018

UKBLUES ANNOUNCE AWARDS SCHEME FOR 2018

 

The UK Blues Federation is pleased to announce that they are putting in place the UKBlues Awards to commence in 2018 to give the blues community in the UK the opportunity to recognise and applaud those involved with the blues in the UK.

Many people have expressed the opinion that UKBlues is the ideal body to undertake the organising, running and overseeing of an annual awards process given that it is an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation and an Active Member of the European Blues Union as well as the organiser of the annual UK Blues Challenge. The UKBlues Awards is a natural next step for UKBlues and furthers its stated aim to support and promote the blues in the UK.

A new, dedicated website is in the process of being created and voting in the awards will take place over a four-week period in February with a high profile, high-quality awards presentation ceremony taking place later in the year.

For UKBlues, Ashwyn Smyth, Chair, said: ‘It is evident from discussions we have had that many people have missed there not being any blues awards this year and, after much discussion and thought, we have decided that UKBlues should look to fill that gap. We have a very clear idea of how we should proceed with these awards and will be looking to create something that will draw support from across the blues spectrum in the UK. Above all we want to see an Awards process that does justice to all the recipients and nominees and to all those involved with the blues in the UK. Other musical genres have high profile and successful Awards and we feel it is high time that the blues in the UK enjoyed something similar. It will not happen overnight and will take a great deal of commitment.

Above all we want to see an Awards process that does justice to all the recipients and nominees and to all those involved with the blues in the UK. Other musical genres have high profile and successful Awards and we feel it is high time that the blues in the UK enjoyed something similar. It will not happen overnight and will take a great deal of commitment.

It is clear that building the profile of these Awards will take time but with the support of all those involved with the blues in the UK, we believe we can create something of which the UK blues community can be proud.’

More information about the UKBlues Awards will become available over the next few months.

Bluesdoodles have covered the Blues Challenge Read what we said about the 4th Blues Challenge held at The Cavern Liverpool “The Winner is: …….. As Dave Raven and Ashwyn Smyth handed over the responsibility of presenting the trophy to last year’s Challenge winner Kaz Hawkins”.  Read More…..

UKBLUES ANNOUNCE AWARDS SCHEME FOR 2018