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  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


UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue




The crowdfunding campaign set up by the UK Blues Federation (UKBF) to raise funds to help LaVendore Rogue, winners of the 4th UKBlues Challenge, with their costs representing the UK at the 34th International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2018 and the 8th European Blues Challenge in Hell, Norway in March 2018, has got off to a fantastic start with more than £4,200 having been raised in just over two weeks since the campaign started.

In addition to what has been raised so far by the crowdfunding campaign, UKBlues has donated directly to LaVendore Rogue the sum of £1,500 to give them some working capital to start booking accommodation in Memphis etc.

With this contribution from UKBF, the total pledged and/or received is just short of £6,000, nearly 75% of the initial crowdfunding target of £8,000.

The UK Blues Federation is delighted that there has been such a great response to date and urges everybody to visit the crowdfunding page – HERE  – where you can not only make a pledge to support LaVendore Rogue but also get your hands on some great, exclusive rewards for doing so!

For the UK Blues Federation, Dave Raven, Treasurer, said, ‘We are very pleased to be able to make this substantial contribution towards the significant costs that LaVendore Rogue face to get to and compete in both Challenges. It is yet another example of the UK Blues Federation ‘putting their money where their mouth is’ and supporting and promoting blues in the UK.’

Joel Fisk of LaVendore Rogue said: ‘We really appreciate this – it’ll be a massive help getting the ball rolling, so thank you so much to the UK Blues Federation!’

UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

It is not too late to get involved and make your contribution by visiting our crowdfunding page so if you have not donated, please have a look and see what great rewards are on offer in return for your financial support! Being part of the adventure that will take LaVendore Rogue to Memphis and Hell is Just a Click Away – CLICK HERE

UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

Here is a very special message from the Rogues themselves!


UKBlues Federation Crowdfunding Campaign Update for LaVendore Rogue

UKBlues Federation Joins Forces with British Blues Archive

Kaz Hawkins Band Playing in Denmark & MemphisUKBlues Federation Joins Forces with British Blues ArchiveUK Blues Federation
Joins Forces with
British Blues Archive



The UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) is delighted to announce that with immediate effect the British Blues Archive (BBA) is to amalgamate with UKBlues and come under the organisation’s ‘umbrella’ with BBA’s online archive material being incorporated into the Education section of the UKBlues’ website .

In addition UKBlues and the British Blues Archive are working with the British Blues Exhibition    and Early  who have agreed to migrate some of their relevant online content to further enhance the brand new and comprehensive resource afforded by this new venture.

This unique partnership will create an unparalleled central resource and reference point for historical material relating to blues in the UK online and forms part of UKBlues’ stated aim to seek to provide educational material and facilities to widen knowledge of the blues in the UK and to assist those also seeking to do the same.

Ashwyn Smyth, Chair of UKBlues said: ‘We were thrilled and honoured when Peter Harvie, joint founder of the BBA, approached us to suggest an amalgamation. The BBA has a wealth of material of all sorts and Peter’s approach came as our webmaster, Alan White, was in the process of setting up an Education section of our website following our decision to seek to develop this aspect of our activities. So this was a great idea that came at the perfect time.

To then have the British Blues Exhibition and Early Blues offer to work with us to further enhance this was the icing on the cake and we thank board members Darren Weale and Alan White for their generous co-operation.

The Board of UKBlues is hugely excited about the possibilities that these new partnerships and co-operations afford us as an organisation but, more importantly, the blues as a whole in the UK. They also serve to reinforce our mission to become a focal point for the blues in the UK.’

Peter Harvie of the British Blues Archive said;  ‘We at the British Blues Archive are delighted to be joining UK Blues. The work being done by the British Blues Archive and UKBlues complement each other and the bringing together of our strengths has created in one place a tremendous resource, the place to go to for information, history, interviews and insights on British Blues. We at the British Blues Archive are tremendously excited about the amalgamation and are looking forward to new projects ahead with UK Blues’.


Kaz Crowdfunding to compete in Denmark & MemphisA reminder that, following the 3rd UK Blues Challenge held at the Robin 2, Bilston on 12th November 2016 and won by Kaz Hawkins Band, the UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) has put in place a crowd funding campaign to help with the band’s costs attending the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, USA between 31st January & 4th February 2017 and the European Blues Challenge (EBC) on 6th, 7th & 8th April 2017 in Horsens, Denmark.

The band have estimated that they face costs in excess of £8,000 to travel to and from and participate in the two Challenges and UKBlues is seeking to raise funds to help the band to cover at least some of these costs.

Thank you to everyone who has been so generous as now we are early halfway to the target . Donate Here the campaign runs until 15th January 2017



JOIN HERE supporting UKBlues


Catfish Crowdfunding for Broken Man Album

Catfish Crowdfunding for Broken Man Album

Catfish Crowdfunding for Broken Man Album



Crowdfunding opportunities to demonstrate your support for a British award-winning blues band HERE

British Blues Award winners Catfish crashed onto the blues scene in Jan 2015 when their debut album, So Many Roads, went to no 1 in the IBBA blues airplay charts. Their follow up EP, a tribute to BB King called When BB Sings the Blues, followed it to no 5 in Feb 2016. They were nominated for two British Blues Awards in 2015 (Emerging Artist, in which they took third, and keyboard for Paul Long) and three this year (Band of the Year, keyboard for Paul Long again which he won, and Young Artist of the Year for Matt Long in which he took third. A great year for the Catfishes! They have played a number of major blues festivals including Cambridge Rock Festival, Bluesfest at the 02, Maryport, Colne, Broadstairs Blues Bash and Swanage amongst others, and are also playing at a number of blues clubs all over the country. Their new album Broken Man is due out in Jan 2017 – their first album of original material, written by Matt and Paul.

Catfish Crowdfunding for Broken Man Album
Photo Credit Paul Chamberlain

Catfish are currently recording their second album, Broken Man, which will be ready for release in January 2017.  Catfish are asking for your help with the new album there are lots of ways you can show Catfish your support.




Check out your Crowdfunding opportunities HERE  from pre-ordering a copy of the
Photo Credit Graham Hutton

album in advance through to  a VIP package and a mention as a sponsor on the album cover .This album has been a labour of love and the band are really proud of it.  We hope you

will enjoy it.  Thank you so much for your support.

While you are waiting for the album check out where you can hear the music played live – HERE

Elliott Morris Launches Pledge Music Campaign




Elliott Morris Launches Pledge Music Campaign
Photo Credit Rockrpix

Award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Elliott Morris is launching a crowdfunding campaign to record and release his first album. Following the success of his E.P. It Seemed To Make Sense At The Time read what Bluesdoodles said HERE

“I’ve wanted to do this for a long, long time!” says Morris. “I aimed to get into the studio at the start of the year, but the gigs have just kept coming!”

2016 started with a Celtic Connections spot in Glasgow (where previously Morris was a Danny Kyle award winner) followed by a support slot to American singer Aoife O’Donovan at her UK album launch in London. He then hit the road with Canadian roots rockers the Bros Landreth, supporting them on their debut UK tour. Other notable shows this year have included opening for Cara Dillon, headline dates at The Troubadour in London, and most recently, sharing a bill with Badly Drawn Boy at Barking Folk Festival.

“Crowdfunding means that people I’ve played to along the road so far can directly become involved in the creation of my first album said Morris, who averages 120 live shows a year. “I have played these songs up and down the country in pubs, folk clubs and concert halls, and met many great music fans along the way. It only seems natural to include them in the next step!”

Morris, described by Acoustic Magazine as “the next big thing”, has previously completed two UK tours supporting Paul Carrack where he made a lasting impression with Bluesdoodles we said “His voice is powerful and he engaged with the audience with funny tales and setting the context for his songs which were a mix of folk and country tinged with blue. The numbers were self-penned full of clever lyrics, this is a songwriter who understands the power of the story….” 

PledgeMusic is a direct-to-fan music platform, which allows fans to become a central part of the music making experience, gaining access to exclusive content and seeing Pledger-only updates that provide insight into the music as never before.

“Using PledgeMusic lets me offer my audience far more than if I were to release by myself through a label. With the advance support of my listeners, I can offer not just physical CDs, but I can release the album on vinyl, and provide really special extras such as signed artwork prints, handwritten lyric sheets and bonus discs. I can also send exclusive updates from the studio directly to Pledgers.”

Other benefits on offer to Pledgers include exclusive Harris Tweed guitar straps, a thank you in the CD booklet, signed and framed vinyl, an exclusive live EP recording while on a tour of Scotland this summer, and even a house concert where Morris will come and play a show in your living room.

Furthermore, once Morris’s funding hits its target, 10% of any extra Pledge money goes to the men’s mental health charity C.A.L.M.

Elliott Morris   releases his album in early 2017, but anyone can become part of the journey now. Visit Pledgemusic NOW   to find out more about the album, benefits and Pledge HERE.