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The UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) is pleased to announce that the band
representing the UK at the 6th European Blues Challenge</strong> (EBC), organised by the
European Blues Union (EBU) will be Red Butler, winners of the 2nd UK Blues
Challenge on Saturday 24th October 2015 at the Boom Boom Club in Sutton, Surrey,
jointly promoted and organised by Pete Feenstra Real Music Live and UKBlues.
A panel of five judges chosen from across the UK blues community awarded contestants
points for the four criteria laid down by the EBU – originality, instrumental talent, vocal talent
and stage presence. Red Butler were the winners from a field also including Malaya Blue,
The Brothers Groove, and The Katie Bradley Band.

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ebcThe 6th EBC will be held on 8th-9th April 2016 in Torrita di Siena in Tuscany, Italy and will see
20 European bands competing. Previous UK representatives at the EBC have been BenPoole, 24 Pesos, Babajack, David Migden & the Twisted Roots and Laurence Jones.
The recently created UK Blues Federation is honoured to have been appointed by the EBU to run the Challenge and is setting up a crowd funding campaign to assist with Red Butler’s costs in connection appearing at the EBC. Full details will be available soon on the UKBlues website
Ashwyn Smyth – Chair of UKBlues – said: ‘It has been a lot of hard work to pull both the
selection process and the UK Challenge together, but it was all worth it! I am sure that Red
Butler are going to do us proud in Italy next year. Our thanks go to Pete Feenstra for all he
has done to make the Challenge happen and to the five judges who were faced with making
some difficult choices. This has also been a great way to introduce the newly formed UK
Blues Federation to the blues community in the UK and we have many plans for the future
including, we hope, seeing a UK representative at the 2017 International Blues Challenge in
“We hope that many people will want to join UKBlues and help to support us in what we are
doing and they can do so by going to our website where there are details of membership
types and how you can join.”

Alex Butler of Red Butler said:”There is huge exhilaration
amongst the band at winning the UK Blues Challenge. We put our hearts and souls into the
gig against stiff opposition. The immediate reaction from the crowd told us this was
something special from the word go. We are thrilled to have a major European event in the
calendar for next year.”


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