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We also have many other things which we are working on and invite people to support our work and the blues in the UK by joining the UK Blues Federation. For details visit our website, www.ukblues.org ‘’ UKBLUES FEDERATION ANNOUNCES 3rd UK BLUES CHALLENGE. The UK Blues Foundation (UKBlues) is delighted to announce that the 3rd UK Blues Challenge will be held at the Robin 2 , in Bilston, Wolverhampton, on Saturday 12th November 2016. At the event, four bands/acts chosen from a selection process which has already commenced, will compete for the opportunity to be invited to represent the UK at the 7th Blues Challenge in Denmark in 2017 as well as, it is hoped, the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis, also in 2017. UKBlues wishes to thank Mike Hamblett at the Robin 2 for his support and assistance in making this event possible.

Full details of the event, including how tickets can be purchased, timings etc. Mike Hamblett - proprietor of the Robin 2: ‘I am very proud and privileged to host the 3rd UK Blues Challenge at The Robin 2 in Bilston, Wolverhampton on 12th November 2016. We all look forward to an extremely successful event. " Ashwyn Smyth – Chair of UKBlues: ‘We are delighted to be staging this event at the Robin 2, a superb and well known venue with a deserved reputation for putting on top class music events. We have made no secret of the fact that we are keen to see the UK Blues Challenge being staged at locations throughout the UK which this event evidences.’ Contact Chair – Ashwyn Smyth [email protected] BLUES FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 2016 BLUES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES (including a long overdue award for John Mayall) MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE February 16, 2016. On May 4, 2016 five legendary blues performers, two individuals who were instrumental in the creation of blues music, five single blues recordings, one blues album and an important piece of blues literature will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.

Elvin Bishop, Eddy Clearwater, Jimmy Johnson, John Mayall, and The Memphis Jug Band will each take their places beside performers who have been deemed by a group of blues scholars and industry veterans to be the Best in the Blues. Each of these musicians has carved his place in blues history. Bishop's beginnings with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to his more recent recognition for the 2015 Blues Music Awards "Song of the Year" have elevated him to the highest stature in blues music. Clearwater, Johnson, and Mayall each boast careers that have spanned more than a half century, and their talent has not waned as they each continue to produce music and to perform for devoted audiences, yet each are distinguishable by their stage presence and musical talent. The Memphis Jug Band's music crossed the racial divides of the first half of the twentieth century and inspired many musicians to follow in their footsteps. Non-performer individuals to be recognized by The Blues Foundation for their behind-the-scenes contributions are Malaco Records partners Tommy Couch, Sr. and Wolf Stephenson, whose label's first big hit was Dorothy Moore's "Misty Blue" in 1976, and who then went on to produce such blues greats as Bobby Bland, Little Milton, Z.Z. Hill, Denise LaSalle, Latimore, Johnnie Taylor, and Tyrone Davis. The business foundation they built has allowed Malaco to remain an active player in the music world today. The book Early Downhome Blues: A Musical and Cultural Analysis, by Jeff Todd Titon is the literature entry into the Blues Hall of Fame this year, and is one of the most important analytical studies of the blues to have been published. The classic album Blues in the Mississippi Night (Nixa, 1957: United Artists, 1959) is being honored as are the singles, "Crazy Blues" by Mamie Smith (OKeh, 1920), "That's All Right" by Jimmy Rogers (Chess, 1950), Billy Boy Arnold's "I Wish You Would" (Vee-Jay, 1955), Johnny Moore's Three Blazers' (Charles Brown, vocal and piano) "Merry Christmas Baby" (Exclusive, 1947), the first Yuletide song inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame, and "Blues Before Sunrise" by Leroy Carr and Scrapper Blackwell (Vocalion, 1934). Inductees' official biographies and descriptions are also available - click here. The induction ceremony will be held Wednesday, May 4, at the Sheraton Memphis Downtown in Memphis, Tennessee, the night before the 37th Blues Music Awards. With living musicians like Buddy Guy and Eric Clapton, and legends like Muddy Waters and Koko Taylor, the Blues Hall of Fame consists of blues music's best and brightest stars. The Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony will coincide with the one year anniversary of the opening of the Blues Hall of Fame Museum, also located in Memphis, TN at the home of the Blues Foundation. This state of the art facility celebrates the lives and the music of each Hall of Fame individual as well as the history of the music and the literature produced through the blues timeline. These newest inductees will be added to the museum's permanent exhibits and interactive displays in conjunction with their induction this May. On May 5, the night after the Blues Hall of Fame inductions, The Blues Foundation will present the Blues Music Awards for the 37th time. Performers, industry representatives, and fans from around the world will celebrate the best in blues recording, songwriting, and performance from the previous year at the Memphis Cook Convention Center in downtown Memphis. Just like London Buses, there is no news from UKBlues for ages and then, within ten days two items come along at once! In our recent Newsletter, we mentioned that we were in the process of putting a Crowd Funding page in place to raise funds to help us to contribute towards Red Butler's costs attending the European Blues Challenge which will be held next April in Italy and also to help raise some funding for UKBlues to enable us to pay off what we owe in set up costs and give us funds to move forward in 2016 with some of the things we are aiming to do. This fundraising project is now live and you can read all about it at http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ukblues where you can also contribute and show your support for Red Butler and UKBlues. Please help us to support the UK's representatives at the 6th European Blues Challenge and help us take the next steps to support and promote the blues in the UK. Any contribution will be gratefully received and will be of great help.

Before signing off, the board of UKBlues thanks you for your interest in and support for UKBlues and we would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and a safe, healthy and successful 2016. The UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) is pleased to announce that membership is now open to anybody who is involved in or supports the blues in the UK. By joining you will help UKBlues in its work to support and promote the blues in the UK.

Members will also have the facility to post details of their gigs, festivals and other similar events on the UKBlues Calendar page which, we hope, will become the most comprehensive online guide to blues events in the UK. It is also intended that there will, in the future, be exclusive content available on the website, for members only.

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