Paul Jones hosts 2021 UKBLUES AWARDS

Blues UK Awards Winners 2021

The winners of the 2021 UKBLUES AWARDS were announced last night — 9th May — at a ceremony in London: an event that, even though it took a virtual format, proved every bit as illustrious, stellar & abundantly accomplished as all the blues events that have gone on before. The awarding body, the UKBlues Federation, streamed the event via their Facebook page and YouTube channel. 

Despite this event being held virtually, the awards were announced live. If you missed the show, you can catch it at your leisure on the UKBlues Federation YouTube channel.

The evening was compèred by blues legend and broadcaster Paul Jones (seen above). Paul also presented the International Artist Award and also presented a special feature in remembrance of the late Chris Barber, in which Paul reminisced with Andy Fairweather Low about the remarkable and seminal man whom many credit with introducing the blues to the UK.

UK Blues Awards 2021

The evening culminated with a showstopping jam version of a song that seems well-suited to the moment — ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ — featuring many of the winners and finalists from the 2021 UKBlues Awards.

The award categories were presented by star presenters, as follows, and the winners are:

Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year, presented by Bob Harris: Dom Martin

UK Blues Artist of the Year, presented by Cerys Matthews: Elles Bailey

Blues Band of the Year, presented by Jon Cleary: When Rivers Meet

Blues Instrumentalist of the Year, presented by Joe Bonnamassa: Matt Long

Jules Fothergill Young Blues Artist of the Year, presented by Lorna Fothergill: Connor Selby

Emerging Blues Artist of the Year, presented by Erja Lyytinen: When Rivers Meet

International Blues Artist of the Year, presented by Paul Jones: Shemekia Copeland

Dave Raven UK Blues-based Broadcaster of the Year, presented by Suellen Raven: Paul Long

Blues Album of the Year, presented by Mike Vernon: When Rivers Meet,  We Fly Free

Blues-based Festival or Event of the Year:  Great British Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness

Most Innovative Use of Virtual Media of the Year: Tuesday Night Music Club

Most Inspirational Online Performance of the Year: When Rivers Meet, for Rock the Lockdown

Unsung Blues Hero 2021, presented by Kaz Hawkins: Mark Horsley

Unsung Blues Hero 2021, presented by Ashwyn Smyth: Nick Westgarth

Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year was presented by Bob Harris
Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year was presented by Bob Harris

Our congratulations go to all the winners,” says Ashwyn Smyth (Founder & Chair of the UKBlues Federation), “but also we want to take this opportunity to recognize and pay tribute — not just to the winners and the finalists in each category — but also to everybody involved in and with the blues in the UK, who have done what they can to keep music alive throughout this ongoing pandemic.”

“Huge thanks go to Paul Long, who labored long and hard putting the event together and producing it, as well as creating the final jam. Thanks too to Kev Hickman for his work creating the video. Also, thank-you to all the musicians who joined in and took part in the final jam, which you can also watch on our YouTube channel. And thank- you to the Board of the UKBlues Federation for all that they do every day to ensure that events like this can, and do, happen and are successful.”

“The UKBlues Awards would not, however, happen without the very generous support of those firms, organizations and individuals who agreed to provide sponsorship both for the event and for the Awards themselves so, once again, we send them our thanks.”

RAW RAMP also offer congratulations to everyone involved in this excellent event, celebrating the UK blues scene, and to the finalists and winners; also to the sponsors who made the Awards possible, and everyone who contributed to the sense of occasion. Thanks also to everyone who watched the event live. Remember, it can still be viewed on the UKBlues Federation YouTube channel.

Main image: credit YouTube / UKBlues Awards

Link: https://www.facebook.com/UKBlues

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