North East blues acts can play at blues festival in Canada!

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(copyright) Gordon Lethbridge,

I’m very pleased to have been asked to help publicise this competition, which will give UK blues musicians the chance to play at a prestigious Canadian blues festival – all expenses paid! Let’s spread the word and give our local bands a shot at this great gig!

Here’s the full details:

Search launched for North’s best blues talent – part of UK-wide Battle of the Blues

A brand new search for Britain’s best emerging Blues talent launched on 12 October and Newcastle, Darlington and the surrounding areas have been chosen as a potential hotbed of fresh, unsigned, musical talent.  But this is no ordinary search – it’s being led by the Canadian province of New Brunswick, and the winning band or artist will have the fantastic opportunity of flying to New Brunswick and performing at the world-renowned Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton in September 2011. Heats will be held throughout the country and the Northern heat will be held at BJ’s Blues Club at The Hop Pocket in Chorley.

‘New Brunswick Battle of the Blues’ invites bands or singer/songwriters to enter the first stage of the competition via YouTube from now until 17 December and successful musicians will be selected to perform at an exciting one night Battle of the Bands-style heat on 29 January 2011.  The regional winners will travel to London for the final to be held on 29 March and judged by a panel of blues greats. Regional runners up will be put to a public vote and the public choices will also get to perform on the London stage.

But there can only be one outright UK winner and they must prove they can produce new and original work and they must be unsigned.  Says Lisa Gagnon, who’s organising the competition in the UK for New Brunswick, “The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival is looking for new international talent to add to their line-up for 2011 and we feel the UK has a lot to offer in the way of exceptional blues musicians.  We want to tap into the blues scene and find some real gems.”

Entries will be accepted from 12th October up until the 17th December.  First stage entry is via YouTube and details are available at So if you think you or your band can rise to the challenge, visit the website to find out more.


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