New Brunswick Battle of the Blues
Posted on: Friday, Nov 4, 2011
Search is on for Britain’s best blues talent
– North West heat
The search for Britain’s best unsigned and original Blues talent is to launch on 15 October and Newton-le-Willows has been chosen to host the North West heats. Following on from its highly successful first year in 2010/11, the competition will give the winning band or artist the fantastic opportunity of flying to Fredericton in the Canadian province of New Brunswick to perform on a world stage at the internationally-acclaimed Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in September 2012.
‘New Brunswick Battle of the Blues’ is searching for new and original talent to perform at the Festival in the province’s capital, Fredericton. The competition invites bands or singer/songwriters from the North West to enter the first stage between 15 October and 15 December. Successful musicians will come head-to-head in the North West heat, to be held at the True Blues Club in Newton-le-Willows on 13 January. All the regional winners from 4 different heats around the country will take part in the London final in March and will be 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.
Says Lisa Gagnon, who’s organising the competition in the UK for New Brunswick; ‘The Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival felt the UK had a lot to offer in the way of exceptional blues musicians and we had the most fantastic response from artists all over the country last year. We want to tap into the blues scene once again and find some more original and unsigned talent’.
Last year saw the very first New Brunswick Battle of the Blues taking place and the winning band, 24 Pesos, have recently returned from their trip to New Brunswick. Says Julian Burdock from the band; ‘The competition is a fantastic opportunity for emerging or established British blues artists to raise their profile, play on a world stage – and experience the wonders of the Canadian maritime province that is New Brunswick!’
Bands or solo singer/songwriters can enter the first stage of the competition by visiting www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk. Artists will need to demonstrate the ability to produce new and original work, though some covers are permitted. To qualify, they will need to be unsigned at the time of the competition (including the final). Entries will be accepted from 15 October up until 15 December.
New Brunswick is one of Canada’s 3 maritime provinces and is known as the ‘Jewel of Atlantic Canada’. The province is rich in history, culture and natural beauty and music is an integral part of its psyche. Visit www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk for more information.
The Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival is an annual music festival held in Fredericton, the capital of New Brunswick. It has an international following and features blues, jazz and world music, taking over the city for 5 days in September.
Details of heats:
- 13th January, True Blues Club, Newton Le Willows
- 18th January, The Thunderbolt, Bristol
- 19th January, New Crawdaddy Blues Club, Billericay
- 27th January, Byker & St Peters Social Club, Newcastle