Tommy Allen and Johnny Hewitt to appear at New Brunswick Battle of the Blues heat at True Blues Club

Posted on: Wednesday, Dec 12, 2012


It has just been announced that Tommy Allen and Johnny Hewitt – The Blues Duo, has been chosen as one of six blues acts from across the region to compete in the North West heat of The New Brunswick Battle of the Blues. A fantastic night is in store for blues fans at the True Blues Club, Newton-le-Willows on the 11th January as the acts go head to head in a heat to find Britain’s best unsigned and original Blues artists.

The UK-wide talent search has reached its second stage and the duo is hoping to get through to the London final in March. The winners of the five UK heats and a ‘Judges Choice’ will compete to be the overall winner of the competition.  The winner will be flown out on an all-expenses paid trip to New Brunswick, Canada, to perform main stage at the province’s great Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in September 2013.

This search for the best of British blues has come about because the Canadian Province is looking to the UK to add a new act to the mix for its world-renowned festival in Fredericton.  Organiser Lee George says, “For the eventual winner at the finals in London in March, we’re hoping this will be a life-changing opportunity, performing amongst the very best and sampling ‘the jewel of Atlantic Canada’ with all that the province has to offer. New Brunswick is an incredibly beautiful part of Canada and we will show the winning act some of the world’s best whale watching, sea kayaking, breath-taking scenery and – very importantly – real New Brunswick hospitality.

“This is the third year we’ve run this competition and we always get fantastic entrants from the North West. The heat promises to be a night to remember for artists and fans alike. There will be six brilliant acts battling it out on 11th January at the True Blues Club for a place in the London final.  We want as many blues fans as possible to come along to the heat and share the excitement.”

For more information about the province of New Brunswick, the North West heat and how to attend on the night, visit    To follow the progress of the competition, find it on Facebook at



December 13th, 2012 at 18:14
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Full heat line-up for True Blues:

Tommy Allen and Johnny Hewitt – The Blues Duo from Chester (??)
Brandon Lee Webb Band from Wigan
After Hours Blues Band from Preston
The 45s from Carlisle
David Broad from Leeds and
Laurence Jones Band from Shipston-on-Stour