North West heat of The New Brunswick Battle of the Blues – **FRIDAY**

Posted on: Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013

Blues acts through to the North West heat of The New Brunswick Battle of the Blues

**Don’t forget that the regional heat is this week**

Six blues acts have been chosen from musicians across the region to compete in the North West heat of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues.  They will go head to head at The True Blues Club in Newton-le-Willows on the 11th January in the competition to find Britain’s best unsigned and original blues artists.   The UK-wide search has now reached the regional heat stage and the competing acts chosen for the North West heat can now be revealed as being:

  • 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

The overall competition 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 New Brunswick is looking to the UK to add a new act to the mix for its world-renowned Festival in Fredericton.

Says competition organiser Lee George, “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. The heat on the 11th January promises to be a night to remember for artists and fans alike. There will be 6 brilliant acts battling it out for a place in the 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 Twitter @newbrunswickblu or Facebook at
For further information, interview, images or press tickets, please contact Rachel Shimell or Miranda Johnson on 02380 732981/ 01962 890208 or email: Rachel.shimell@gmail. com or

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