New Brunswick Battle Of The Blues: North West heat

Posted on: Monday, Jan 14, 2013


Six blues acts went head to head at the North West heat of The New Brunswick Battle of the Blues in Newton-le-Willows on 11th January, as part of a UK-wide search to find Britain’s best unsigned Blues talent.  The judging panel voted The Laurence Jones Band as the winner, and the band will now prepare for the London final, where they will compete against acts from the other four regional heats.  The final is taking place at Scala on 26th March.

The other acts at the North West heat were: 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 and David Broad from Leeds.  These acts still have a chance to make it through to the final in London by being chosen as the ‘Judges Choice’ which will be announced at the end of February.

The Canadian Province of New Brunswick has been looking to the UK to provide new performers for its world-renowned Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival.  Says competition organiser, Lee George, “The competition at this heat was fierce.  Six excellent acts provided a great evening of live entertainment. But there had to be just one overall winner and the Laurence Jones Band was chosen.”

After winning Laurence said, “It was a brilliant experience to perform live with five other really talented blues acts. I’m really excited and can’t wait to play in the final in London.  I’d like to thank Tourism New Brunswick for providing this great opportunity and for taking us one step closer towards Canada.”

The overall winner will get an all-expenses paid trip to the beautiful maritime province of New Brunswick to perform on one of the main stages at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in the provinces’ capital Fredericton in September.  They will also be given the chance to sample what New Brunswick has to offer including whale watching and the very best of the province’s hospitality!

Lee George again, “Travelling to the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival could be a life-changing opportunity to perform amongst the very best and to sample ‘the jewel of Atlantic Canada’ and all that the Province has to offer.”

For more information about the province of New Brunswick, the North West heat visit  To follow the progress of the competition, find it on Twitter @newbrunswickblu or Facebook at

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