New Brunswick Battle of the Blues finds regional crème-de-la-crème for London final

New Brunswick Battle of the Blues finds regional  crème-de-la-crème for London final

Five Battle of the Bands-style heats of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues competition have now produced 5 of the best unsigned and original blues acts in the country.  They will go head-to-head at the competition’s London final at the 100 Club in Oxford Street on 29 March and the winning act will be taken to New Brunswick’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival to perform on a world stage.  The final acts are The Dan Sowerby Band from Salisbury, Chris James from Carlisle, The River Devils from Edinburgh, 24 Pesos from London and Cherry Lee Mewis from Bedford.

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.  The Festival celebrates its 20th Anniversary in 2011.  For the province’s tourism department this was also a unique opportunity to raise the profile of the Canadian ‘maritime’.  The search for original talent started in October 2010, with an initial entry stage via YouTube.   Six bands were subsequently chosen to battle it out at each of five regional heats in Glasgow, Southampton, Chorley, Billericay and Beeston, Nottingham.

Says competition organiser, Lee George; “The five heats have been an incredible success, with some brilliant blues talent coming forward and huge audiences at each event. It’s also been a wonderful opportunity to introduce New Brunswick to a new audience.’

There is also a public vote for the last place in the final, the general public can go to to hear the two runners up from each of the 5 heats – and rate all of them. The ‘winning’ runner up will then join the other finalists in London.

The winner of the final will get an all-expenses paid trip to the beautiful maritime province of New Brunswick to play on one of the main stages at the Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival in the provinces’ capital Fredericton in September.

Lee George again; “New Brunswick is not only a wonderful part of Canada, but it has a musical heartbeat like nowhere else in the world.  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 competition and the province of New Brunswick, visit All proceeds from the evening’s ticket sales will go to Veterans Aid:

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