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British Blues Awards Winners 2011 Announced!

British Blues Awards Winners 2011 Announced!

British Blues Awards


Following the Newark Blues Festival on Sunday September 11th the winners of the 2011 British Blues Awards were announced; artists and bands were nominated, and voted for, by music fans.

Ian Seigal won the Male Vocal Award- he has been responsible for some of the most impressive blues / roots albums in recent years – however, we  do wonder what happened to such as Chris Farlowe, Paul Cox, Earl Green and several other eminent vocalists

 Joanne Shaw Taylor won her second Female Vocal award this year and we congratulate her – but in future we’d hope to see some of the great British Female vocalists on the line-up.

Here’s a full list of all the winners:

Male Vocal – Ian Siegal
2nd Oli Brown
3rd Marcus Bonfanti

Female Vocal – Joanne Shaw Taylor
2nd Sandi Thom
3rd Connie Lush

Band – Oli Brown Band
2nd Ian Siegal Band
3rd Matt Schofield Band

Guitar – Matt Schofield
2nd Robin Trower
3rd Oli Brown

Harmonica – Paul Jones
2nd Giles King
3rd Paul Lamb

Keyboard – Jonny Henderson
2nd Paddy Milner
3rd Bennett Holland

Bass – Andy Graham
2nd Fergie Fulton
3rd Silas Maitland

Drums – Wayne Proctor
2nd Alan Taylor
3rd Paul Hamilton

Instrumentalist – Son Henry (lap steel)
2nd Patsy Gamble
3rd Kyla Brox

Young Artist – Chantel McGregor
2nd Oli Brown
3rd Ben Poole

Blues Festival – Colne
2nd Blues on The Farm
3rd Maryport

Overseas Artist – Joe Bonamassa
2nd Walter Trout
3rd Buddy Whittington

Broadcast – Paul Jones
2nd Gary Grainger
3rd Tim Aves

Album – Heads I Win Tails You Lose – Oli Brown
2nd Merchants and Thieves – Sandi Thom
3rd Porchlight – Todd Sharpville

A tree has been planted in Newark Castle Park to commemorate the life of blues man KEVIN THORPE

a plaque was unveiled on Sunday and an award for song writing was created in his name. The inaugural winners of the Kevin Thorpe Songwriter Award are:

1st – Joanne Shaw Taylor for Same As It Never Was
2nd – Todd Sharpville for Lousy Husband
3rd – Ben Poole for Everything I Want

UK Blues specialist magazine ‘Blues in Britain’ presented Paul Jones with a Lifetime Achievement Award for over fifty years of service to music, the blues, the arts and broadcasting.

Live and Live Music London offers their congratulations to all of those listed and to the Nottingham Blues Society for the mountain of behind the scenes work. We look forward to seeing the awards developing on a truly comprehensive scale


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