2nd UK Blues Awards 2020

The Awards Show

The 2020 FORM UKBlues Awards Presentation was due to have taken place on Sunday 17th May 2020 at Dingwalls, 11 Middle Yard, Camden Lock, London NW1 8AB. However due to Covid restrictions the event at Dingwalls was unfortunately cancelled. Instead a virtual Awards event was arranged for release on the same date, broadcast on the UKBlues Federation YouTube Channel. The Awards Show comprised 11 Awards followed by a 12 strong Jam Session performing The Allman Brothers classic ‘Soulshine’.

MC :  Paul Jones

Guest Presenters :  Lorna Fothergill, Rosy Greer, Bob Harris, Bernie Marsden, Larkin Poe, Steve Potter, Suellen Raven and Walter Trout

Opening Titles Music  :  Matt Long

Live Music Videos : The Achievers, Elles Bailey, Kyla Brox, Catfish, Connor Selby, Crossfire Blues Band, Dom Martin and James Oliver Band.

Video Producer :  Kev Hickman

Event Producer :  Paul Long

Whilst the award categories, finalists and winners are documented below, the Virtual Show iand Jam Session are still available to view on the UKBlues Federation YouTube Channel.

You can see them here and now, so get yourself a drink, sit back and enjoy …



Now grab another drink, sit back and enjoy the Jam Session. The band comprised Rufus Fry (The Achievers) : Harmonica, Kev Hickman (Catfish) and Graham Walker (Crossfire) : Drums, Danny Blomeley (Kyla Brox Band) and Adam Pyke (Catfish): Bass, Connor Selby, Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens, Matt Long : Guitars, Paul Long ; Keyboards, Elles Bailey, Kyla Brox, Alice Armstrong (Crossfire) : Lead Vocals.  Enjoy!



Categories, Finalists and Winners

Blues Artist of the Year – sponsored by Blues in the South

Finalists :

Elles Bailey
Kyla Brox
Laurence Jones
Connie Lush
Dom Martin





Blues Instrumentalist of the Year – sponsored by Digital Blues

Finalists :

Chris Corcoran
Martin Harley
Matt Long
Giles Robson
Will Wilde





Emerging Artist of the Year – sponsored by the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

Finalists :

The Achievers
Dom Martin
James Oliver
Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens
Connor Selby





Blues Band of the Year – sponsored by The Meeting Room, Elland

Finalists :

The Achievers
Elles Bailey
The Cinelli Brothers
Malone Sibun





Acoustic Blues Act of the Year – sponsored by Blues on the Bay, Eaglescliffe

Finalists :

Half Deaf Clatch
Dave Ferra
Martin Harley
Dom Martin
Trevor Babajack Steger





Jules Fothergill Young Blues Artist of the Year – sponsored by Bluefunk Rhythm & Blues Club

Finalists :

Tom G Ford
Toby Lee
Marcus Praestgaard-Stevens
Connor Selby
Charli White





Blues Based Festival of the Year – sponsored by EarlyBlues.com

Finalists :

Carlisle Blues Rock Festival
Ealing Blues Festival
Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne
Old Bush Blues
Upton Blues Festival





Dave Raven UK Blues Based Broadcaster of the Year – sponsored by Blues Matters!

Finalists :

Richard Dunning
Pete Feenstra
Gary Grainger
Paul Long
Ashwyn Smyth





Blues Album of the Year – sponsored by The Colourblind Blues Show

Finalists :

Burning Bridges – Catfish
Cat Squirrel – Martin Mcneill
Pain & Glory – Kyla Brox
Road I Call Home – Elles Bailey
The Lost Arc – The Achievers





Blues Club/Venue of the Year – sponsored by Upton Blues Festival

Finalists :

Bluefunk Rhythm & Blues Club, Poynton
Goin’ Up The Country, Worthenbury
New Crawdaddy Blues Club, Basildon
St Harmonica’s Blues Club, Southgate
The Tuesday Night Music Club, Coulsdon





Blues Unsung Hero – sponsored by the UKBlues Federation


Reviews and Interviews

Click here for Review by Blues Matters!

Comments and Feedback

“The UKBlues Federation is pleased to announce that, thanks to the generous and continuing sponsorship and support of the headline and event sponsors, we were able to pay the musicians who were originally booked to play the event a fee slightly greater than that originally agreed whilst all the jam band musicians also received a fee in recognition of their contribution.  In these very challenging times, the UKBlues Federation is pleased to be able to give some financial support, albeit in a small way “.


If any reader has memorabilia of the event please email alan@earlyblues.com


To be kept up to date with UKBlues Federation developments, why not join their mailing list or, even better, join the UKBlues Federation?

Click here to join the mailing list.

Click here to join the UKBlues Federation.