3rd UK Blues Awards 2021

The Awards Show

Following the highly successful Virtual Awards Show in 2020, going online due to Covid restrictions, the same was also necessary for 2021. So The 2021 UKBlues Awards Show again became a virtual Awards event broadcast on 9th May 2021 on the UKBlues Federation YouTube Channel. The Awards Show comprised 14 Awards including a special feature in remembrance of the late Chris Barber, in which Paul Jones reminisced with Andy Fairweather Low about the remarkable and seminal man whom many credit with introducing the blues to the UK.  Following the Awards came an incredible 25 strong Jam Session featuring many of the award winners and finalists.

Compere :  Paul Jones

Guest Presenters : Bob Harris, Joe Bonamassa, Jon Cleary, Erja Lyytinen, Kaz Hawkins, Cerys Matthews, Andy Fairweather Low, and Mike Vernon

Opening Titles Music  :  Matt Long

Live Music Videos : Elles Bailey, Shemekia Copeland, Matt Long, Dom Martin, Connor Selby, When Rivers Meet

Jam Music Producer :  Paul Long

Jam Video Producer :  Kev Hickman

Event Producer :  Paul Long

Event Sponsors : Form Fit-Out, Millett’s Electrical, NE Electrical Solutions, Oxden Flooring

Whilst the award categories, finalists and winners are documented below, the Virtual Show and the follow-on 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 get yourself another drink and watch the 2021 UKBlues Awards finale jam to ‘Let The Good Times Roll’ – featuring many of the winners and finalists from the 2021 UKBlues Awards – a proper celebration of the UK Blues scene! :



Categories, Finalists and Winners


Reviews and Interviews

Click here for Review by Rock & Blues Muse

Comments and Feedback

Ashwyn Smyth, Chair of the UKBlues Federation :

“Our congratulations go to all the winners but also we want to take this opportunity to recognise and pay tribute — not just to the winners and the finalists in each category — but also to everybody involved in and with the blues in the UK, who have done what they can to keep music alive throughout this ongoing pandemic. Huge thanks go to Paul Long, who laboured long and hard putting the event together and producing it, as well as creating the final jam. Thanks too to Kev Hickman for his work creating the video. Also, thank you to all the musicians who joined in and took part in the final jam, which you can also watch on our YouTube channel. And thank you to the Board of the UKBlues Federation for all that they do every day to ensure that events like this can, and do, happen and are successful. The UKBlues Awards would not, however, happen without the very generous support of those firms, organisations and individuals who agreed to provide sponsorship both for the event and for the Awards themselves so, once again, we send them our thanks”


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


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