The 2020 UKBlues Awards virtual presentation event took place on Sunday 17th May 2020. Inevitably, with the current restrictions, it was held online rather than at Dingwalls as originally planned. Congratulations must go to the Federation; it was magnificently managed and as good as an event of this nature could be. If you want to catch up on the awards or the performers at the presentations, it’s available on the UKBlues Federation’s YouTube channel and via their Facebook page.
MC for the event was none other than Paul Jones, and guest Award presenters Larkin Poe, Bernie Marsden, Bob Harris and Walter Trout all go to illustrate how revered these awards are.
Blues Artist of the Year – Elles Bailey
Blues Instrumentalist of the Year – Matt Long
Emerging Artist of the Year – James Oliver
Blues Band of the Year – Catfish
Acoustic Blues Act of the Year – Dom Martin
Jules Fothergill Young Blues Artist of the Year – Connor Selby
Blues Festival of the Year – Great British R&B Festival, Colne
UK Based Blues Broadcaster of the Year – Pete Feenstra
Blues Album of the Year – Elles Bailey; The Road I Call Home
Blues Venue of the Year – The Tuesday Night Music Club
Unsung Hero of the Year – Alan White
Any and all of the winners are worth seeking out if you like quality blues music and double award winner, Elles Bailey – See how she is currently supporting the NHS as featured on RAMzine here.