FORM UKBlues Awards 2018 – Sponsors

Being part of the brand new UK wide FORM UKBlues Awards and helping make the premier Awards for the Blues in the UK happen

Without the generosity of these sponsors, the FORM UKBlues Awards would not be taking place and so we express our great gratitude to all those who have agreed to offer sponsorship, whether it be of the Awards event or of individual Awards. Their support serves to ensure that the FORM UKBlues Awards will be the premier Awards for the blues in the UK.



Total Sponsorship of the FORM UKBlues Awards

FORM is a commercial interiors business that operates throughout London and the South East.  Working with a wide range of organisations including building occupiers, universities, schools, landlords and investors,  FORM carry out a variety of projects from high-end workplace fit-outs to sympathetic change-of-use and refurbishments.

FORM work closely with design teams and consultants both on a traditional and design and build basis as well as providing furniture for offices, schools and other commercial environments.

In 2018 FORM are opening a new office in Sussex to bring their expertise and services to the South Coast.

FORM are already active supporters of live music holding open mic nights at their showroom in Clerkenwell and supporting industry events such as ConstructionRocks.com. Our clients are regularly invited to attend live music events at the O2 where we have use of a private box throughout the year.

Our belief is that music provides a great platform for building relationships through shared experiences and combining business and music is an excellent way to enjoy what we do as well as supporting those that bring their talents to the stage for all of our enjoyment.

Please do get in touch if you think we could work together.


t: 020 7251 9111

e: info@formfitout.co.uk


8a Herbal Hill, London EC1R 5EJ



2nd Tier Sponsorships of FORM UKBlues Awards Presentation Event:

Blues in Britain Magazine

Your Monthly Blues Magazine Covering The British Isles.

Each month we bring you all the blues news from around the UK, gig, festival and album reviews, plus interviews with artists who are appearing in the UK in the coming month. We also ask bands to introduce themselves to our readers, so that you are familiar with their work.

We have the only published comprehensive gig guide covering the next six weeks and a separate Festival listing. If you like to listen to your blues on the radio we have a listing of all the shows presented by members of the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association.

Subscribing is the cheapest option and gets the magazine delivered to your door every month of the year. We also offer an online reading version at a reduced rate.

All the details are on our website. www.bluesinbritain.org

You can also follow us on Twitter @BluesBritain

Find out about our activities on our Facebook page.  www.facebook.com/BluesInBritain/



Worthing Pier – Southern Pavilion

We are indebted to Phil Duckett of Worthing Pier for offering us the superb Southern Pavilion of Worthing Pier as the venue for the FORM UKBlues Awards event.

Beautifully restored to its original 1930s Art Deco splendour, the last few years has seen Worthing Pier’s Southern Pavilion

Southern Pavilion, (the Grade II listed building at the end of Worthing Pier) has recently had a complete refurbishment returning it to its original Art Deco glory days of the 1930’s.The refurbishment included installation of beautiful crystal chandeliers, natural oak wood floors and renovation of the building’s original features.

The building has become a ‘must play’ venue for both national and international blues artists and the UKBlues Federation is honoured that promoter Phil Duckett has agreed to host the Awards event at this unique and very special venue.

The Southern Pavilion is available for hire Weddings and other events, with two function rooms both with marriage ceremony licences. Come down for a coffee to savour the atmosphere and arrange a show-round.

Call on 01903 366 017, or visit at Marine Parade, Worthing BN11 3PX or get in touch via the Pier’s website – www.worthingpier.co.uk



Sponsors of Individual Award Categories :

Male Blues Vocalist of the Year

Blues In The South

Blues In The South (BITS) was first published in 1987 under the editorship of the Southampton blues musician Bob Pearce.

In Bob’s hands BITS became a key resource to assist venues and musicians in the Southampton area of England to promote their gigs and to find out what was going on in the area. For 16 years Bob, without any payment whatsoever, and occasionally without any sponsorship, produced without fail, a monthly edition of what was then a flyer.

In January 2004, publication of BITS was taken over by Ian McKenzie, a long-time blues enthusiast, Big Bill Broonzy fanatic and occasional blues musician. The immediate plan for BITS “under new management” was to extend the area of its remit all along the south coast of England and later to ‘go on line’.

Since January 2004, BITS has covered the area from Exmouth to Eastbourne and a bit more besides! It is now a multi-page ezine delivered monthly as an easily accessed pdf file. However, the principal aim of BITS remains the same. To promote and bring to public prominence, blues music of all kinds. Since its inception, Blues in the South has reported on blues, gospel, soul, cajun music, zydeco and rock n’ roll and it will continue to do so! The ezine includes gigs, record and concert reviews, news and gossip about the blues and blues-related material.




Female Blues Vocalist of the Year

Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival

Colne Town Council, since taking on the responsibility of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival at the end of 2016 from Pendle Leisure Trust, has made no secret about their desire to modernise the event and increase the representation of women across the board.

For 2018, not only are 3 out of 6 headline acts fronted by women, the majority of managers behind the scenes are also women and the Council aims to continue this philosophy for the festival indefinitely into the future.





Blues Band of the Year

Saltburn Blues Club

Bringing the best of local and national rhythm and blues to Saltburn is a non profit Club run by Saltburn promoter Harry Simpson.

Harry formed the club in Sept 2011 having identified the need for a Saltburn venue for the blues to add to its existing vibrant music scene.

The Cricket Club is situated on Markse Mill Lane. Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy the many attractions of this beautiful Victorian seaside resort.

Saltburn Blues Club looks forward to welcoming you and providing quality rhythm and blues for your enjoyment.




Acoustic Blues Act of the Year

John Cee Stannard

John has been a singer-songwriter for more than fifty years and is privileged to have worked with many talented musicians.

Before releasing his first solo album he was a founder member of the folk group Tudor Lodge.   2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Tudor Lodge in which John is still active with partner Lynne Whiteland.

In January of 2011, John wrote half a dozen songs.  One of them was a bluesy number; five of those songs fell by the wayside but the blues number struck a chord.  Over the next few months, a couple of dozen blues based songs joined the growing list of songs which took John in a completely new direction.

In May 2013 the John Cee Stannard Blues Orchestra CD, “The Doob Doo Album” was launched.

So having his roots in the folk world, John found himself writing, arranging and producing an album of his own blues based songs.   Finally, a dream he had nurtured for decades had become a reality.  John has since released a further three blues based albums and a Christmas EP.

In addition to being a musician, John has written a novel; “The GRiPPENHAM Tales – The Hidden Truth”; and worked as a film extra (Harry Potter – Goblet Of Fire) .  He presents his own Blues Hour show on Blast1386 and makes regular appearances on BBC Radio Berkshire. John is a member of the UK’s Independent Blues Broadcasters Association, and the UK Blues Federation.




Young Blues Artist of the Year

Jessica Foxley Music Projects

Jessica Foxley was a talented musician who died at the age of 21 in 2009. Soon after their loss, Jessica’s family decided they wanted to do something to help young musicians develop their musical abilities and gain exposure. The outcome of this was the formation of Jessica Foxley Music Projects, a not for profit organisation dedicated to running music projects aimed at:

  • – helping upcoming young musicians to extend their experience and develop their skills
  • – giving public exposure to outstanding young musicians
  • – helping sustain existing music making activities by introducing fresh, young talent
  • – collaborating with other organisations to provide high calibre performance opportunities for young musicians

Jessica Foxley Unsigned was the first project, set up in 2010. Now in its 9th year, the project forms an important part of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival held over the August Bank Holiday in Colne, Lancashire. Jessica Foxley Unsigned attracts younger musicians of a very high standard from across the UK.

Jessica Foxley Music Projects is delighted to sponsor the Young Blues Artist category of the FORM UKBlues Awards.




Blues Based Festival of the Year

Blues & Roots PR

Blues & Roots PR (UK) offers a realistic solution for independent artists who don’t have the time, inclination or expertise to promote themselves to press and radio, or the budget to employ a large or long-established PR company.

Efficiently promote your album to all the press and radio contacts that count, from blogs and podcasts to glossy magazines and national radio, without wasting your valuable product or your precious time.

Website – https://bluesandrootspr.com/






UK Blues Based Broadcaster of the Year


For 17 years the New Crawdaddy Blues Club in Essex has been one of the foremost blues venues in the UK welcoming varied blues acts from around the region, around the UK, around the world.

Sadly forced to close in the summer of 2017, the Club has always been recognised as a musicians’ venue with many visiting acts hailing the welcome they received and the professionalism of the ‘Crawdaddy Crew’, a hard working team of volunteers which includes a number of lifelong and talented musicians who frequently support the headline acts.

The Club also has a fiercely loyal band of regulars and is renowned as a venue with a listening audience, which makes it a must play venue for so many acts.

What the future holds for the New Crawdaddy Blues Club is far from certain but, as the saying goes, Elvis has not left the building ….. yet!

The New Crawdaddy Blues Club is proud to support the work of British Blues Broadcasters by sponsoring this important award which recognises an often unsung group of ardent supporters of the blues in the UK.




Blues Album of the Year

The Colourblind Blues Show

The Colourblind Blues Show is a weekly Blues Radio Show broadcast (Sundays 7-9pm) on Radio Gwendolen 1287AM (Leicester General Hospital’s Radio Station) and on line at www.radiogwendolen.co.uk.

The show is presented by Mark ‘Haff’ Haughan, a colour blind design teacher, hence the show’s name (and his bizarre range of neck ties). Haff plays a diverse range of music, covering the whole blues genre.

Along with playing great music, Haff aims to inform and educate listeners by providing background stories and additional information on the tracks being played.

Being active in the Leicester live music scene, Haff is keen to promote local artists, both more and less well known and local blues festivals. Oh, and he has an impressive collection of guitars. You can never have too many, right?





Blues Songwriter of the Year

Sunday Morning Soul

Sunday Morning Soul has been promoting independent Blues & Roots music for over 15 years, In Canada, Coast to Coast. Host Johnny Max, as a performer himself, knows the importance of good music being heard as often as possible. Johnny has an affinity to his home style of Blues too. Born in Glasgow, he loves some of the great Blues & Roots music coming out of The UK, over the last decade or so. Sunday Morning Soul can be heard on a number of stations across North America and obviously across the planet too. Check out Where Good Music Lives at www.sundaymorningsoul.com – This isn’t Your Daddy’s Blues!




Blues Club/Venue of the Year

The British Blues Archive

The British Blues Archive is a registered Charity that was set up by Peter Harvie and Stevie King in 2011 to create an archive which concentrates upon British Blues, that great music that means so much to so many people.

The archive documents the history, musicians, the venues and the instruments that make up British Blues.

In 2016 the British Blues Archive amalgamated with the UKBlues Federation which created what is, almost certainly, the most comprehensive online historical resource for all things related to British Blues.  Find out more by visiting http://www.ukblues.org/our-work/education-2





Blues Personality of the Year

The Meeting Room, Elland

Come on down and join in on The Meeting Room live music experience. Nothing beats seeing bands live on stage – the atmosphere, the sounds, the vibe – it’s always a real extravaganza!

The Meeting Room is what you’d call an intimate music venue. You’ll enjoy being up close and personal with some of today’s up and coming blues rock bands, covering the whole spectrum of the blues, from deep down and soulful through to gigs that are really rocking.

We’ve plenty of parking and a bar selling all your favourite tipples as well as a couple of guest beers supplied by local microbreweries. Seating is available if you prefer not to stand.

There’s a powerful professional quality sound system at the venue managed by sound professionals

If you enjoy live music, then it’s time to enjoy a gig at The Meeting Room. For details of upcoming gigs and to book tickets visit http://www.themeetingroomelland.co.uk/gigs/



Lifetime Contribution to the Blues in the UK

Raven & Blues










Innovation in the Blues in the UK

Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire

Ever since they organised the first Hebden Bridge Blues Festival, when Jason Elliott and Paddy Maguire were told “this is what you should do because this is how it’s always done”, they have been relentless cheerleaders for innovation in the UK Blues scene.

All through the 100 episodes of the Blues and Soul Show to their current role, leading the new incarnation of the Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, the multi-award-winning duo’s desire to broaden the base of what is acceptably “Blues” continues apace.





Regional: Blues Act of the Year – England

Sound Discs

Sound Discs are thrilled to be one of this year’s UK Blues Awards’ sponsors. We have been pressing CDs, DVDs & Vinyl for Artists and Bands, new and heritage of all styles, since 1996, many of whom you will know from the UK Blues Awards as winners, nominees and enthusiastic participants, all soaking up the soul and atmosphere of this wonderful celebration of the Blues.

Sound Discs, an award winning UK company, was founded by musicians for musicians to cater for every aspect of the disc pressing process, audio mastering, encoding, graphic design and short run budget promo CDR duplication, in a language we understand and with a care we all need and would expect. Sound Discs can handle the complete process for you or partially assist with the design and audio leading up to the final disc pressing production.

With manufacturing lines in Europe, UK & USA, Sound Discs provides competitive pricing worldwide whilst ensuring the highest quality product, ready for retail distribution, merchandise at gigs, website mail order and promotion for press, radio and agents.

Sound Discs have been working with companies in music, film, marketing, software and publishing for over 20 years, providing anything from short run CD-R duplication to Professionally Packaged Disc Replication in the thousands.

We wish everyone all the very best in these awards and here’s to celebrating the past, present and future of the Blues!




Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Northern Ireland

Red Pepper Promotions

Red Pepper Promotions is a new Belfast based husband and wife team of Fenton & Audrey Parsons who are both passionate supporters of live music in Northern Ireland and the blues genre in particular. In their first year (2017) they have helped many local acts obtain gigs and have also taken on the management of the new up and coming Belfast Blues artist Dom Martin who recently opened for Kaz Hawkins at her KHB farewell gig in Belfast. Fenton himself is a blues drummer with local Belfast band Blues Direct and promotes the Blues in Northern Ireland at any opportunity,.

“There is a wealth of Blues talent in Northern Ireland which by and large is overlooked in the UK mainstream. Kaz Hawkins’ recent successes have helped to highlight NI and have encouraged other Blues artists to step up to the plate”.

We are delighted to be able to sponsor the 2018 Northern Ireland Blues Artist of the Year Award”.




Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Scotland

Edinburgh Blues Club

The Edinburgh Blues Club is a Social Enterprise established in January 2014 to harness support for regular blues events in Edinburgh. The club provides at least a monthly blues event, featuring touring blues acts from the UK and beyond, with support from the finest local blues artists.

The Edinburgh Blues Club features a diverse range of styles with a strong blues influence with varying elements of rock, soul, jazz, funk, country and folk. Every show is different.

The club is now the biggest blues club in Scotland and the only one to host international acts. While our shows are on public sale through various outlets, membership of the Edinburgh Blues Club is available for £12 per month. This regular payment covers entry to all our hosted shows, providing a considerable saving for regular attendees.

Members have an influence on future artists’ bookings and benefit from price reductions for additional tickets to both our shows and other events in the city on sale at our shows.




Regional: Blues Act of the Year – Wales

Mid-Wales R&B Club

The Mid Wales R&B Club was started by Chris and Cath Rogers in 2014 and started in pubs around Powys’ but in 2015 moved to Rhayader at Carad and then to The Muse in Brecon in 2017.

The Mid Wales R&B Club is currently run by a small but perfectly formed husband and wife team plus new team member Angus Kings.

Chris and Cath started the club as a way to bring together people as passionate about Blues as they were. Since then, the Club has grown both in size and popularity with the monthly gigs regularly selling out and Blues artists from far and wide wanting to play the Club.