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8th April 2014
Posted by Ashwyn Smyth

I am keeping everything crossed that things are back to normal this week, if not, please bear with me! On the 11th & 12th April, the fourth European Blues Challenge takes place in Riga and on this week’s Digital Blues on Gateway 97.8 I bring you tracks from all 18 contestants – it is the next best thing to actually being there!

I have tracks from 44 Blues – Croatia, Big Creek Slim – Denmark, The Hightones – Sweden, Lavrix Band – Latvia, Marco Pandolfi – Italy, Mike Seeber Trio – Germany, Bomb Lane Band – Russia, Ina Forsman with Helge Tallqvist Band – Finland, T. Rogers – Humgary, A Contra Blues – Spain, Fred & the Healers – Belgium, Shake Your Hips – France, The Bacon Fats – Switzerland, David Migden & the Twisted Roots – UK, The Blues Nation – Romania, Pristine – Norway, Fenzl Experience – Austria and the John F Klaver Band – The Netherlands.

In the gig guide I am joined by Connie Lush, Katie Bradley, Guy Tortora, The Hoax and Federal Charm whilst, to round things off, there are new releases from the Welsh T Band and Cathy Lemons

EuroBlues Bonanza! Variety galore and one or two surprises.

Listen in between 21.00 & 23.00 p.m. UK time Wednesday by tuning your radio to 97.8fm in Basildon, East Thurrock and surrounds or by clicking on the Listen Live button in the web site header at and/or at

Digital Blues on Gateway 97.8 – Wednesday 9th April 2014between 21.00 & 23.00 UK time repeated on Sunday 13th April between 20.00 & 22.00 UK time.

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