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1st May 2013
Posted by Ashwyn Smyth


It may be May Day but there will be no maypole dancing on this week’s Digital Blues on Gateway 97.8 on Wednesday, I don’t have time as it is a very busy show!

I will be exclusively announcing the eight nominees in the British Blues Awards 2013 Female Vocalist of the Year category which is sponsored by Digital Blues and playing tracks by four of the nominees. But I am not going to tell you who they are so you will have to tune in to find out!  There is another chance to catch the Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award for Original British Blues song nominee, Tom Doughty.

There is a track from this month’s IBBA Album of the Month, ‘Highwire’ by the Daniel Smith Blues Band plus a couple of tracks from the new, soon to be released Shaggy Dogs CD and an interview with the writer of all the lyrics. Plus, especially for Dee, there is a track from the new Steve Hooker CD.

An extended gig guide features tracks from Ryan McGarvey and the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band both of whom are about to hit the UK plus the Dove & Boweevil Band, Jo Harman and Midnight Train. Ahead of the Music on the Wey charity event on Saturday, there are tracks from Katie Bradley, Marcus Bonfanti, Paddy Milner, Ron Sayer Jr, the Brothers Groove and Dani Wilde.

Finally there is a track from Juno Award winner Steve Strongman and a couple of tracks from Bob Brozman who sadly left us last week

It could only be the twice British Blues Awards nominated Digital Blues on Gateway 97.8 with a playlist like that!

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 1st May 2013 between 21.00 & 23.00 UK time repeated on Sunday 5th May 2013 between 20.00 & 22.00  UK time.

A podcast of the show will be available from 22.00 Sunday on i-tunes  and on PodOmatic at

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