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British Blues Awards 2012 â All The Winners

Chantel McGregor
Chantel McGregor British Blues Awards 2012 big winner Ian Siegal (Photo - Ian Shipley) Matt Schofield - Pic: Simon Redley Steve Cutmore of Hokie Joint - Drummer Of Year award Andy Graham of Ian Siegal's Band - Bassist Of Year Award Becky Tate of Babajack Paddy Milner Alan Nimmo of King King who won album of year and band of year awards Paul Jones Oli Brown. Pic: Simon Redley Joe Bonamassa Marcus Bonfanti Gary Grainger Blues Broadcaster of the Year BBA Broadcaster Award Trophy - 2102 Winner Gary Grainger Album Of Year Blues Festival of Year

The champagne corks are popping after this yearâs annual British Blues Awards presentation ceremony at Newark Castle, Nottinghamshire on Sunday 9th September, the 4th year of the event.

In the June issue of Blues and Soul magazine in my regular column, "Simon Redleyâs Bluesville," I predicted who would win the gongs this year, four months before the winners were announced.

I was spot on in no less than 11 of the 15 awards, in the following categories:

Male Vocal, Band, Acoustic Artist, Guitarist, Harmonica, Keyboards, Bass, Instrumentalist, Young Artist, Overseas Artist and Independent Blues Broadcaster. (Maybe I should win an award for that, eh?)

âAnd the winners areâ¦â

Male Vocalist: Ian Siegal
Female Vocalist: Chantel McGregor
Guitarist: Matt Schofield
Band: King King
Acoustic Artist: Ian Siegal
Harmonica: Paul Jones
Keyboards: Paddy Milner
Bass: Andy Graham
Drummer: Steve Cutmore
Instrumentalist: Becky Tate
Young Artist: Oli Brown
Blues Festival: Hebden Bridge
Overseas Artist: Joe Bonamassa
Album: Take My Hand â King King
The Kevin Thorpe Memorial Award For Best Song: The Bittersweet by Marcus Bonfanti
Independent Broadcaster: Gary Grainger
Lifetime Achievement: Author & Blues Historian Paul Oliver

Tony âTSâ McPhee of The Groundhogs, Del Bromham of Stray and Andy Fraser, bassist with legendary band Free, were all in attendance and awarded the new British Blues Greats award. Andy Fraser joined his protégé, 16 year old guitarist Tobi and ex Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor on stage shortly after the awards presentations took place, to treat the audience to a surprise live set. It was scheduled for 12.30pm before the awards presentations, but a mix up saw the guys arrive on site late afternoon, so their set had to be shifted to around 6pm.

One of the hottest days of the year after a miserable summer, the organisers and blues fans from around the UK soaked up the sunshine in the grounds of the castle, where Newark Blues Festival was held the day before, then the main stage devoted to the BBA presentations.

Congratulations to all the winners, the runners-up and nominees.

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