photo courtesy of Rockrpix
Red Butler will be representing the UK at the 6th European Blues Challenge (EBC) on the 8th & 9th April 2016 where 21 bands from across Europe will be competing to win this prestigious competition organised by the European Blues Union (EBU)
Through this crowd funding campaign, the UK Blues Federation (UKBlues) is looking to assist with Red Butler's expenses in getting to and from and appearing at the event.
Up to GTBP750.00 all funds raised will be passed to Red Butler by UKBlues. Any amounts raised in excess of this figure will go to UKBlues to further its work in supporting and promoting blues in the UK.
UKBlues is delighted to have been appointed by the EBU to run the domestic Blues Challenge to choose the UK's representative and is looking to further support the Blues in the UK by setting up this crowd funding campaign to raise funds to make a contribution towards Red Butler's costs in connection with representing the UK at the 2016 EBC and, it is hoped, to provide UKBlues with some working capital to help with costs already incurred and with future plans which, we hope, will include seeing a UK participant in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
photo courtesy of Rockrpix
Red Butler after their success at the 2nd UK Blues Challenge at the Boom Boom Club on 24th October 2015 which was jointly organised by Pete Feenstra Real Music Live and the UK Blues Federation.
Previous UK representatives at the EBC have been Ben Poole, 24 Pesos, Babajack, David Migden & the Twisted Roots and Laurence Jones.
About Red Butler
With a burning desire to entertain and pursue a serious music career, at the age of 18 Alex Butler decided to form a band. April 2012 saw the blues/rock band, Red Butler, emerge with Alex on guitar, Charlie Simpson on drums, Jane Pearce on vocals and Steve Eveleigh on bass. In July 2014, Steve was replaced by Mike Topp.
Drawing on influences as varied as SRV, Etta James, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Moore, Free, King King, Santana and Derek Trucks, the band has developed their own style of writing and is producing thoughtful, light hearted and melodic compositions. The band has received a great deal of blues media coverage and was voted Best Newcomer in the 2014 Blues Matters! Writers' Poll. This accolade was followed by the band being voted runner-up in the Emerging Atist category of the 2015 British Blues Awards with Alex Butler being the runner up in the Young Artist category of the same Awards.
In October 2015, Red Butler won the 2nd UK Blues Challenge which resulted in them being selected to represent the UK at the 6th European Blues Challenge in Italy in April 2016.
The band has had a busy 2015 with invitations to play throughout the UK at many festivals, top blues clubs and venues as well as a number of high profile support slots.
In September/October, the band supported 2015' UK representative at the EBC, Laurence Jones, and January 2016 will see them touring with and supporting Danny Bryant
Alex Butler of Red Butler
''There is huge exhilaration amongst the band at winning the UK Blues Challenge. We put our hearts and souls into the gig against stiff opposition.
The immediate reaction from the crowd told us this was something special from the word go. We are thrilled to have a major European event in our calendar for next year.''
Ashwyn Smyth - Chair of UKBlues
''It took a great team effort by the Board of UKBlues and Pete Feenstra to run the selection process and the UK Blues Challenge and I am delighted that Red Butler are going to be representing the UK and I am sure that they are going to do us proud in Italy in April 2016.
We are very pleased with the great reception and glowing comments about what was UKBlues' first venture and feel that it has been a great way to introduce the newly formed UK Blues Federation to the blues community in the UK.
As I am sure everyone will appreciate, there are considerable costs involved in Red Butler travelling to Italy to represent the UK at this competition and UKBlues wants to, at the very least, try to contribute something towards these costs.
Your contribution will help us to help Red Butler with the cost of their trip and any excess funds raised will be put towards the set-up and running costs for the UK Blues Federation which are, currently, being covered entirely by the members of the board of UKBlues. It is also hoped that this campaign will provide us with initial funds to help finance plans going forward.''
UKBlues is proud to be an Affiliate of the Blues Foundation and an Active Member of the European Blues Union.