In this week’s edition of Digital Blues, I look ahead to this year’s European Blues Challenge which takes place in Braga, Portugal on the 4th, 5th and 6th of April 2024. There are not less than 14 tracks from a wildly eclectic selection of bands and artists from all over Europe. See all bands here:

Join Ashwyn Smyth for tracks from Errol Linton Band, Ben Prevo, Silesian Hammond Group feat Bruce Katz, Gringo’s Washboard Band, The Manic Blues, Charlie & Bell Blues Experience, Little Willie Mehto, Odin Landbakk Trio, Groove City & Daria Biancardi, Moritz Gamper, Tassos Skouras, Kid Carlos Band, Little Mouse & The Hungry Cats and Marcian Petrescu BluesHarp Band.

Digital Blues on Gateway97.8 – today, Wednesday 13th March 2024 between 21.00 & 22.00 GMT, repeated at 22.00 GMT Sunday 17th March 2024.

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