Battle of the blues

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Fylde’s three piece After Hours Blues Band have entered the first, pre-heat, stage of the New Brunswick Battle of the Blues competition and hope to be chosen to battle it out against other blues artists at the North West heat in January.

New Brunswick Battle of the Blues invites unsigned bands or singer/songwriters producing some original work to enter the first stage of the competition via YouTube from now until November 30.


Successful musicians will be selected to perform at one of five regional heats across the country.

Winners of the regional heats, together with one further act, the ‘Judges’ Choice’, will then perform at the London final.

The New Brunswick Battle of the Blues, led by the Canadian province of New Brunswick, will fly the outright winning band or artist out to the world-renowned Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival in Fredericton in September 2013.

Details are available at www.tourismnewbrunswick.co.uk.

So if you think you or someone you know can rise to the challenge, visit the website to find out more.

After Hours Blues Band has been around since 1999 when original member Lee Wharton joined with two other like-minded musicians to form a blues rock outfit and quickly established a strong following in the area that appreciate electric blues, blues/rock materiel.

The current line up consists of Lee Wharton guitar and lead vocal, Doug Long, bass and backing vocals, and Ann Batty on drums.

The band play a collection of their own original songs, which cover several different ‘styles’ of blues music, from swing to delta, from rock to country style blues.