Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival presents Scottish Blues Online

Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival presents Scottish Blues Online

Nicole Smit

Annual event heads online to support musicians across Scotland

While the recent announcement of the cancellation of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival was disappointing for many that enjoy the event annually, it was another blow for musicians, for whom the COVID-19 pandemic has already been hugely detrimental. With livelihoods threatened across the board as events and festivals are cancelled and postponed, there has been a collective effort to get creative to ensure that musicians are supported during this difficult period and that audiences remain connected.

To keep the spirit of the EJBF alive, the team behind the popular Edinburgh event have announced an online Scottish blues extravaganza that will take place from Wednesday 22 April through to Sunday 26 April. From established stars like Maggie Bell and Tim Elliott to new names like Jon McKenzie and Liz Jones, the Scottish Blues Weekend Online will provide audiences with over 12 hours of blues, as the team reprise the live shows that took place over the Blues Weekend on 7–10 February at St Bride's Centre.

As well as offering a packed schedule of concerts that will be broadcast on the EJBF Facebook page, the screenings will also highlight ways to support musicians either by donations to the individual artists or by purchasing their music or merchandise.

The Blues Weekend was curated by Edinburgh singer Nicole Smit and guitarists Jed Potts and Sandy Tweeddale, with the aim of showcasing the best of the Scottish blues scene. Nicole, Jed and Sandy said: 'The Scottish Blues Weekend shines the spotlight on Scottish Blues and offers a platform for new projects. It's great to be able to showcase such a diverse range of blues, as well as a host of bands led by women. We hope that you'll enjoy the weekend online concerts, and we especially hope that you'll see someone you might not have seen before.'

Scottish Blues Online schedule

Wed 22 Apr
7.15pm–7.30pm: Intro by Sandy Tweeddale
7.30pm–8.30pm: Sandy Tweeddale / Jed Potts / Jon MacKenzie
8.30pm–9pm: Live Q+A w Sandy Tweedale /Jed Potts /Jon MacKenzie

Thu 23 Apr
6pm–7pm: In conversation with Maggie Bell
7.30pm–8.30pm: Full Fat

Fri 24 Apr
6pm–6.30pm: Delightful Squalor
8pm–9.30pm: Nicole Smit

Sat 25 Apr
2pm–2.45pm: Dana Dixon
3pm–3.45pm: Liz Jones Trio
4pm–5pm: Charlotte Marshall & the 45s
7.30pm–8.10pm: Sandy Tweeddale's Harp'n'Slide Show (Part 1)
8.30pm–10.10pm: Sandy Tweedale's Harp'n'Slide Show (Part 2)

Sun 26 Apr
2pm–2.45pm: Toby Mottershead
3pm–3.45pm: Thomas Lucas & Allan Jones
4pm–5pm: Mike Whellans
7.30pm–8.10pm: Jed Potts & the Hillman Hunters (Part 1)
8.30pm–10.10pm: Jed Potts & the Hillman Hunters (Part 2)

Watch the series of live concerts at facebook.com/EdinburghJazzandBluesFestival

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