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Rev up your engines and get ready for the fifth Blues awards! We're pulling out all the stops to make this year's event bigger and better than ever before. And the icing on the cake? We've teamed up with the wonderful Cronulla Jazz and Blues Festival to bring you an unforgettable awards night that will lift the blues awards to the next level!


The Sydney Blues Society has been running Member’s Choice Awards (MCA) for four years now.  They are well received and growing in popularity.

The MCA’s have been determined in a two step process:

  1. Members are polled for nominations, which are used to create a short list in each category

  2. The nominations are put to the membership for voting.

The last two years we have announced the awards over a period of two weeks in the month of August. 

The award period covered July-June.

To date there has been no ceremony to announce the awards or honour the winners.

The 2023 Awards

With the fifth awards due in 2023 we are making a number of changes to enhance and grow them. A key change is the collaboration with the Cronulla Jazz and Blues Festival to stage an Awards night where the headline awards are announced and the winners honoured.

Summary of the Awards:

  • They will be called “The Blues Awards”, presented by the SBS and CJBF

  • They will focus will be Sydney & NSW

  • The key awards will be announced at a live event on 1st June at the Brass Monkey in Cronulla on the eve of the CJBF

  • The Award shortlist will be formed based on voting within the SBS Facebook community of > 4,200 

  • The winners will be voted on by SBS members, based on the shortlist

  • A hall of Fame to honour luminaries of the community

  • A Musicians Musicians award, voted for by their peers.

  • The most popular Musician, voted for by the whole community 



Member's Choice Award Winners 2020

Each year SBS members vote on their favourite choice in the following categories. 


Local Blues Band Stormcellar
Foreday Riders
Milenna Barrett Band
Shane Pacey Trio
 Male Vocal Pat Powell
 Female Vocal  Milenna Barrett
 Blues Guitarist Ray Beadle
 Harmonica Player Robert Susz
 Bass Player Al Britton
 Keyboard Player Clayton Doley
 Drummer  Rosscoe Clark
 Other Instrument David Weir (Saxophone) 
 Song Writer Shane Pacey
 Most Popular Blues Venue Lazybones Lounge
 Best Monthly House Band Shane Pacey Trio (Dec 2019)
 Best Streaming Performance Big Mama and the Hanged Men
 Best Interstate Performer / Band  Geoff Achison
 Young Band / Performer The New South Trio
 Favourite Jammer Billy Barnett
 Amateur Photographer  Gary Dark
 Best NSW Blues Festival  Thredbo Blues

Member's Choice Award Winners 2019


Local Blues BandStormcellar
Foreday Riders
 Male Vocal Shane Pacey
 Female Vocal Milena Barrett
 Guitarist  Ray Beadle
 Harmonica Player  Robert Susz
 Bass Player  Al Britton
 Keyboard Player  Clayton Doley
 Drummer  Rosscoe Clark
 Song Writer  Shane Pacey
 Most Popular Blues VenueThe Merton hotel
 Best Monthly House Band  PJ O'Brien Band

Sydney Blues Society Inc.
ABN: 94 132 343 544

Sydney Blues Society
PO Box 197
Newtown, NSW 2042

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