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INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE

In 2002 the Sydney Blues Society affiliated with the International Blues Foundation based in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

The Blues Foundation is widely acknowledged as the foremost non-profit Blues organisation in the world, with more than 4.000 members and nearly 200 affiliated Blues Societies across the globe.  They annually hold Blues Music Awards and the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, U.S.A.

In 2003 SBS organised the first Sydney Blues Challenge. The winner of this challenge is able to compete, in the following year, at the International Blues Challenge. There are over two hundred acts that take part. 

Originally SBS only sent one act to Memphis, from 2009 SBS began sending a representative in both the Solo/Duo category and the Band category.


2021 The International Blues Challenge has been cancelled due to Covid 19.


2019 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band Stormcellar

Solo/Duo Ray Beadle


2018 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band The Milena Barrett Band

Solo/Duo Chris O'Connor


2017 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band  No band challenge was held

Solo/Duo Buddy and Goori Knox


2016 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band P J O'Brien

Solo/Duo CJ Raggart Duo  (Chris J Raggart and Kelvin Carlsson) 


2015 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band Matt Roberts Trio

Solo/Duo Chris Okunbor


2014 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band The Lachy Doley Group

Solo/Duo Darren Jack


2013 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band Milena Barrett & Mal Eastick Project

Solo/Duo              Chris O'Connor


2012 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band  Darren Jack Hammond organ Trio

Solo/Duo Dogg' It Blues


2011 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band Buddy Knox Band

Solo/Duo Dr Don's Double Dose

Don Hopkins and Rob Grosser came 2nd at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2012


2010 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band Michelle Van der Meer's Midnight Ramblers

Solo/Duo Isaiah B Brunt


2009 Sydney Blues Challenge Winners

Band Ali Penny and the Money Makers

Solo/Duo Steve Innis and Bill Gunther


2008 There was no Sydney Blues Challenge held.

2007 Sydney Blues Challenge Winner

 The Ray Beadle Band

2006 Sydney Blues Challenge Winner

 The Stayers

2005 Sydney Blues Challenge Winner

 The P J O'Brien Band

2004 Sydney Blues Challenge Winner

  Finn

2003 First Sydney Blues Challenge Winner

Jan Preston


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