The New Brunswick Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival

Peter Morrell sees the final of the 2013 ‘Battle of the Blues’ competition

Over the last few months New Brunswick Tourism has been running a nationwide ‘Battle of the Blues’ competition in the UK to choose a blues band that will perform at the World famous Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival held in the Canadian Province’s capital Fredericton between 10 – 15 September.


New Brunswick is one of the provinces of Atlantic Canada and has a huge amount to offer visitors. The even better news is that it is remarkably close to the UK. Less than a six hour flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia and then about a 2 hour drive will get you not just to the festival but a land of whale watching, gastronomy and the unique Acadian culture.

The final was held in London at the Scala music venue in Pentonville Road on 26 March. The six finalists were all top flight bands from across the country and the winner was David Migden and the Dirty Words, an exciting electric five piece, performing unique original material of rock, blues and twisted American roots. They will be playing at the festival with the added bonus of £1000 as their prize.

The Harvest Jazz and Blues festival features a host of top class acts in a number of venues from the intimate to the large. Joining David Migden and the Dirty Words is chart-topping British band World Party and a host of other top line acts

New Brunswick has got a lot to offer in addition to the festival. High on the list of attractions is the spectacular Bay of Fundy. Every day an incredible 150 billion tonnes of seawater rush in to the bay giving it the highest tidal range in the world. With the water comes an abundance of fish that provides the diet for several species of whale that live in the bay between May and December.

Back on land there are many other mammals to see from black bears to beavers. And with all that water the seafood is fresh and plentiful and to wash it down the local vineyards make some excellent wines

So if you are a blues fan, enjoy good food and drink and want to discover a travel destination that is refreshingly different then go to New Brunswick.

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