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Dear  <<First Name>>

We are very pleased to announce that Paul Long and Oliver Carpenter have both accepted invitations to join the Board of the UKBlues Federation.

Both Paul and Oliver bring considerable experience to the Board with both being working musicians as well as having a deep and lengthy involvement in the management and organisation of successful large scale events, talents and experience which will be invaluable to the UKBF.

Paul was recently elected Chair of the Independent Blues Broadcasters Association where he replaced the late Dave Raven, also a UKBF Board member until his untimely death. Paul is looking to build upon the natural synergy between the IBBA & the UKBF to see the two organisations working together to support and promote blues in the UK.

Oliver is well known and respected for his work with blues festivals over the years including, latterly, the very successful Upton Blues Festival.

We are also very pleased to announce that later in the year, Nick Westgarth will be joining the UKBF Board, bringing with him his skills and experience as the organiser, manager, promoter and almost everything else of the Carlisle Rock & Blues Festival.

We believe that these three additions to the Board will help the UKBF grow and will give us a much stronger management team, especially in the areas of the UKBlues Challenge and the UKBlues Awards, as well as giving more capacity and relieving the existing Board members of a currently massive workload.

We very much welcome Paul, Oliver and Nick ‘on board’ and look forward to working with them as part of the team.

You can read more about Paul & Oliver as well as the other members of the Board at

You can find out more about the UKBlues Federation at where you will also find details of how you can join these organisations and what it costs. 

Ashwyn Smyth
Founder & Chair
UKBlues Federation



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