Sydney Blues Challenge


The 2021 International Blues Challenge has been cancelled due to COVID-19. Therefore the 2020 Sydney Blues Challenge has been put on hold.


Stormcellar (Band) and Ray Beadle (solo)
represented the Sydney Blues Society at the
International Blues Challenge
held in Memphis, Tennessee, USA, in January 2020.

The Solo/Duo Challenge concluded on Sunday, 21st July 2019.

And the Winner was:

Ray Beadle

The Competitors were:

Blue Rock (Duo)
Greg Nunan (Solo)
Ray Beadle (Solo)


The Band Challenge concluded on Sunday, 14th July 2019.

And the Winners were:

Stormcellar

The Competitors were:
Drey Rollan Band
Eyre ‘n’ The Blues
Stormcellar
The New South Trio



The 2018 SBC Winners were:

Milena Barrett Band

Chris O’Connor (Solo)


The 2017 SBC Winners were:

No band challenge was held

Buddy and Goori Knox (Duo)


The 2016 SBC Winners were:

PJ O’Brien Band

Chris J Raggatt and Kelvin Carlsson
(as CJ Raggatt Duo)


The 2015 SBC Winners were:

Matt Roberts Trio

Chris Okunbor (Solo)


The 2014 SBC Winners were:

The Lachy Doley Group

Darren Jack (Solo)


The 2013 SBC Winners were:

Milena Barrett & Mal Eastick Project

Chris O’Connor (Solo)


The 2012 SBC Winners were:

Darren Jack Hammond Organ Trio

Doggn’ It Blues (Duo)


The 2011 SBC Winners were:

Buddy Knox Blues Band

Dr Don’s Double Dose (Duo)
Don Hopkins & Rob Grosser came 2nd overall in the 2012 IBC in Memphis Tennessee


The 2010 SBC Winners were:

Michelle Van der Meer’s Midnight Ramblers

Isaiah B Brunt (Solo)


The 2009 SBC Winners were:

Ali Penney & The Money Makers

First Solo / Duo Challenge
Steve Innes & Bill Gunther


No Sydney Blues Challenge in 2008


The 2007 SBC Winner was:

Ray Beadle Band


The 2006 SBC Winner was:

The Stayers (Trio)


The 2005 SBC Winner was:

PJ O’Brien Band


The 2004 SBC Winner was:

Finn (Band)


First Sydney Blues Challenge held in 2003,
and the Winner was:

Jan Preston (Solo)