The Blues Estafette has these guiding principles:
First, the blues acts at the Estafette are "roots" blues and R'n'B performers who play in an original style. Or performers who take their cultural heritage seriously and do not "rock up" the music.
Second, the Estafette is an aural equivalent to a specialist magazine, presenting acts in a variety of styles within the blues idiom. We try to choose artists who don't play too much on European stages or have never played Europe before.
Some exceptions are made to this policy for economic reasons. Therefore each year we present two or three headliners to attract audience members who are not familiar with the more "obscure" artists.
|Blues Estafette 1996||Blues Estafette 1995|
|Blues Estafette 1994||Blues Estafette 1993|
|Blues Estafette 1992||Blues Estafette 1991|
|Blues Estafette 1990||Blues Estafette 1989|
|Blues Estafette 1988||Blues Estafette 1987|
|Blues Estafette 1986||Blues Estafette 1985|
|Blues Estafette 1984||Blues Estafette 1983|
|Blues Estafette 1982||Blues Estafette 1981|
|Blues Estafette 1980|
Since the posters/flyers/programs were printed several months before each festival, sometimes artists cancelled out and were replaced. These were exceptions however.
--In 1981 the James Cotton European tour was cancelled altogether. We then flew in Big Walter Horton (one month before he died) and Jimmy Rogers.
--In 1984 Clarrence Edwards (then a totally unknown artist) cancelled because he said his boss would not let him have time off. His replacement was even more unknown: Elmore Williams Jr. of Natchez, MS.
--In 1985 Guitar Shorty was not able to get his birth certificate, so no passport, and Lonesome Sundown, though he agreed to come on the phone for a certain fee thought the contract was not "official" enough, he wanted a US contract from Europe. They got replaced by Lowell Fulson and Ted Taylor.
All photos copyright Bert Lek