Wilko Johnson Honored For Lifetime Contribution at European Blues Awards

Wilko Johnson was honored over the weekend for his Lifetime Contribution to the blues genre at the 2013 European Blues Awards.

The award comes almost a year after Johnson announced that he had terminal pancreatic cancer and only had months to live.  The singer refused traditional treatment methods, preferring to live the time he had left playing music. Since then, he has done a farewell tour and will play again on November 21 at the London Jazz Festival.  He is also planning on recording a final album with the help of Roger Daltrey.

In the voted section of the awards, Gary McAvoy and Ted McKenna's (Rory Gallagher) group Band of Friends won Best Band while former Family member Rob Townsend won Best Musician.

The full list of award winners:
  • BEST GUITARIST - Virgil McMahon
  • BEST BAND - Gerry McAvoy’s Band of Friends
  • BEST EVENT/FESTIVAL - Great British R&B Festival (Colne)
  • BEST SOLO/ACOUSTIC – Matt Andersen
  • BEST PUBLICATION - Blues Magazine (Netherlands)
  • BEST MUSICIAN (PERFORMANCE) - Rob Townsend (Blues Band/Manfred Mann)
  • BEST RADIO SHOW - Paul Jones (BBC Radio 2)
  • LIFETIME CONTRIBUTION TO EUROPEAN BLUES (Awarded by the team) – Wilko Johnson
  • BEST VOCALIST - Ian Siegal

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