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Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion

“Innovative spark, virtuoso playing and a dare-devil attitude”
- Pete Feenstra - Get Ready To Rock, Feb 2017

“Incendiary vocal, guitar and organ work"
Ed Mitchell, The Blues Magazine, Issue 22 June 2015

“A great band. Terrific musicians, all four of them”
- Paul Jones Rhythm & Blues, BBC Radio 2

"Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion is a British band with a powerhouse vocalist, electrifying guitarist, amazing Hammond organist”
- Rhetta Akammatsu, Making A Scene USA, 2017

Music

Quotes

  • “A serious blues band with unique songs, tight instrumentation, and a powerful woman up front…. edgy vocals, hard rocking accompaniment including scorching guitar solos.”

    Rex Bartholomew
  • “A first-class outfit with a fresh approach – with another vibrant, thoughtful and captivating album”

    Ross Muir
  • “Zoe and the band were fantastic, in my view one of the very best performances we've ever heard at our club”.

    David Leek, 8th Feb 2014
  • A sensational live performance of the band's studio recordings... with energy and spontaneity... emotional intensity... sublime, melodic virtuosity."

    David Scott, Classic Rock's The Blues Magazine, Aug 2015
  • 'This Is The Life I Choose' is a wonderful combination of modern blues sounds with infusions of jazz, funk, rock and soul.

    Rex Bartholonew
  • It is impossible and probably unnecessary to try and categorise BLUE COMMOTION due to their uniqueness

    The Bishop, Blues Matters 2012
  • “The uniquely Zoe Schwarz mix of sassy charm and old-school Billie Holiday class.”

    Ross Muir
  • “Innovative spark, virtuoso playing and a dare-devil attitude”

    Pete Feenstra
  • "Zoe once again proving that there is not a better female blues singer in the UK and probably far beyond."

    Dave Scott, Blues In Britain Magazine, Jun 2015
  • Schwarz takes all that is good from Janis Joplin and Billie Holiday and makes it uniquely her own

    C.Michael Bailey (AllAboutJazz - Apr 2012).

Shows

  • Finns Weymouth

    Friday, 02 February 2018
  • Broadstairs Blues Bash, Kent, The Chapel (Duo)

    Friday, 16 February 2018
  • The Cellar Bar, Boscombe (beneath Chaplins)

    Saturday, 24 February 2018
  • The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre, Havant, Hants

    Thursday, 01 March 2018
  • Swanage Blues Festival (The Grand Hotel)

    Friday, 02 March 2018

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Tweets

    Blog

    • The recording process for our song 'People' captured on film.

      Rob here... a few people have asked me about our recording method with the question of how do we get so much done so quickly.  Well, the answer is easy to show you, and for those of you...

    • 5th studio album recorded at Superfly Studios

      That was a great week at Superfly Studios recording our 5th studio album....

    • Nominated for the 4th UK Blues Challenge at the Cavern Liverpool

      Tickets are now on sale for the 4th UK Blues challenge, it's going to be one fun musical night at the iconic Cavern Club Liverpool with 4 great bands. On behalf of myself and the boys I'd like...

    • "I'm not bragging, I'm just buzzing"

      Rob here.... I'm proud to say I've played guitar full time since 10th Feb 1984, I'm especially proud of the fact that I've only played music that interests and inspires me personally.  More...