‘A dynamic and distinctive, multi award winning British blues band’
Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion
Zoë and the band have come right to the fore of the British Blues Scene as a result of an intensely busy, exciting and creative three years. Their latest CD, a live album 'I'll Be Yours Tonight’ (Jun 2105) is their fourth release in three years. It follows hard on the heels of the acclaimed studio albums 'Exposed' and 'The Blues Don't Scare Me', both of which generated a series of awards and nominations including Runner-Up for ‘Best Band’ in the 2015 British Blues Awards, plus Runner-Up for Zoë in the 2014 & 2015 British Blues Awards.
"Their exemplary song writing skills coupled with outstanding performance, puts them at the very edge of triumph on the world blues scene."
Ian McKenzie, Blues In The South, UK 2015
"Zoë, once again proving that there is not a better female blues singer in the UK and probably far beyond."
Dave Scott, Blues In Britain, June 2015
Their exciting live set is based around the band's rootsy originals; featuring strong catchy riffs, interesting arrangements and exciting grooves, providing the perfect vehicle for Zoë's yearning, passionate and commanding vocal style, and Rob's unmistakable touch and flow on guitar. The highly accomplished rhythm section of Pete Whittaker-Hammond organ, and Paul Robinson-drums (Nina Simone, Van Morrison, Paul McCartney to name a few) bring massive musical authority with the ability to push the music in unpredictable and exciting directions.
Zoë has made a considerable impact in a very short space of time and is one of those new artists that have added a fresh approach and vibrancy to the thriving UK blues scene.
"A whip-crack band.. expressive voice... impressive material"
Pete Feenstra, Classic Rock's ‘The Blues Magazine’, UK, 2014
"Incendiary vocal, guitar and organ work"
Ed Mitchell, The Blues Magazine, 2015
"Exceptional original songs"
Blues in Britain, 2013
The first Blue Commotion gig in February 2012 was a culmination of a ten-year musical partnership between Zoë Schwarz and guitarist Rob Koral. Through their intense musical journey and compatible desire, they developed a perfect collaboration and empathy, which, when analysed, comes from two completely different starting points. Because of this melting pot of musical diversity, there is a depth and uniqueness to the band's music, which is hard to pigeonhole and categorise.
Into the mix comes the sheer virtuosity of each of the band members who are allowed the freedom to express their musical authority, and stamp their own personal magic to the song writing of Zoë and Rob. A testament to this chemistry is the sheer volume of music coming out of the band, and 'I'll Be Yours Tonight' is Blue Commotion's fourth album in three years.
Zoë 's unique, yearning vocal style is blended with Rob's ability to come up with catchy vibrant riffs and musical arrangements, which stretch the term 'blues' and keep it moving forward so as to be relevant for our current times. There is no ridged musical template for Blue Commotion, the only stipulation is that it feels good, tastes good and sounds good. The band pride themselves on filling their 'live' and album sets with original music.
During this three-year period the band has covered an enormous amount of ground and received over-whelming critical acclaim, with a growing and steady stream of festivals and club dates through out 2015 and beyond. (See bluecommotion.com for individual biographies)
“A fresh and original album... One of the most interesting albums of the Year.”
Gianandrea Pasquinelli, Blues Time Magazine, Italy, July 2015
“Vibrant, original, adventurous and in Zoë Schwarz you have a passionate singer who gets inside the lyrics”
Pete Feenstra, Get Ready To Rock, UK, Aug 2015
"It is tempting to compare Zoe's sound to other famous lead singers, but on further reflection her unique tone, diction, and inflection truly make her voice unique (in a good way)".
Rex Bartholomew Blues Blast Magazine, USA 2015
"'I’ll Be Yours Tonight’ is a most impressive look at a working band doing what they do best. Expect to hear much more from Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion in the future".
Graham Clark, Blues Bytes USA 2015
Past Dates Include:
Ronnie Scott's, London
The 606 London,
The Guildhall, Lichfield,
Pizza Express Dean Street, Soho
Newark Blues Festival
Broadstairs Blues Bash
Bowness Bay Festival
Talking Heads Southampton
Rye Jazz and Blues festival
Upton Blues Festival
The Exchange Theatre, Sturminster Newton
Uckfield Blues Festival
Hebden Blues Festival
The Concorde Club, Eastleigh
100 Club, Oxford st., London
The Tunnels, Bristol
Tenby Blues festival
Blues On The Farm, Chichester
Scarborough Blues Festival
The Lighthouse, Poole
The Great British Rock and Blues Festival, Skegness
Keighley Blues Club,
Teignmouth music festival
North Devon Arts festival, Barnstaple
Swanage Blues festival,
The Regent Centre Theatre, Christchurch,
The Eel Pie blues club, Twickenham
The Maltings, Farnham, Surrey
Stompin On the Quomps festival, Christchurch
Bridport Arts centre,
Isle of Wight blues festival
Tivoli Theatre, Wimborne
Spice of Life, London
Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorset
The Borough Blues Club, Pontypool
The Beaverwood, Chislehurst
Pizza Express Dean Street, London
Marlborough Jazz and Blues Festival
Big Wheel Blues Festival, Isle Of Mann