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‘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

    Band Biography

    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

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    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

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