Reviews

Arlington Arts Centre, Live Review 13th April 2019, Newbury Weekly Times

"This is a band of exceptional quality, from by the stellar vocals of Zoe Schwarz and you really shouldn't miss the opportunity to enjoy them."

Arlington Arts Centre, near Newbury

When a band has been nominated in two categories of the UK Blues Awards 2018 (female blues vocalist of the year and blues album of the year) and Paul Jos of BBC Radio 2 comments "terrific musicians, all four of them", you can expect something special.

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion do not...

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Blues Matters Magazine, Issue 107 Apr/May 2019, Live Review, Skegness

"A really excellent set with Zoe's superb voice sympathetically supported by three equally superb musicians"

Skegness Rock 'n Blues festival - JAKS stage

Two gigs, duo - afternoon, full band- evening.

Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral began deep in the Blues - Rob's walking bassline on guitar providing a cool platform for Zoe's fine voice.  They continued in that vein with classics from the likes of Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Etta...

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Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 208, April 2019, Live Review, 100 Club, London

A different level of class ... Zoe's vocal: powerful yet vulnerable ... Rob, Pete and Paul turned out a masterclass in Schofieldesque sophistication

100 club, London

Double headlining with The Sharpeez, plus support from the Stoned Crows.

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion displayed the different level of class experience brings. That's not to say they didn't do energetic themselves: in swinging organ-rich grooves like 'I Wonder Who My Next Man Will Be';...

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Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 201, Sept 2018, Live Review, Ealing Blues Festival

Ealing Blues Festival, Sunday 22nd July 2018

... On the Main Stage the classy Zoë Schwarz Blue Commotion brought boppy 60s flavours in 'Say It Isn't So' and the snare-driven 'I'll Do Anything'; Meters-y grooves in 'I Can't Live Like That' and 'Thank You'; and jagged punky edges in 'Down In The Caves' and the frenetic two-step of...

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Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 200, Aug 2018, Live Gig Review, Bullfrog Blues Club, Southsea

Bullfrog Blues Dockyard Club, Southsea

The popular South coast ensemble drew an impressive near-capacity crowd: despite Zoe having caught a cold (from her down-from-university son of all people!) and thus having the upper edge taken from her high-octane vocal, she still managed to deliver a powerful performance in the best showbiz...

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La Music Critic USA - The Blues And I Should Have A Party, Album Review, 6 March 2018

perfect blues with every song

With a mixture of traditional and progressive blues, Zoe Schwarz and her band show America what the British Blues sound like. This is the band’s fifth studio album, and it is clear that they have become a cohesive musical unit, delivering perfect blues with every song. Best songs include...

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Blues In Britain, Live Review, Half Moon Putney Double Header with Catfish, May 2018

The day after the Boat Race, Putney witnessed another head-to-head between two blue crews.

Half Moon Putney, Double Headline show with Catfish

Representing the darker shade were Catfish: the striding rocker ‘Leading Me On’ and the slow march of ‘Broken Man’ showed the deep influence of Joe Bonamassa, particularly in the latter’s ‘John Henry’esque riff and matt Long’s skittering fleet-fingered runs. A muscular cover of...

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AAJ USA, C Michael Bailey, Apr 2018 - Album review 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party'

One of the most significant places the blues has recently gone is into the souls and spirits of British vocalist Zoe Schwarz and guitarist Rob Koral

That most durable and indivisible of popular music genres: the blues. Traditionally of an eight-or twelve-bar architecture, if not something more primordial from the pre-Great Depression shellac of Mamie Smith, Tommy Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Charlie Patton. After years of...

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Blueszine.nl & Barn Owl Blues Netherlands, Jan 2018, Album review 'The Blues and I Should Have a Party

Blue Commotion, de band rond zangeres Zoë Schwarz bestaat sinds 2012 en in hun zesde jaar hebben zij onlangs hun vijfde cd, getiteld “The Blues And I Should Have A Party” uitgebracht. Het viertal is afkomstig uit het mooie graafschap Dorset in het zuidwesten van Engeland. Naast de al...

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Blues Matters, Interview and 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album Review, Issue 101, April/May 2018

"... an intoxicating mix of sass, class and panache." The Bishop

Interview Intro:  The real party is just beginning:  Verbals: The Bishop Visuals: Graham Whittington

Several names immediately spring to mind when drawing up a shortlist of contemporary world-clcass chanteuses with blues credentials: Beth Hart, Mavis Staples, Ruby Turner and...

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