Blowzabella is a band that produces an inimitable, driving drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They have played everywhere from the main stage at Glastonbury Festival to the outer reaches of Brazil and West Africa.
The excellent musicians of Blowzabella compose their own music which is influenced by British and European traditional dance music. Many bands across Europe who experiment with the boundaries of folk music cite Blowzabella as a major influence.
The latest album Strange News (2013) features four newly interpreted english folk songs. Partly a return of the band to its roots in traditional dance music, their new songs also imply a modern approach to those.
of the album Dance ...
“If ever a band were overdue a lifetime achievement award it is Blowzabella. Not only have they written a stack of what have become standard tunes in sessions on both sides of the channel, but they have also been largely responsible for reviving English Bagpipes and hurdy-gurdy, instruments that played a foundational role in traditional music.” (Andrew Letcher **** review. SONGLINES/UK)
“Blowzabella deliver that rare beast – a live album that somehow manages to capture the rampaging spirit of musical freedom that first marked them apart from all other bands and has never been replicated since.” (Colin Irwin. fROOTS/UK).
Andy Cutting: diatonic accordion
Jo Freya: clarinet, saxophones
Paul James: bagpipes, saxophones
Gregory Jolivet: hurdy-gurdy
Dave Shepherd: violin
Barn Stradling: bass guitar
Jon Swayne: bagpipes, saxophones
Austria, Germany, Switzerland and on request selected territories