BLOWZABELLA is a genuinely unique band that makes an inimitable, driving, drone-based wall-of-sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. They compose their own music which is influenced by English and European traditional folk music and song.
Many of their tunes are “standards” in the modern British/European folk repertoire and are played by people all over the world. Bands across Europe who experiment with folk music often cite Blowzabella as a major influence. Much loved and respected, there is no one else quite like them.
BLOWZABELLA about their news album:
"The band keep up their reputation for writing memorable tunes you can whistle, put their own stamp on some songs from the English folk tradition and meld that into their patented Blowzabella-wall-of-sound – using drones and a creative mix of instruments ancient and modern. All lovingly crafted by producer / sound engineer Joe Garcia into an album they’re really proud of."
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“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