Latest news / September 2020.
Gregory Jolivet is leaving Blowzabella. It was a hard decision for him to leave a band he loves so much but the increasing problems – several years of Government cuts to the arts, Brexit and COVID-19 have made things too difficult. We’ve made a short video tribute to Greg. He will be sorely missed for his musicality, creativity, positive attitude and good humour, but we will be friends forever! He is unique and irreplaceable.
Blowzabella continues as a 6 piece band. We have a lot of new compositions and ideas, probably enough to fill two albums, and we will be rehearsing, recording and doing gigs and workshops as soon as the COVID-19 pandemic situation allows us to do so safely.
Welcome to the website of the band BLOWZABELLA where you can listen free to our music, buy albums, downloads and tune books direct from the band, get the latest news about gigs and explore our history.
The band has a lot of new material and are planning to start recording, filming and playing live and online as soon as it is possible to do so safely in terms of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Blowzabella is Andy Cutting – diatonic button accordion; Jo Freya – vocals, saxophone, clarinet; Paul James – vocals, bagpipes, saxophones; David Shepherd – violin; Barn Stradling – bass guitar; Jon Swayne – bagpipes, saxophone.
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 and beyond who experiment with folk music often cite Blowzabella as a major influence. Much loved and respected, there is no one else quite like them.