Reviews

Blues Matters Magazine Issue 111 Dec2019/Jan2020 LIVE Review

"powerful singing and great guitar work... phenomenal Hammond... this was a great set"

Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival, Aug 2019

Saturday session: After a fitful sleep what antidote do you need, yes, another day of bluesing at Carlisle!  Starting things off was Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion.  Certainly, Zoe’s vocals were enough to make the assembled audience sit up and take notice.  Full of...

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Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival LIVE Review 28.9.19 Blues In Britain Magazine

“Unique vocals, accomplished guitar, a classic performance, and a fresh approach to “the blues”...”

Carlisle Blues & Rock Festival

The Last Carlisle Blues & Rock festival: if it is the last, then what a way to go, with a sell-out and line up to die for!

.......    Saturday afternoon was the sultry Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion: unique vocals from Zoe (shades of Billie Holiday dripping in), Rob Koral on...

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Old Bush Blues, Worcestershire, LIVE review 17.8.19 Blues In Britain

powerful vocals delivering rocking blues as easily as gut-wrenching soul

Old Bush Blues Festival

.....  Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion (pictured) took over, her powerful vocals delivering rocking blues as easily as gut-wrenching soul. 'Shout', let it out! 'The Blues And I Should Have a Party', and indeed that's exactly what we all intended to do......

 

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Sherling studio, Lighthouse Poole, LIVE review, 1st June 2019, Bournemouth Daily Echo

“Phenomenal singer, compelling arrangements, complex guitar work and stunning musicianship from the band . Blue Commotion offers a striking contemporary slant to the blues.”

Sherling studio theatre, Lighthouse, Poole's centre for the Arts, Dorset

'A Night of Blues n Boogie' - "WOW! From the opening number - a sensational version of Junco Partner - it was clear that this was going to be a very special concert."

Blues and boogie piano maestro Paddy Milner put his heart, soul and flying fingers into the Dr John favourite and it...

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

"This is a band of exceptional quality, fronted 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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