"A really excellent set with Zoe's superb voice sympathetically supported by three equally superb musicians"
Skegness Rock 'n Blues festival - JAKS stage
Read more of Blues Matters Magazine, Issue 107 Apr/May 2019, Live Review, Skegness
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
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...
Read more of Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 208, April 2019, Live Review, 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';...
Read more of Sofar Sounds, Live in Bournemouth, March 2019
Ealing Blues Festival, Sunday 22nd July 2018
“You can’t beat an evening of new music.... thank you Zoe and Rob, you guys totally blew us away!”
Read more of Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 201, Sept 2018, Live Review, Ealing Blues Festival
... 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...
Read more of 100% Rock Magazine, Australia, Album Review, August 2018, 8/10
Bullfrog Blues Dockyard Club, Southsea
With Grace Slick attitude, garage psych cool and smokey blues chops, Zoe Schwarz and her Blues Commotion serve up a tasty smorgasbord on this, her fifth studio album.
It’s a record that bounces back and forth from pure blues to organ-drenched psych rock and it’s a trip, man....
Read more of Blues In Britain Magazine, Issue 200, Aug 2018, Live Gig Review, Bullfrog Blues Club, Southsea
Quotes from 'The Blues And I Should Have Party' reviews 2018
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...
Read more of Quotes from the Netherlands & Belgium 2018 (with Google translations)
‘Join this blues party, we all should’
“Prima muziek van prima muzikanten.” (Real Roots Cafe, aug 2018)
Google Translation = “fine music from fine musicians”
“Ze weet hoe ze een tekst moet verkopen en doet je aldus elk woord geloven. Heel speciaal is het spel van Rob Koral, die hier in vrijwel ieder...
Read more of Track Magazine, NL album review 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Aug 2018
Blues At Barleylands, Billericay, Essex
“Inmiddels is dit al het 7e album in zes jaar van deze hardwerkende Britse band.
Zoë Schwarz is genomineerd als Female Blues Vocalist Of The Year voor de 2018 UK Blues Awards en dit album is genomineerd voor Best Blues Album. Voorwaar geen kattenpis dus!
De band bestaat dan ook...
Read more of Gig Review, Blues At Barleylands, Essex 23rd June 2018, 4/5 stars
perfect blues with every song
A really enjoyable Saturday afternoon at Blues At Barleylands watching Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion live.
I’ve been trying for a while to see Zoe Schwarz but also been meaning to pay a visit to the Blues At Barleylands and the opportunity to do both at once was worth the drive down to...
Read more of La Music Critic USA - The Blues And I Should Have A Party, Album Review, 6 March 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
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...
Read more of Blues In Britain, Live Review, Half Moon Putney Double Header with Catfish, May 2018
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
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...
Read more of AAJ USA, C Michael Bailey, Apr 2018 - Album review 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party'
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...
Read more of Blueszine.nl & Barn Owl Blues Netherlands, Jan 2018, Album review 'The Blues and I Should Have a Party
"... an intoxicating mix of sass, class and panache." The Bishop
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...
Read more of Blues Matters, Interview and 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party' Album Review, Issue 101, April/May 2018
"... this is gorgeous music that grips and caresses in equal measure."
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...
Read more of RnR UK magazine, Album Review 'The Blues And I Should Have A Party', & Cover-mount CD track 'Way Down In The Caves' Mar/Apr 2018
Cover Mount Track, editors note: "Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion have appeared on 'UN-Herd' in the past too, and since have continued to build on their live and studio reputation with quality, classic blues-flavoured rock, in the manner of the autobiographical 'Way Down In The Caves' from their...