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Blowzabella produce an inimitable, driving drone-based sound played with a fabulous sense of melody, rhythmic expertise and sheer feeling. Originally formed in 1978 they have played everywhere from the main stage at Glastonbury Festival to the outer reaches of Brazil and West Africa and innumerable places in between. They 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.

Andy Cutting - diatonic button accordion.
Jo Freya - clarinet, saxophones.
Paul James - bagpipes, saxophones.
Gregory Jolivet - hurdy-gurdy.
Dave Shepherd - violin.
Barn Stradling - bass guitar.
Jon Swayne - bagpipes, saxophones.

Past members
Dave Armitage - (melodeon)
Nigel Eaton - (hurdy gurdy)
Chris Gunstone - (bouzouki, tapan)
Ian Luff - (cittern, bass guitar)
Bill O’Toole - (bagpipes, flutes)
Sam Palmer - (hurdy gurdy)
Dave Roberts - (melodeon)
Cliff Stapleton - (hurdy gurdy)
Juan Wijngaard - (hurdy gurdy)


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  • julius_ebola

    I discovered Blowzabella when a friend gave me a mix tape of their music back in 1992. The tape eventually snapped from use and I couldn't obtain any original recordings anywhere I looked so I didn't listen to them again for many years. Then around 2008 or so, I stumbled across their site online and was finally able to obtain a CD of 'Vanilla'. Joy! Great band.

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • wcalonge

    Blowzabella son una banda inglesa que utiliza instrumentación acústica (zanfona, gaitas, violín, acordeón, saxofones, clarinete) en temas de composición propia o de la tradición popular inglesa y europea. Se podrían clasificar como "big band folk". Su sonido no es el del folk-rock con guitarras eléctricas de principios de los 70 y felizmente, sus arreglos huyen de la moda del "celtismo a la irlandesa" que todo lo invade. Otros grupos con alguna conexión serían La bouttine souriante (Canadá) o La bruja gata (España).

    22 Aug 2011 Reply
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  • partylikeits44

    I was bought up on Blowzabella, my parents being good friends with the famous Paul James, the sounds this group made remind me of being a baby! Seeing them live and standing on a table tapping my foot just after id learnt to walk is one of my earliest memories! I love this stuff.

    27 Oct 2008 Reply
  • hdickins

    Ah! Blowzabella. One of the most extraordinary bands on the planet. (And how come they don't have a description yet - I think I'll have to write one!)

    5 Sep 2007 Reply

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