Blues on the Quay this weekend

Blues on the Quay this weekend

Join The Crown Hotel for some live music which is taking place as part of  Poole Blues Festival – from 7th to 9th September.

Featuring blues bands and entertainment – there a wide selection of bands across various venues. At the Crown, we have the amazing Isobel Thatcher on Saturday 8th at 12pm, and Zoe Schwarz and Rob Koral on Sunday 9th September at 3pm.

Isobel is an award winning acoustic Singer-Songwriter originally from Salisbury, Wiltshire but now based in London,  whose voice has been compared to artists such as KT Tunstall and Bonnie Raitt. She recently released her Debut EP, which was recorded with Curved Air Legend, Michael Wedgwood at his studios in Denmark and this received radio interest from not only local radio stations but also BBC Introducing UK.

Zoe (vocals) and Rob (guitar) have been playing together as part of the Blue Commotion band. Zoe’s musical journey started by being brought up at a convent boarding school singing sacred music in church several times a week. A natural singer, Zoe was chosen as a regular soloist, and also often conducted the schola. Zoe broadened her musical intake by defying school rules and listening to John Peel under the bed-cloths late at night on a tiny transistor radio (and loving bands like the Stranglers). Zoe was introduced to Billie Holiday by her uncle Colin in her early teens, this was inadvertently the crucial stepping stone to Zoe’s natural home of singing the blues. By the time Zoe left school she had achieved grade 8 piano, clarinet, music theory and singing (not to mention hours knocking around on an acoustic guitar when ever possible and dabbling in early song writing). From here on the journey started.

Rob, the guitar half of the duo, said: “When I first started playing guitar at school, the challenge between us guitar-playing rebels was to see who had the sweetest vibrato. Who could bend the string up a whole tone, and hold it with the most control. Playing the Blues must be the most natural way to start playing guitar. It gives you an understanding of the relationship between the string, the wood, and the amp. The amp is not just to make the guitar louder, but is an integral part of the instrument… it’s a partnership between the guitar and amp, and is a tool to help you achieve your stylistic goals”

We look forward to seeing you at The Crown!

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