On a cold, dark December night all is quiet and still. Then, from a corner of Bristol harbour, a fever of foot stomping, gypsy-jazz-jiving, swing-ska comes rocking from aboard The Matthew… The culprits? The Zen Hussies!
With an infectious sound and energy, combining 40’s swing with a double helping of Dixieland, ska and gypsy-jazz, the band draws on a variety of musical genres. Combined with a jaunty showmanship, they succeed in creating a unique and exciting musical atmosphere. The band possess a similar sound, life and humour to The Squirrel Nut Zippers, but their Bristolian roots shine through.
'The Matthew', John Cabot’s replica ship, was moored outside the Arnolfini during a recent series of fundraising events to help keep the historic boat afloat. Just before Christmas, decorated with lights and flags, and with a small bar serving drinks and mulled wine, there was a subtle magic in the air. The Zen Hussies hauled in a large crowd, filling the top deck; all dressed in hats, gloves and scarves (including the band!) But the boat was soon warmed up with hot music and raucous rhythms - a perfect evening to dance away those winter blues!
If you missed The Matthew gig, fear not - with a passion for boats it seems, another evening of swashbuckling swing is guaranteed at their next Bristolian gig aboard The Thekla on the 22nd of January.
Also, on 14th of February, The Zen Hussies are creating some romance, hosting their very own Valentines Ball along with the equally infectious band - Top Shelf Jazz (‘fine purveyors of filthy swing’). The evening is being held at Metropolis, Cheltenham Road.
So if the Zen Hussies tickle your fancy, keep an eye out for them around Bristol and the UK. But be warned, one gig and you could be hooked!
HYPERLINK "http://www.myspace.com/thezenhussies" www.myspace.com/thezenhussies
HYPERLINK "http://www.myspace.com/topshelfjazz" www.myspace.com/topshelfjazz
By Paula Bowles