Friday October 28th - Moscow Drug Club




At Hanley Swan Village Memorial Hall at 8pm.
Tickets £14 (Members £11)

When North American chanteuse and purveyor of sinister lyrical adventures, Katya Gorrie and international guitar virtuoso Denny Ilett were having a quiet drink on a winter's night in their Bristol watering hole they were unexpectedly joined by old friend and trumpeter Jonny Bruce. The conversation turned to the subject of the swing music of the 1930's and 40's, German Cabaret songs and the Parisian songwriters of the 50's, an idea was born. Soon after they met a young accordionist from Poland, Mirek Salmon, with a passion for French musette and Argentinian tango and by adding double bassist, Andy Crowdy, Moscow Drug Club was formed. Early gigs around Bristol provided the evidence that their music made people happy. Since that time they have continued to perform their interpretations of highly fashionable gypsy swing and leftfield cult classics alongside some original material. The band has appeared at many prestigious venues including the National Theatre, London and the Royal Albert Hall and at Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Marlborough Jazz Festival, Twinwood Festival and also to full houses at the Upton-upon-Severn International Jazz Festivals in 2014 and 2015.

Personnel: Katya Gorrie, vocals, trained both in classical and jazz music as well as theatre and dance and has toured in Canada, the states and Europe; Denny Ilett, guitar, renowned world class player, spent many years touring with the Ambassador of Music from New Orleans, Lillian Boutté; Mirek Salmon, accordian, classically trained pianist with B.Mus from University of Cardiff, also composer of music for the British Film Institute and BBC television; Andy Crowdy, double bass, has a Masters in Music Composition and is first call for many of Europe's Gypsy Swing guitarists such as Lollo Meir, Angelo Debarre and John Etheridge; Jonny Bruce, trumpet, freelance player trained classically and then in jazz with Steve Waterman, is a throwback to the pre-Miles styles of playing, in other words he's not cool, he's hot!