Band hope early success will intensify enthusiasm for unique sound
PUBLISHED: 10:59 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:23 06 February 2018
Musicians and bands often prefer not to be confined by the restrictions of categories and genres. In the case of Zingaro Blue, you'd be hard pressed to find a genre that even begins to explain their musical diversity.
Since being founded in 2015 by vocalist Lesley Neesham and violinist Mario Price, the Lowestoft six-piece have been riding an ever-growing wave of success which has seen their popularity stretch throughout East Anglia and beyond.
The original duo made a formidable songwriting team and, following an exhaustive search for a guitarist, they later recruited Mike Flower after spotting him at a folk night in 2017.
Gary Drew, an old friend and talented sticksman, was brought in to keep the beat, before bassist Billy Lund Snr and percussionist Jamie Drew finally completed the line-up.
Zingaro Blue in its current form was born and in the ensuing months they have been fine-tuning a unique sound that is decidedly difficult to define.
“Even we don’t really know what we are,” admits Lesley during one of the band’s rehearsals at Oulton Community Centre, a statement greeted by a barrage of suggestions from her fellow band members including folk, gypsy music, rock, blues and baroque.
“What matters is that we have so much fun playing together,” says the frontwoman. “We always have a good time, without fail.”
“You’re unlikely to find anyone else in East Anglia playing these types of songs with these instruments,” says Billy, prior to the band giving a rendition of ‘Listen to the Whispers’, one of their slower offerings.
One of Zingaro’s (translating as gypsy in Italian) most endearing traits is to write songs about the local area such as ‘East Anglian Skies’, the video for which they plan to shoot aboard a boat on the Norfolk Broads.
Locations in Norfolk and Suffolk are fastidiously researched and there is always a conscious effort to include local people in their videos.
The band is currently focussing on preparation for their debut live show, a sell-out at the Seagull Theatre in Pakefield on Saturday, March 10.
“We’re concentrating very hard on the show at the Seagull,” says Lesley following an enchanting rehearsal of ‘Argentina’, the video for which is dedicated to Lowestoft’s Claremont Pier.
“We’ve been musicians for all our lives and we’ve got to the stage where we’re all about quality gigs rather than quantity.”
Zingaro Blue’s debut album ‘Gypsy Blue’ is available via Amazon and iTunes. Their second record will be released later this year.
Visit the band’s Facebook page for regular updates on new music, videos and live shows.