Yes Music Lovers, it really has been fifteen years since a younger Jonah Flatfoot and his cohorts perfumed their first gig at the legendary Hat & Feather open mic… within weeks the fledgling Zen Hussies were in the studio laying down tracks for the original Five Guys Maim Notes EP, and unleashing their inimitable brand of stomping swingska upon a world when it was neither fashionable nor profitable!
We’re celebrating this historic occasion with a gig in the steamy surroundings of Bristol’s Loco Klub, run and made lavish by our good friends The Invisible Circus on Friday 21st October with a whole host of exotic music and cabaret curiosities from one of the finest new bands on the stomp scene The Gin Bowlers and our original drummer Bunko Greyhounds wonderful slapstick skiffle kings The Hot Potato Syncopators. Expect also to see some old faces from years gone by re-joining the band on some classic Zen tunes you may not have heard us perfume live for quite some time! DJ Perky Jerk will also be on hand to whip your knees into a gyrational frenzy, and Jonah will be cranking up the gramophone and operating the infamous Absinthe Steeplechase to lubricate your heads, shoulders, knees and toes…
What’s more, this is just the outward bound trip on a return journey aboard The Paradise Express, for the next night on Saturday 22nd October his nibs will be returning to DJ at another evening of the finest jumping around with Rob Heron & The Tea-Pad Orchestra, Newcastle’s superb purveyors of all things swing, Screamin’ Miss Jackson & The Slap Ya Mama Big Band, Bristol’s own hollerin’ hoodoo meisters, and The Buffalo Skinners bringing their energetic rhythm riot from oop North!
The Paradise Express is going to be a weekender to remember, and also happily celebrates The Zen Hussies recent signing to the small, but perfectly formed Little Paradise music label based here in Bristol and home to a growing number of exciting contemporary roots music bands including Slap Ya Mama.
Return tickets for both nights are £20, and single tickets for each night are £12 in advance, available now from Bristol Ticket Shop
This is an exciting time for us here at ZHQ, we’ve also just signed a publishing deal with Wipeout! music, and are preparing new material for your delectation and enjoyment.
We hope to see you all there, in your finest Steam-Powered attire!
A hat-trick of Zen Hussies action lies ahead this weekend starting in Kidderminster on Friday when we support a benefit gig for a charity called FWRD (Festival Waste Reclamation & Distribution) who salvage tents, clothes, sleeping bags etc to redistribute to refugees & the homeless, on Saturday we are helping the celebrations for another happy couple tying the knot, and on Sunday we play the Dartmouth Music Festival in Devon when we predict summer will have returned to get everybody’s stomp on! Click the Gigs button for full details…
We are spending this coming Sunday night playing at the curious Cabaret club in Presteigne, one of Wales’ most prestigious Bohemian enclaves.
We hope some of you’ll be able to fend off the ravenous trolls and Silurian ogres that guard the border territories around Offa’s Dyke and get along for a few spritzers, and of course to make new friends in our adventures to bring music to the far flung corners of the Earth!
We are looking forward to playing the after party for Bath Comedy Festival on Tuesday 12th April at Hall and Woodhouse in the historic and interminably beige city of which His Nibs Jonah Flatfoot was elected Bard back in 2001. It looks set to be a suit splitting affair so get your tickets whilst you can via
We’ll also be at The Golden Lion in Bristol on Friday April 15th and launching the long awaited vinyl version of our latest album The Charm Account!
So we’re off to Goodwood Racecourse on Saturday 19th March to entertain the members at their annual spring shindig.
No doubt a selection of the great and the good will be in attendance and our man in the five-yard suit Jonah is hoping to be able to challenge outspoken television maverick Jeremy Clarkson to a duel and drinking competition after hours. Paddy Power are offering odds of 25/1 for the unlikely triumph of the moronic casually racist motormouth against our own latter day pugilistic pisshead. Watch this space for news of how it all turns out or consult your preferred redtop for a blow by blow account of the action as it probably won’t unfold…
Someone or something has recently hacked our email account which has resulted in a right royal pain in the proverbial for us to deal with. We apologise for any spam you may have been sent as a result and if you have sent us any emails in the last fortnight or so please resend them as we appear to have lost several! Thanks for your patience and a thousand vile poxes to the cyber infidel!
March is almost upon us and we are having a hometown gig at Leftbank on Stokes Croft, Bristol on Friday 11th March. We are also heading to the world famous Goodwood Racecourse on Saturday 19th March to pull off some musical handbrake turns and steeplechases if we can get anywhere near a fast car or horse. Watch this space for more news as it arrives and check out the gig page for further information.
…then we’ll be playing on over the Valentine season with shows at Chapel Arts Centre in Bath on Friday 12th February and Exeter City Museum on Saturday 13th. Once again we are pleased to provide the soundtrack to your canoodlings and as ever, we’ll also be the perfect foil for those awkward moments of uncertainty for those of you on first dates. See the gigs page for full details and we hope to see you there, but remember kids, no heavy petting!
The Zen Hussies perform their first Bristol gig of the year this Friday 22nd January at the Stag and Hounds on Old Market. This is part of the fabulous Free For All Festival and a whole month of free gigs seven days a week. Support comes from Clayton Blizzard and there are more acts upstairs. We’ll be getting the downstairs bar jumping, thrumping and crumping from 11pm.
We’re going to be returning to the roots of our tangled tree of troubadouring this Wednesday 13th January with a gig at the legendary Bell Inn on Walcot St in Bath.
On the 22nd we’ll be taking our stomp to the Stag and Hounds on Old Market in Bristol and what’s more both of these gigs are FREE! Hope to see friends old and new getting down for some whoopee…