THE ONLY TWO MAN BAND YOU WILL EVER NEED

ZARBO is a band from Brighton playing a very British form of Americana with echoes of VAUDEVILLE and 1930s style. Utilising antique drums and percussion played with their feet and a myriad of stringed instruments, harmonicas and car horns, ZARBO combine a sophisticated songwriting style to produce a musical tour-de-force.

Formed in 2012, ZARBO perform as a multi instrumental 'two-man-band' using vintage instruments combined with cutting edge technology as an alternative to the traditional singer/songwriter style so predominant in the acoustic/Americana scene. Their live performances are totally unadulterated with no use of loop stations or samples, the only augmentation being a lever operated harmony machine.

Released in 2013 their eponymously titled first album was critically acclaimed - reviewers praising passionate and powerful songs and virtuoso performances.

Paul Bishop worked as a session player in Nashville and has written music for TV shows including The West Wing and Heartbeat. Sessions include the Billy Connolly series Journey to the Edge of the World and several TV adverts. In ZARBO Paul plays banjo, dobro and lap steel.

Andy Heath has written songs for artists including Cara Dillon. In ZARBO he plays guitar, harmonica and sings while acting as the rhythm section using an antique drum kit played with his feet.

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ANYTHING WITH FACTS

IN 1965, the FBI started a two year investigation to work out if the lyrics of The Kingsmen's "Louie Louie" were obscene. Their findings were ultimately that the lyrics were "unintelligible at any speed".
SHARKS act calmer when listening to AC/DC.
HUNG­ARIAN composer Franz Liszt received so many requests for locks of his hair that he bought a dog & snipped off patches of fur to send to admirers.
TERMITES eat wood twice as fast hearing heavy metal.
THE STAR TREK theme song has lyrics.
LEO FENDER, inventor of the Stratocaster & Telecaster, couldn't play the guitar.
MONACO'S national orchestra is bigger than its army.
SCIENTISTS at the The Scottish Association for Marine Science say male cod may "sing" to females during the spawning season.
WHEN BILLY CRYSTAL was a child, his babysitter was Billie Holiday.
FRANZ SCHUBERT was given the nickname 'Little Mushroom' by his friends due to his height.
IN 1999, JANIS JOPLIN'S former residence in San Francisco's Haight district was converted into a drug re-hab centre.
MOZART wrote a song called "Lick My Arse"
DURING a mid-performance in 1994 Ramon Barrero, a Mexican musician famous for playing the world’s smallest harmonica, inhaled the harmonica & choked to death.
TCHAIKOVSKY suffered from many neuroses. He believed his head would fall off, so when conducting an orchestra he would hold his chin with his left hand.
THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS were budgeted $5000 by EMI Music to make a demo tape and set aside $2000 to spend on heroin and cocaine.
MOST TOILETS flush in E flat.
IN 1996 ASCAP threatened the Girl Scouts of America for singing campfire songs without paying licensing fees.
YOKO ONO once brought a dead rat in a shoebox to a recording studio, and insisted that the sound engineer record it.

NEWS

ZARBO GET BUSY - After a period of ‘resting’ ZARBO are reinvigorated and playing again. There’s a new website (this one!) designed by Andy Heath and brought to life by Ethan Bishop. It includes videos of recent rehearsals at a barn in the backwoods of Sussex filmed and edited by Luke Bishop. All upcoming gigs and news will be posted here or you can sign up to ‘FRIENDS OF ZARBO’ to receive news and notifications. The duo are currently rehearsing a collection of new songs with a confident and more bluesy feel. Live dates are being organised for later in the year so watch this space! - 8th May 2015

NEWS

ZARBO GET BUSY - After a period of ‘resting’ ZARBO are reinvigorated and playing again. There’s a new website (this one!) designed by Andy Heath and brought to life by Ethan Bishop. It includes videos of recent rehearsals at a barn in the backwoods of Sussex filmed and edited by Luke Bishop. All upcoming gigs and news will be posted here or you can sign up to ‘FRIENDS OF ZARBO’ to receive news and notifications. The duo are currently rehearsing a collection of new songs with a confident and more bluesy feel. Live dates are being organised for later in the year so watch this space! - 8th May 2015

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Don't End Up Working In A Supermarket

Checkout girls calling for change, they all have a mother, they all have a name, but they don’t feel the same about love, loss and dignity and exceptional pain. Love is just a game… Don’t end up working in a supermarket, not if you wanna succeed, don’t end up working in a supermarket, not if you don’t wanna end up like me! Hour after hour, day after day, the mince and the liver and the meat with no name. But they don’t feel the same about love, loss and dignity and exceptional pain - love is just a game… Don’t end up working in a supermarket, not if you wanna succeed, don’t end up working in a supermarket, not if you don’t wanna end up like me! I pray for the sinners below me, born into slavery and I pray to my god above me - "Set my people free!"

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Walking Back To Happiness

She won’t cry anymore, she don’t wait to hear your key in the lock of the door. She never wanted to let go, she just had to let you know something you never learned before. Now she’s looking for somebody who hasn’t been abused and she’s walking back to happiness in someone else’s shoes. She won’t be there for you but she doesn’t blame you for all the things you didn’t say and didn’t do. You won’t hear her voice again, she’ll never tell you what to do but you’ll never hear her say ‘I love you’.

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Healed By The Hands Of Elvis

When we die, we won’t go to heaven - we’ll all go to Memphis, Tennessee. When we die, we won’t go to heaven, the gates of Graceland’s where we’ll be! We’ve been healed by the hands of Elvis in the back seat of his limousine, We’ve been healed by the hands of Elvis in Memphis, Tennessee. When we die, we’ll all go to Graceland, there’ll be music, there’ll be people everywhere When we die, we’ll all go to Graceland - everything we lost, we’ll find there. We’ve been healed by the hands of Elvis in the back seat of his limousine, We’ve been healed by the hands of Elvis in Memphis, Tennessee. And if this life has treated you unfairly, if people have been unkind and cruel. If this life has treated you unfairly, the king will save your suffering soul

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ZARBO

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