Voted among the 25 best live Swing Bands of all time in 2015, we’re tickled to death to welcome the Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band back to perform at Bestival again.
Influenced by the likes of Louis Armstrong, Jabbo Smith, Professor Longhair, Lord Kitchener, Bix Beiderbecke, Count Basie, Big Joe Turner, Nat Gonella, Al Bowlly, and for the hep cats, Charlie Parker The band are a natural fit for the Pig’s Big Record Club.
Wine soaked art parties and festival mayhem are a speciality of the band !
Good time GUARANTEED!
“These guys are the REAL deal,” DJ Derek
“Noisy and raucous and dangerously sexy,” Gideon Coe, BBC Radio 6
“The authentic sound of New Orleans, during a hurricane,” Nightshift
“So good they should be prescribed on the NHS,” BBC Oxford
“A brilliant band, who always get people dancing,” Rob Da Bank, BBC Radio One
“A masterclass in blustery jazz swing infused with addictive rhythm and blues, blazing horns and galloping double bass, with highlights coming thick and fast…a damn addictive ride from start to finish, sure the band take you to places you jazz/swing lovers already know and love, but the scenery has never been this vivid, fun and full of life before,” Rhythm & Booze
Founded by Stuart Macbeth at a three-piece skiffle group, the band take their name from a touring troupe which once featured Bessie Smith and Louis Jordan, and the spasm bands that played home-made instruments on the streets of New Orleans in 1890s. The band soon added brass and drums grew, and grew into a seven-piece who smash trad jazz and jump blues with the energy of punk. A totally unadulterated pleasure and exhilarating entertainment," MAVERICK MAGAZINE
“Fronted by the Joe Strummer of jazz, this is genius at work,” OMS Magazine
“Probably the most exciting live band on the circuit today,” Oxford Times