<Gypsy and 20s &30s Hot Swing>


The sweet, fierce and swinging music of The Hot Club of Belleville is inspired by the great masters of manouche Swing, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli of Le Hot Club de France, and the wild musical passion and energy of the Eastern European Gypsies.


From gentle ballads to cartoon craziness and foot stomping Gypsy tunes, this group can put on a show that can be tailored to almost any event. The Hot Club of Belleville creates an atmosphere that conjures up the steamy Swing clubs of the 1920Õs and 1930Õs and the Prohibition era Speakeasy, through sultry vintage songs, scat vocals, wild instrumental improvisation and that intoxicating Swing rhythm. Thrown into the mix are driving Eastern European Gypsy polkas and waltzes, and contemporary classics played in a ŌGypsy SwingÕ style. Belleville can create a decadent vintage atmosphere, but they are at their best when getting audiences on their feet and dancing the night away, as they do every month as resident band of BrightonÕs 20s and 30s Hot Swing night Club Chat Noir.



The Hot Club of Belleville are:
Nuala Nova – Fiddle, saw, melodica and vocals
Jimi Doina – Guitar and vocals
Marcato – Guitar and vocals
Sammy Sketch – Guitar, vocals and cazoo
Bossa Bruce – Tuba and Flugabone


Though usually a quintet, Belleville also play as a trio or quartet when appropriate, as well as being the core of nine-piece Swing band: The Club Chat Noir Allstars (with singer, clarinet, trombone and drums)


The Hot Club of Belleville are the resident band of BrightonÕs monthly 20s & 30s Swing night: Club Chat Noir (www.clubchatnoir.co.uk)


Other gigs include:

Glastonbury Festival... (as resident band at the Lost Vagueness Restaurant and the Avalon Cafe in 2006 and the Lost Vagueness bandstand and Avalon Cafe in 2007)

The Secret Garden Party (on the Feast of Fools stage in 2007 and 2008 and the Small World stage in 2007 and 2009)

Mantua Festival (Ireland)

Bestival (Isle of Wight)

Thames Festival - 2006 and 2007

London Burlesque Festival 2008

Winterwell Festival

The Vaudeville Rave (Reading)

The Lewes Guitar Festival

The Steyning May Fair

The Fiery Foods Festival

Glynde Food and Drink Festival

The Marketplace (London)

Car Free Day (Brighton) 2008 and 2009


As well as dedicated Swing clubs:

The Black Cotton Club (London) 2007 and 2008

The International Club (London)

Tipsy Swing at the Bonanafana Social Club (Norwich)










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Jamie: 07905 096408

Bruce: 07825 413927







The Hot Club of Belleville is available for gigs, festivals, weddings, functions, etc.

Promotional copies of the Hot Club of Belleville album, a full list of tunes the band play, promo images, and technical requirements are available on request.