Pixie & the Gypsies

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Last Show: Saturday 1 st December 2018

PizzaExpress Jazz Club (Soho)

Pixie and The Gypsies perform music from their chart-topping debut album 'Honey Trap', alongside a selection of covers from the worlds of pop and jazz. 2018 has been a busy year following the release of their chart-topping debut album in August, with the band playing sold-out shows at venues such as The Spice Of Life and PizzaExpress Jazz Club, and Upstairs at Ronnie Scottʼs. They have also performed at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Rye Jazz a Blues Festival, and Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Pixie and The Gypsies features founding member Taylor Notcutt on vocals and accordion, Connie Chatwin on violin and backing vocals, Twm Dylan on double bass and Matt Wilson on guitar, and guest drummer Ed Harley.

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"Taylor is one of the UK's exciting young jazz singers. She is a great story teller and sings from the heart while she mesmerises you with her sultry tone" - Trudy Kerr

"Was enchanted tonight by the special magic of Pixie & the Gypsies + the engaging duo of Llinos Emmanuel & Twm Dylan- swing- melodic pop- memorable originals. The evening was brilliant from all aspects... the music was totally involving, presented and performed at a high level, to a full house. A definite highlight in this year's musical calendar! " - Paul Pace, Spice of Life Jazz

She won a Jack Petchy award for outstanding achievement in Sixth form and after receiving vocal coaching from Nia Lynn, Taylor developed a passion for Jazz and went on to secure an unconditional offer to study Jazz Voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, even though she was ungraded as a singer with little coaching.

“The singing teacher on the panel was crying”, Taylor recalls. That teacher, who she would go on to train under at Trinity, said to her after the audition: “We can teach you about jazz but we can’t teach you about feelings. And you’re the only person who managed to lose me in the audition and that’s why you got your unconditional offer.”

While at Trinity Laban, Taylor received vocal coaching from Jazz greats such as Anita Wardell, Trudy Kerr and Brigette Beraha and Pete Churchill. Taylor graduated in June 2017 with BMUS honours degree in Jazz Performance.

Alongside her studies, Taylor has performed in a variety of venues across the country including The Spice of Life, The Vortex, Oliver's Jazz and Piano Bar, the Rye Jazz and Blues Festival at the Dankworth awards and Ronnie Scotts. However, it was at Trinity where she met up with violinist and vocals student Connie Chatwin and double bassist Twm Dylan. Together they formed ‘Pixie and The Gypsies’, performing their unique gypsy-jazz style covers of well known pop classics from various eras at gigs and corporate events, to earn some extra cash to support their studies.

After entering a competition by Yamaha for the chance to perform at Ronnie Scotts, the band was spotted by A&R for Mercury Prize nominated writer/producer Andy Ross (Golden – The Kit Downes Trio), who subsequently invited them to develop their songwriting and apply the Pixie and the Gypsies style to record an original album, joined for the sessions by Ben Williams on guitar and Stuart Smith on drums.

After five weeks at Ross’s Astar Studios near Manchester, the band emerged with ‘Honey Trap’ – an outstanding 10-track debut album to be released on 10th August 2018 and supported by a full press and media campaign and live venue and festival dates.

By Elisa Bray

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Taylor Notcutt  (singer/songwriter/accordion) 

Connie Chatwin  (violin/backing vocals) 

Twm Dylan (double bass) 

Matt Wilson (guitar) 

Ed Harley (drums)