In the darkness of late winter,
In a shady watering hole South of the river, in Bristol…
A singer from North America and a guitar player from England met to have a quiet drink.
A good excuse to come in from the cold.
Through the door walked an old friend who also happens to be a fantastic jazz trumpeter.
The three of them found themselves chatting about the swing music of the 1930’s & 40’s, German Cabaret Songs, and the Parisian songwriters of the 50’s. An idea had started…
Not long after this fateful meeting, the three friends met a young classically trained accordionist from Poland, whose passion for French musette and Argentinian tango was infectious and inspiring. The four musicians started to create a small set of music derived from these ideas. Finally, long time comrade and exceptional double bassist Andy Crowdy was called in to complete the quintet, and Moscow Drug Club was formed.

Early gigs in the bars and clubs of Bristol provided evidence that Moscow Drug Club made a noise that made people happy….

“Moscow Drug Club….brilliantly rendered, crowd pleasing cabaret tuneage raised to the level of magnificence by virtuosic playing!”

“Moscow Drug Club played a beautiful set consisting of musical talent beyond technology, fx pedals and amp make, reminding us all of where music came from and what it is about.”

“Moscow Drug Club’s amazing talent left me and all of those around me baying for more…”

“Wonderful. Top class musicianship and brilliant entertainment!”


Since that time, they have continued to purvey their interpretations of highly fashionable gypsy swing and leftfield cult classics along side beautifully written original material that seem to be pleasing crowds and critics alike.

Moscow Drug Club have since appeared in some great venues and festivals of note including: Edinburgh Jazz Festival, National Theatre London, International Gypsy Guitar Festival, WOMAD, Trowbridge Festival, Le Quecumbar, Marlborough Jazz festival,
Royal Albert Hall, Harbourside Festival, Dartmouth Festival, Larmer Tree Festival, St George’s Music Hall, Colston Hall, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Twinwood Festival, & Keswick Jazz Festival….to name a few.

Moscow Drug Club have recorded 3 albums, appeared on numerous Radio programs, and continue to tour around the UK to sold out enthusiastic audiences.

Each member of Moscow Drug Club are experienced and talented in their own right…

Katya Gorrie trained in both classical and jazz vocals.  She grew up in the theatre, and studied acting and dance and has toured in Canada, the States and Europe.

Double Bassist Andy Crowdy, has as a Masters in Music Composition and is one of the most in demand Double Bassist for some of Europe’s most renowned Gypsy Swing Guitarists such as, Lollo Meier, Angelo Debarre and John Etheridge.

Classically trained pianist, and accordionist Mirek Salmon has his BMus from the University of Cardiff, has composed music for the British Film Institute and BBC television.

Jonny Bruce is a freelance trumpet player based in Bristol, UK. He trained classically by Paul Mayes and Andy Everton, and receiving further tuition in jazz from Steve Waterman. Jonny is a throwback to the pre-Miles styles of playing. In other words, he’s not Cool, he’s Hot! He draws from all the trumpeters from Louis Armstrong to Roy Eldridge and Clark Terry and he’s got the chops to do it.’

Andy Bowen is a jazz guitarist inspired by both Django Reinhardt and Charlie Christian  He has performed throughout the UK at many leading jazz festivals and has shared stages with many leading European gypsy jazz players. Whether playing swing or the rhythms of  Latin America, Andy’s playing is noted for his strong rhythmic style and lyrical approach to improvisation.

Will Edmunds is a Bristol based guitarist, singer and songwriter  As well as performing with MDC, he tours with international festival favourites The Carny Villains.  Collaborates with blues singer Elles Bailey, and fronts his own blues band.


Moscow Drug Club 2013 Press Release – Click to download!

Reviews from London Jazz News…

And…Jazz Journal

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