Category Archives: AUDIOS




Some strange Feedback has been coming in from the Zarsoff FanClub on FACEBOOK. Here’s a couple to tantalise and one more song to wash them down with. 


M.M. In my book, the Zarsoff brothers were a must see at the Sefton Hotel in Sydney’s western suburbs in the early 80’s. Excellent shows, nice drum work on the beer can Izzy.



I can’t believe my parents had “Bumsweat” on high rotation in our house when I was eight. I’m certain that it’s contributed to the slightly twisted adult that I am today. Thanks, Zarsoffs .

“I am so glad that you are still active on the music scene. I don’t know how many of your concerts I have been to – but it is a lot. I appreciate the effort you guys put into the show – I always remember it as being so professional and the arrangements were well above what a lot of the other bands were doing at the time. The smut made the whole thing fun – it is music for everyman – but it is classy and above all – entertaining. I still give the Rude Awakening album a spin now and then – a modern classic.

I had a record of ‘Bumsweat’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’. I bought it at the Sandown pub in the 1980s at a live show. It was broken by an irate Christian when I played it at a Christian youth group party.”

And more (stay posted, this could become a series …):
“I saw your show at the Ambervale Tavern and was blown away. After years and years of looking out for the Zarsoff Brothers in gig guides and never seeing them, and then there I was just hoping to get laid somehow nearly pissed listening to one of the best blues bands I ever heard at my local when BOOM the singer said we’re gonna do a couple more songs before The Zarsoff Brothers play. I couldn’t believe me ears. I nearly f’in choked on my beer. I went out and rang my friends, but there was no way they could get to Ambervale in 15 minutes from Wallsend in Newcastle. Anyway, to cut to the chase, yours was the best gig I have ever seen or heard. The atmosphere was perfect for a rocking great fun time and I think everyone I know would have had I ball if they were there.”


Might take another song to  digest all of that.




Ilnam winery and restaurant. 750 CAROOL ROAD CAROOL. BOOKINGS 07 55 90 77 03.

Lunch 12- 3.30.

Gutbucket bluesman Scrubby Pete Hurcombe plays guitar and slide and sings with Blues Outfit THE HILLBILLY BLUES BANDITS with Izzy on Bass. The Banditz were regular favourites at the BILAMBIL BLUES CLUB until recently and are still enormously popular in the pubs and clubs around the Northern NSW Rivers area. They won 2 Dolphin awards for best Blues Song of the year in 2008. SCRUBBY & IZZY also perform as a duo and with Sax player KEL MACINTOSH at the LUFFLEY CAFE in Murwillumbah. (as the JAZZ CANARIES.) Scrubby and Izzy are lined up over the next few months at BRUNSWICK PUB, BYRON RAILS, LENNOX HEAD PUB, RIVERVIEW IN MURBAH, BEECHMONT BLUES STOMP, BANGALOW PUB AND CHANNON MARKETS – ‘to name but a few’. 

Ilnam is a beautiful respite from the Coastal Hurly Burly with good food, good wine and good friends. This is one venue Izzy really enjoys. Home Turf. Might even get Mr Ilnam himself up for a song or two if the diners don’t keep him too busy serving fine foods. 



the big bamboo.
Its a song by an artist from Trinidad called the DUKE OF IRON – one of my favourite inspirations – says Izzy. Its Izzy’s second favourite track on the ZARSOFF BROS’ RUDE AWAKENING album and it takes every vegetable metaphor to the limit.  It was recorded with ROCKY ZARSOFF on the drums and SMOKEY on the Guitar, Bernie on keyboards and Bluey on Rhythm guitar. Don Reed on soprano sax. LEFTY ZARSOFF played bongoes on that one. It was just after he joined the band. The song was on a cassette tape that someone gave Izzy. The tape belonged to the pilot of the NZ plane which crashed into a mountain on the way to tha Antarctic somewhere. The pilot was a collector of music from round the world and the tape came to Izzy via ROCKY ZARSOFF.