Folk band formed in Whitechapel, London, UK in 1978 by Bill O'Toole from Sydney and Jon Swayne from Glastonbury, both students in London. The name Blowzabella is taken from an English jig "Blowzabella My Bouncing Doxie" ca. 17th century. The band feature hurdy-gurdy, bagpipes and an array of acoustic instruments to produce a driving drone-based sound influenced by British and European traditional dance music. They have had numerous members over the years, with only Jon Swayne remaining constant throughout.