Welcome. We are The Zoots.
“The outstanding guitar playing of lead guitarist Ben, the award nominated drummer Simon, charisma from Jamie, fused with outstanding energy from Harriet and the very talented Tommy with their great harmonies and love for performing live have been key to The Zoots huge success. Crammed into every single one of their shows, you’ll witness to their oh-so-tight harmonies, infectious stage presence & questionable, but highly entertaining dance moves. Jamie’s vocals enrapture every audience from the off, using his charm to encourage audience participation throughout. The Zoots’ onstage rapport and genuine love for music radiates at every single one of their performances.”
Hello again. On this page, you’ll find out a bit more about us, who we are any what we like to eat. We’re made up of 5 lovely Wiltshire based musicians. We do music for a living. If we’re not performing it, we’re teaching it, if we’re not teaching it, we’re learning it ! We’re not a group of session musicians thrown together for an event but we’re real human being friends. When we’re not making music, we genuinely enjoy each others company so will often get together for a cup of tea and/or a curry and/or the cinema. There are more photos of us here.
With over 10 years in the industry, we are very experienced & really know how to put on a good show. We’ve toured over 30 countries and have 1000 performances under out belt. We have been wowing audiences with our Zoots show since 2009! We constantly practice, expand our repertoire, and work on our shows. We absolutely love doing what we do and we are always so honoured to be booked.
Jamie Goddard – Lead Vocals & guitar
This is Jamie. Front man and lead singer for The Zoots.
You’ll recognise him from his unforgettable charisma, his cheeky smile, powerful vocals and friendly persona.
When he’s not performing, he’s working behind the scenes managing The Zoots. He started the band in 2009 with school friend Kevin Joyce and his Dad (Martyn) who managed the band and came up with the name.
Jamie is also a singer/songwriter in his own right and has released two albums published by Warner Bros.
He uses a Marshall JVM410c amp which was kindly provided by the lovely people at Marshall. In December 2016 guitar makers Burns provided Jamie with a Burns Double Six 12 String and an Apache 6 string Burns.
Jamie lives near Marlborough in Wiltshire and even plays cricket for them when he can.
Ben Jones – Lead Guitar & vocals
This is Ben. He plays lead guitar. He’s very brilliant. Ben is from Trowbridge, Wiltshire. His slick guitar playing has to be seen to be believed.
If you’re lucky enough to watch this guy perform, pay close attention!
Ben’s not just an outstanding guitarist, performer, but also an excellent vocalist and vocal arranger.
Harmonising together, the Zoots send shivers down your spine. Ben also takes lead vocals on a few tracks.
Ben uses a Fender Deluxe Stratocaster and Victory Amp, The Duchess.
Jamie says “He’s the best guitarist he’s played with, he also happens to be a nice guy.”
When he’s not performing with The Zoots, Ben teaches guitars to pupils of all ages in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas. Follow Ben on Twitter.
Simon Small – Drums and backing vocals
Simon from Hilperton ,Wiltshire has been nominated twice for the UK Blues drummer of the year award. He has been a good friend of the band and has playing with The Zoots since 2012 . He brings a vast amount of experience to The Zoots having performing all over the world with other acts such as Ainsley Lister, The Dirty Aces and the Jon Amor Blues Group who were featured on Radio 2’s live Sessions. Simon uses Vater drum sticks at every gig. Get yours here: http://www.vater.com/
He has played drums on songs which have been played on radio stations worldwide and has even played drums on a track featuring Robert Plant from Led Zeppelin!
Harriet Lowther – Percussion & Backing Vocals
This is Harriet. She’s is The Zoots secret weapon. Harriet is our percussionist and backing vocalist playing tambourine, cabasa, cowbell, maracas whilst dancing around and adding copius ammounts of energy to the band. You won’t find many photographs of her as she’s usually the one taking them.
When Harriet isn’t globetrotting with The Zoots, she works behind the scenes with Jamie, sending lots of emails, marketing The Zoots, updating the website, documenting our moves, as well as making sure everything runs smoothly.
Harriet uses a Meinl skinned tambourine.
Tommy Lloyd – Bass guitar and vocals
Tommy is the newest member of The Zoots and performed his first show with us at The Randolph Hotel in Oxford. Tommy is a multi instrumentalist and is also a very talented drummer and guitarist. He is a great vocalist and has fantastic ability to build harmonies alongside the rest of the band. Tommy has also performed with the band on drums for a few gigs when Simon was in New York.
Tommy also offers private guitar, bass guitar and drum tuition in Dauntsey near Swindon.
Here is a link to Tommy’s instagram
The Zoots have a repertoire of over 200 songs from the past 6 decades including songs from The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Kings of Leon, Killers, Amy Winehouse, The Who and many more.
We are taking bookings all year round, some several years in advance, so if you would like to know more, give us a call. We’re based in Wiltshire, we travel throughout the South West & UK. Areas includes: Berkshire, Bedfordshire, Surrey, Hampshire, Dorset, Devon, Wales, Oxford, Cornwall, Sussex, Cheltenham, Bristol, Hertfordshire, Gloucestershire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset. Lancashire, Yorkshire, there aren’t many places we haven’t been! We can learn specific songs at your requests and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Read more about booking the Zoots for your wedding or event
Call Jamie or Harriet on: 07887 990400 or email: email@example.com
Dan – Dep double bass, bass guitar and vocals
Dan is the double bass specialist, he performed his first gig with the band in May 2015 at the Nest charity ball, read about it here. Dan has a fantastic energetic style and can do things with the double bass that have to be seen to be believed. Dan has played all over the country on the rock-a-bily scene and also plays with Jimmy and the Hound Dogs and The Del Sharrons. The Zoots are very excited to offer Dan and his double bass into the show. See Dan in action here.
Dan also offers one to one guitar and bass tuition in the Dudley area.