Jonzip, lead singer and rhythm guitarist with one of Glasgow’s original 70’s punk bands, The Zips (www.thezips.co.uk), recently struck out on his own, with a foray into the world of Folk/Punk/Protest, armed only with some sharp words and a battered, acoustic guitar.
With over forty years of song writing and performing experience, post-Zips, he signed his band, Passionate Friends to MCA Records, and toured with, amongst others, The Police, as well as supports for Big Country at Barrowlands and Rod Stewart, in front of a crowd of 30,000, at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
The Jonzip side-project, resulted in the release of his debut solo EP, A Hard Rain At Sunshine Corner, on The Zips’ own label, Tenement Toons, recorded with Smiley Barnard and Pablo Cook of the late, Joe Strummer’s band, The Mescaleros.
To promote the EP, Jonzip embarked on the never-ending, hAphAzArd Tour, which has, so far taken in, France, Germany, Estonia, Sweden, USA, and Portugal, as well as festival appearances at the Wickerman, Edinburgh Fringe, Nice N Sleazy, and numerous other dates around the UK.
A 7” vinyl split single with The Zips on Tarbeach Records (NYC), was released in March 2017, followed by a 7” vinyl EP written in collaboration with Portuguese musician, Razor Ramon, on Lisbon label, Different Class Records, in 2018.
In the summer of 2018, he also recorded at LA’s Secret Studio with producer/musician, Brad Mitchell, which resulted in 2 new songs, that will appear on a future release, to raise funds for Brad’s, Bread Over Bombs charity. Jonzip is part of the Glasgow wing of the organisation, involved in staging events to raise funds for local food banks.
As 2019 got underway, Jonzip released a download-only version of his song, The Battle of George Square, and video to commemorate the centenary of that event.
With 2020 hardly out of the wrapping paper, he released his debut album, Blue Print, a limited edition CD, ahead of a full-blown album release, when you-know-what happened!
As 2020 drew to a close, a digital only single and video were released to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of John Lennon. The song called, December 8th 1980, was first written the day after.
2021 was spent writing/recording new material, while he awaited the end of lockdowns.
2022 had plenty of live action for The Zips, but in the dying embers of the year, Jonzip ventured out to support Dave Arcari on all Scottish dates of his Devil May Care album tour.
2023 has been spent writing new material, as well as relaunching the Blue Print album on CD with an accompaying booklet of lyrics and photos. A video for his song, Maclean Be Known Again is currently being produced, in time for the centenary of the death of Scottish revolutionary socialist, John Maclean on 30th November. Before that, Jonzip will appear on the Sounds Radical stage at Re-Funkt Festival in Cupar, Fife on Sat 28th Oct.
Jonzip – lend him an ear at your peril, you might not get it back!
17 Nov – Tooth & Claw, Inverness
18 Nov – The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
19 Nov – Stereo, Glasgow
23 Nov – Beat Generator, Dundee
30 Nov – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
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