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Pirate Jenny's rollcall: Performers A-Z
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Unless otherwise stated, all appearances up to and including April 2004 were at the Vortex on the regular monthly night, generally the first Monday of the month until October 2002 when they moved to the first Tuesday of the month. From September 2004, all appearances were at the Drill Hall. For details of exact dates, see Past performances by date.


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Viv Acious Poet, club host and quizmistress (Eng) 8/96
Patience Agbabi Powerful poet of life, race and sexuality (Eng/Nigeria) 6/95, 4/96, 17/6/96, 7/97
Jude Alderson/Amazonia Company Former Sadista Sister, music theatre innovator and Entartete Musik specialist (Eng) 7/05
Katherine Angel Musical cabaret chanteuse (Eng) 7/01
Steve Anthony Finely crafted and passionate songs (Eng) 10/04
John Anstiss Veteran poet does it in leather (Eng) 17/6/96
Mark Astronaut Quirky punk balladeer from Welwyn Garden City (Eng) 8/99
Pete Atkin A genuine legend of literate English popular song (Eng/Aus) 5/01, 2/02
Atomic Lip 4-piece polyphonic performance poetry supergroup (Eng/Nigeria) 100 Club 23/10/96, 100 Club 25/9/97
Attila the Stockbroker Veteran performance poet, political song thrasher and Brel fan (Eng) 100 Club 23/10/96 (with Barnstormer), 29/9/98 (Brel album launch), 11/00, 2/03
Fabienne Audéoud Performance artist and cabaret diva (F) 4/96
Hope Augustus Ex-Happy Ender and jazz belter (Eng) 3/95

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Babysnakes All-female world quartet purveying balkan-klezmer-chanson fusion (Eng) 1/01
Jaspre Bark Gritty fingered poet, storyteller and stand-up (Eng) 2/96, 10/97
Bent Double Camp and hilarious couple take Coward to Ikea (Eng) 10/95
Agnes Bernelle (1923-99) German cabaret legend (D/Irl) 8/95, 4/96, 100 Club 6/97
Tributes to Agnes Bernelle
Beskydy Big band Balkan Beat (Eng/Gr) 11/97
A Bit on the Side Andrews Sisters-inspired glam cabaret trio (USA/Eng) 4/96
Black Market European Roots Music from the cellars of Paris, Berlin and Budapest (Eng) 11/97, 9/98, 3/01
The Blowpipes Global Village Trombone Trio (Eng) 8/98
Jane Bom-Bane Queen of the funky harmonium (Eng) 6/96, 11/01 (with Kath Tait), 4/03, 12/05
boum! Irrepressibly French chanson and film-theme merchants (F/Eng) 10/95, 4/98, 11/01, 100 Club 17/10/96, 10/98
Lorraine Bowen Joyce Grenfell meets Madonna at Hackney Market (Eng) 2/96, 100 Club 4/96, London Poetry Festival 6/96, 6/97, 100 Club 9/97, 4/98, 3/99, 2/00, 7/03 (billed as the Lorraine Bowen Experience on all performances except 7/03)
Evelyne Brink See Diva Eve
British Summer Time Ends East-Asian influenced pop-jazz trio (Eng) 9/95
Mark Bunyan "One of the great comedians at the piano" - Ned Sherrin (Eng) 5/02, 4/03, 1/06
The Button Band All-woman scratch global dance big band (Eng) 100 Club 4/97

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Anthony Cable West End face sidelines as a Geordie Brel (Eng/F) 3/98, 11/99
Le Duo Capodastro Fresh folk chanson duo (F/Eng) 5/97
Célia (qui chante) Sultry siren of the guinguettes of London (Eng/F) 5/98, 10/01
Osvalda Cerati Pungent Argentinian tango and passionate Italian canzone (I) 11/04, 5/06
The Children Poetic pop/jazz crossover with a bluesy touch (Eng) 5/99
Russell Churney Former Julian Clary pianist and foil, after Russell probably the most prolific keyboard contributor to Pirate Jenny's (Eng)
John Citizen Canine-unfriendly poetry impressario and performer (Eng) 2/97
Alan Clayson Legend from rock's lunatic fringe turned cabaret phenomenon (Eng) 29/9/98 (Brel album launch), 8/99, 2/03
Sarah Collins Looking at Satie from the right and from the left (Eng) 5/98
Stéphane Cornicard Breton singer/actor specialises in Boris Vian (F) 10/95, 3/97

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Tim Dalling Brilliant and original folk and jazz-flavoured songs, singing and accordion playing, including inspired settings of Louis MacNeice (Scot) 2/05
Magdalena Darby Incomparable torch singer (NL/NZ) 4/01
Koen De Cauter Flemish Brassens with a trad jazz twist (B) 29/9/98 (Brel album launch), 4/05 (with Waso and Dajo De Cauter and Bill Greenow)
Des de Moor Jenny's bosun and English chanson stalwart (Eng/NL) Nearly every PJ gig
Jo de Waal Performance diva appeared solo with a Lorca piece then returned with the Pigeon Quartet to provide gripping reinterpretations of classic cabaret (Eng/B) 11/96 (solo), 7/01 (Quartet), 7/02 (Quartet), 2/05 (with Julian Masters)
DebnStan Accordion, vocal and virtuoso cello duo go for Italian opera and blues (Eng/USA) 1/96, 12/97, 11/99
Diva Eve Former German pop singer branches into vegetarian cabaret (D) 01/03
The Divine Feud Delirious drag and raunchy revuedeville including an alter-ego of Tina C (Eng) 10/95, 1/97
Viv Dogan Corringham Ethno-cyperpunk storyteller (Eng/Tk) 6/99
Dora Passionate rock/cabaret troupe (Eng) 4/95
Durga Rising Blues meets Bhangra beat in cross-cultural explosion (Eng/Ind) 100 Club 7/97
Bremner Duthie Expressive music theatre performer and Kurt Weill specialist (USA/F) 11/02

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Ennui Lush, decadent and Walkeresque band (Eng) 3/95, 100 Club 22/2/96

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Fantasmagoria Gypsy showband with a twist (F/Eng) 27/03/01, 6/03, 3/06
P J Fahy Off the wall singer, poet and ructioneer, sadly since departed (Irl/Eng) 1/95, 4/97
Kellan Farshea Perpetually indulging Performance Poet (Eng) 1/97
Deirdre Forrest Not Just Weill -- but Torched! (Eng) 1/98
John Forrester Hard-hitting contemporary singer-songwriter (Eng) 29/9/98
Frank Chickens Performance pop from the underfloor worlds of Tokyo and Tottenham (Jp/Eng) 9/95, 100 Club 4/96, 100 Club 4/97,
100 Club 10/98

Jo Freya and Kathryn Locke Cello, reeds and vocal duo mix pungent folk with standards (Eng) 3/96, 12/98
The Fugitives See The Smokers.

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Kinny Gardner Camp charmer with a 3-octave range (Sco) 8/96, 8/97, 8/98, 10/99, 27/03/01
Tim Gibbard Bristol's cyberpunk poet and kinky shopper (Eng) 2/4/96
Glitteris Garland and Piaf for the laughter-n-tears 90s (Eng) 1/97, 1/98
The Great Explorers Cello, bass and vocal duo of musical storytellers (Eng) 6/95

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David Harrod One of London's leading Cabaret pianists and composers (Eng) Appearances too numerous to mention
Jon Harvison Folk supremo finds a season out of the sun (Eng) 29/9/98 (Brel album launch)
Barbara Hastings Brassy comedy singer with a Michael Portillo fixation (USA) 3/98, 4/99
Hilde Hildebrand Evoking the world of 1920s Berlin (D/NL) 12/01, 9/04
The hKippers Big polyglot world-cabaretlues band featuring ex-EastEnders' Nigel (Eng) 2/96, 100 Club 17/10/96
Paul Hull The singing DIY man with the angel voice (Cym) 7/99
Johnny Human Accordionist/vocalist ranges from Country to Dietrich (Eng/I) 7/95
Naomi Hyamson Sparkling mezzo-chanteuse celebrating the songs of Stephen Sondheim (Eng) 11/05

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Philip Jeays Powerful Brel-inspired songwriter/performer (Eng) 2/95, 5/96, London Poetry Festival 6/96, 100 Club 9/97, 10/97, 2/99, 12/99, 11/00, 3/02, 10/02, 9/04
Robb Johnson Tender and hard-hitting pioneer of English chanson (Eng) 29/9/98 (Brel album launch), 2/99, 6/00, 12/00, 05/01, 1/02, 4/02, 5/03, 12/03 (Jacques Brel commemoration), 12/04
Kevin Jolley and his Singing Dad Anarcho-Blake for the new millenium, better known as Mr Social Control (Eng) 3/98
Barb Jungr One of Britain's leading interpreters of chanson, musical cabaret, jazz and pop: See also Jungr and Parker and Durga Rising (Eng/Cz) 1/96, 12/96, 12/97, 29/9/98 (Brel album launch), 12/98, 12/99, 6/00, 12/00, 6/02, 12/03 (Jacques Brel commemoration), 12/05
Jungr and Parker Sparkling folk/blues and humour duo: See also Barb Jungr (Eng/Cz) 4/95

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Dillie Keane Sparkling and indelible songwriter, performer and Fascinating Aida star (Irl/Eng) 11/02
Kev and Janie Stimulating musical saw and accordion duo (Eng) 3/99, 4/01
Kinkajou Quirky and inventive songs lubricated with Irn Bru (Sco/Eng) 8/03
Knokke Le Zout Brel-inspired harmonica outfit (Eng) 29/9/98 (Brel album launch)

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Anke Landeau A breathtaking invocation of Dietrich...and more (D/Eng) 3/01, 7/03
Fran Landesman Cult New York beat poet and lyricist, appearing with current collaborator Simon Wallace (USA/Eng) and vocalists Nicki Leighton-Thomas and Sarah Moule 3/96, 2/97, 2/98, 5/99, 8/01, 1/03
Kath Lanham Vielle Paris meets Nouvelle Orléans (Eng) 4/00
The Laughing Stock Cross-cultural indie waltzers (Eng) 8/95
Nicki Leighton-Thomas Sensual jazz singer appearing with Fran Landesman (qv) (Eng) 3/96, 2/97, 2/98, 5/99
Livingstones Kabinet Weimar cabaret and contemporary sensibility combine to create an original, lopsided and creaky world (Dk/Sco) 3/02, 3/03
The Long Decline Acerbic punk folk from seasoned veterans including Mark P(erry) and Vic Godard (Eng) 6/97
The Lost Puppies Mad trio with DebnStan plus celtic harp: See also Debnstan (Eng/USA) 12/94
Lounge Lizards in Love Kitsch Coward pastiche with great tunes (Eng) 10/97
William Ludwig Actor/singer keeps the cabaret flame: see also Ports of Call (D) 9/97, 10/98
Paul Lyalls Express Excess impresario with poetry that jolts 6/97

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Stacey Makishi Performance from the Pacific Rim (Jp/USA) 7/98
Elizabeth Mansfield Actor-singer and veteran interpreter of Brecht and chanson repertoire (Eng) 4/06
Ursula Martinez Sultry, sardonic Latina from Croydon (Eng/E) 11/96, 12/97, 10/99
Beowulf Mayfield The man with the baby poem (Eng) 11/98
Eva Meier Leading contemporary interpreter of German theatre song (D) 9/98, 9/99, 10/00, 10/01
Sebastian Michael Half a kiss for the goldfish (CH/Eng) 7/97, 12/02
Midnight English chanson with attitude, singer-songwriting with guts and a touch of the odd jazz standard (Eng) 5/06
Monique Authentic French chansons, Corsican folksongs and Flanders & Swann (F/Eng) 12/02, 9/03
Sarah Moule Superb jazz singer appeared with Fran Landesman (qv) (Eng) 8/01, 1/03
Mr Social Control See Kevin Jolley
Liesl Müller Berlin cabaret, Viennese and chanson classics from veteran performer (A/Eng) 3/04
Marie Murphy Hollywood cabaret (Sco) 8/97, 1/99
Orchestre Murphy Brand leaders of the uncategorisable (Eng) 7/95

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Neurostar Europa Radio and La Grande Beat (Eng/F) 11/99
Caroline Nin Très elegante Parisian chanteuse (F) 5/95, 6/96, 5/97, 7/99, 4/00, 12/01, 11/03

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Dee Palmer (Eng) Former Jethro Tull member and orchestral arranger turned touching and inventive chansonnière 6/05
George Papavgeris (GR/D/Eng) Superb singer-songwriter with tales of ordinary heroes 7/05
John Peacock Unassumingly powerful purveyor of witty new songs (Eng) 1/01, 11/03, 12/04
Piaffinitée Contemporary arrangements of gems by Edith Piaf and other music of post-war Paris (F/UA/Eng) 5/05
The Pigeon Quintet See Jo de Waal
Anne Pigalle Former ZTT recording artist delivers haunting songs with boho chic (F/Eng) 1/04
Poets of the Machine DM-shod Mayakovskians with a beatbox (Eng/Aus) 1/95, 12/95
Ports of Call From the brothels of Berlin down the Boulevard of Broken Dreams to a sixpenny bed in Surabaya with Gertrude Thoma and William Ludwig (D/Eng) 10/05
Harry Powell Stranger-than-fiction singer-songwriter (Eng) 4/95, 8/95
Vic Pratt and Stephen McConnachie Subtle and intriguing chansonniers influenced by melancholy, music hall and Norman Wisdom (Eng) 2/04
Peter Scott (formerly Eric) Presland Veteran gay cabaret and theatre stalwart and advocate of European song (Eng) 6/95, 1/96, 12/96, 7/97, 2/98, 11/98, 9/99, 10/00, 9/01, 6/02, 5/03, 1/06
Background notes on Presland's Kurt Weill project Here I'll Stay

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William George Q Sometime Philip Jeays (qv) sideman with quirky songs to send flatmates flying (Sco) 7/96

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François Raffenaud Authentic French chanson made accessible to Anglophone audiences in great style (F) 10/03
Marcus Reeves Original chansons combining influences from music theatre and glam rock (Eng) 9/04
Rachel Rose Reid Strong-voiced new musical cabaret star (Eng) 6/02, 5/03 (both with Eric Presland), 3/04, 5/05
Jade Reidy Gecko Press supremo and performance poet extraordinaire (Eng) 17/6/96
Helen Roach Pure-voiced singer-guitarist with Yiddish and Ladino songbook (Eng/P) 3/96
Jem Rolls In-yer-face poet purveys big words (Eng) 9/95, 12/96, 6/98, 4/99
Coco Ronel Extraordinary Josephine Baker reincarnator (Martinique/F) 5/95
Leon Rosselson Savage songwriter and satirist, the original English chansonnier (Eng) 2/95, 9/98, 6/01, 1/02
Fergus Rougier Singer-accordionist purveying dark original chanson (Eng) 4/06
Katrina Rublowska Smashing Dish strikes out solo (USA/Eng) 5/99, 9/00, 9/01, 10/02
Dave Russell Wild quirky and surreal takes on life from a genuine original (Eng) 9/97
Louise Rutkowski with the Roland Perrin trio Ex-This Mortal Coil vocalist turned torch singer (Sco/Pol/USA) 6/03

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Howard Samuels Live and Tripping High Octane Cabaret (Eng) 4/97, 2/00
C J Schüler Velvet-voiced Tom Waitsish singer-guitarist goes on a thought parade (Eng) 5/96, 4/98
Peter Scott-Presland (formerly Eric Presland) Playwright, raconteur and interpreter of Weill, Vian and Poulenc (Eng) 6/95, 1/96, 12/96, 7/97, 2/98, 11/98, 9/99, 10/00, 9/01, 6/02, 5/03
Bing Selfish Philosophical glam from solipsistic crooner (Eng) 10/96
Shimal Doing for Turkish music what Rai did for Algerian (Tk/Eng) 7/98
The Shock Exchange Bass, sax and vocal duo mix narrative, insight and improv (Eng) 7/96
Skylarking Five women sing world folk music, jazz and originals a cappella (Eng) 8/96, 100 Club 7/97
Pink Sly Rap, dance and verbal verve (Eng) 10/96, 8/98
Smashing Dishes Tour de force for the naked voice (Eng/USA) 4/98, 3/99
Judge Smith and the Young Offenders Van Der Graaf Generator founder and pilot of Curly's Airships delivers punchy original English chanson (Eng) 10/03
The Smokers Defiant resident band of adult club The Smoker (Eng) 11/96 (as The Fugitives), 6/98
The Speech Painter Loud-shirted performance poetry pioneer remakes King Kong (Eng) 6/96,
2/99

Simon Stewart Intensely melodic and engagingly sultry night café songwriting (Eng) 6/05
Peter Straker Music theatre and cabaret legend and acclaimed Brel interpreter (JA/Eng) 11/04
Alisha Sufit Whimsical, melancholic and powerful chansonnière (Eng) 4/99, 2/02
Swallow and Mackrell Half of Debnstan (qv) and Kangaroo Moon fiddler with potpourri of Balkan, East European and Kletzmer tunes (Eng/Irl) 7/98

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Trio Tabasco Adhoc accordion world extravaganza (Eng) 9/96
Kath Tait Drollery, hilarity and skewed perception from smashing songwriter (NZ/Eng) 11/01 (with Jane Bom-Bane, qv), 3/06 (solo)
The Tallyman's Dark Omnibus Sonorous Scott Walker-influenced chanson with haunting electronic backdrops (Eng) 1/04
Steve Tasane Leading performance poet with a bleeding heart (Eng) 3/95, 4/96, 17/6/96, 12/98, 12/99, 6/01, 2/03, 9/03
François Testory Gainsbourg meets Wilde in four octaves (F) 5/97
Gertrude Thoma German theatre-song and new music theatre specialist: see also Ports of Call (D/Eng) 3/97, 10/98
The Tiger Lillies Accordion-and-falsetto led Brechtian blues trio (Eng) 1/95, 12/95, 100 Club 2/96
Transylvania Mania Wild dance music featuring some of the oldest melodies in Europe (Eng/Alb) 6/95
Christopher Twigg A rich web of words and music (Eng) 6/99

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Bobby Valentino Rich-voiced crooner, fiddler and Clark Gable lookalike (Eng) 4/97
Georgia Varjas Performance poet, saxophonist, slammer and singer (USA/Hung) 8/97

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Grae J Wall and the Young Trash Lovers Cabaret bluegrass with clarinet from deepest Hertfordshire (Eng) 10/96
Kate Westbrook and Mike Westbrook British jazz legends go cabaret (Eng) 12/94, 7/96, 11/98, 4/04

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Alexandra Yaron Authoritative interpreter of 1920s German theatre song and cabaret, Yiddish song and chanson (D/Israel/F) 2/04
Yash Bash Wild Balkan and Eastern-European gypsy jazz (Eng) 2/97
The Yellow Bellies Accordion/percussion/vocal duo Johnny Human and Viv Dogan Corringham (both qv) range from Eastern Europe to Eurhythmics (Eng/Tk) 10/96

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Harry Zevenbergen Poetry and storytelling for punks and pensioners (NL) 6/01
Les Zinc Tulips Sweetvoiced piano/chanteuse duo (F/Eng) 10/96

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