Dublin Theatre Festival

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The Tiger Lillies

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Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies are an extraordinary three-piece band with a large international cult following. They are fronted by singer Martyn Jacques, who trained himself as an opera singer with a castrati style voice of heartbreaking beauty, whilst living alone above a strip joint in Soho for seven years.

Accompanied by drummer Adrian Huge, whose appearance was described by David Byrne as "James Joyce on drums", and double bass player Adrian Stout, Jacques plays accordion and sings savage and passionate songs about prostitutes, drug addicts and losers, his voice soaring and growling like a man possessed. Ken Campbell has described him as "the criminal castrati", and with his Dickensian style of dress, long pigtail and bowler hat, his corrosive lyrics and his astonishing voice, all the while singing with his eyes closed, he makes an indelible impression. Jacques sings about life at the bottom of contemporary Britain with the voice of an angel.

The Tiger Lillies are best known for their work on the international smash hit Shockheaded Peter and more recently for their collaboration with the Kronos Quartet on a collection of songs based on the work of Edward Gorey.

"The Tiger Lillies sing songs of savage beauty that drip with the pains and passions of the dispossessed and disillusioned"
The Guardian

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