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Exciting news - my new play - All I Want is One Night - is being produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester in June 2016. It's about the French cabaret singer Suzy Solidor, who was also the most painted woman in the world. I'll be performing the role of Solidor. The production will be directed by Sarah Frankcom, and the dates are 15-18 June. Booking details: 


 I had a great night at Crazy Coqs last month with Songs for Paris.   Further cabaret dates include Love is a Drag at Grassington Festival:


And Peace Cabaret at Lichfield Festival in the summer. Booking details:


  I'll be performing in The Rattler, a new opera by Stephen Deazley, for Mahogany Opera Group, starting at the Royal Festival Hall on the 19th March, and then touring throughout the UK until October. One of the tour dates is at the Lichfield Festival, where I will also be performing my new Peace Cabaret programme on the 9th July, accompanied by Joe Atkins.

The CD of The Girl I Left Behind Me recently won the broadway.com award for best new UK cast recording. 

Reviews for my recent performance at the Adelaide Festival  with Gavin Bryars in Mercy and Grand - the Tom Waits project:

Limelight magazine:
Opening dramatically with dynamic tango A Little Drop of Poison, Jess Walker, ahead of the Bryars-led ensemble chiming in on chorus, owned the stage. With maximum sass she performed a cracking selection of Waits/Brennan; these fabulous lyrical tales well told, and consummately performed. -

BWW classical.com: 

Jess Walker slipped effortlessly between the roles of Mezzo Soprano and Hooker from Minneapolis. It was utterly brilliant.

Realtime Magazine 

In this set, Gavin Bryars  introduced us to the superb mezzo soprano Jess Walker who evocatively rendered the tragedy of life that permeates these songs.

A CD of this concert will be released in 2016. Details to follow. 

Other news... 

I spent Summer 2015 as the singer in Caryl  Churchill's The Skriker, in a co-production between The Royal Exchange Theatre and the Manchester International Festival, with new music by Nico Muhly. This has just been recorded for BBC Radio 3, and will be broadcast in March 2016.

The Girl I Left Behind Me has been released as a CD on the Original Cast Recordings label. We recorded it in New York in October. Here's a link to a lovely review of it:


It is currently available to buy or download at the following outlets:







The Girl I Left Behind Me is published by Oberon Books and can be purchased from: http://oberonbooks.com/girl-i-left-behind-me.html

 Mercy and Grand - the Tom Waits Project,  my CD with Opera North and Gavin Bryars, is out now on the GB label, and can be purchased on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007G283S6/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?ref_=tsm_1_fb_lk