What's happening...



My new cabaret, Forbidden Love, plays at the Omnibus Theatre London's LGBT Festival on the 8th February. MD Joe Atkins. Booking at:


After a sell-out night at last year's Crazy Coqs, pianist Joe Atkins and I are back for their French Festival, with a new cabaret, L'Amour et La Mort, on the 6th March. Booking at:


My new play - All I Want is One Night - produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester and directed by Sarah Frankcom, comes to Wilton's Music Hall London from the 26th June to the 1st July 2017, having played an initial run in Manchester in Summer 2016. It's about the French cabaret singer Suzy Solidor, who was also the most painted woman in the world. It  Booking is not yet open, so watch this space... Here is a link to a lovely review in The Stage:


2016 was a year of cabaret, with Love is a Drag at Grassington Festival and Peace Cabaret at Lichfield Festival. One Life to Live, an anti-work cabaret was part of the Wellcome Hub's final exhibition, then there was an afternoon cabaret for St Andrew's Voices, taking in a century of popular song, and a reprisal of Love is a Dragat the St James Theatre Studio.  

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