Dark & deviant

The Tiger Lillies
The Tiger Lillies

Conjuring up the macabre magic of pre-war Berlin and fusing it with a savage edge of punk, The Tiger Lillies are perhaps not for those faint of heart, writes Sammy Jones.

But their self-confessed dark, deviant theatrics lured us into their web of wonder a long time ago, and if you let them, they’ll ensnare you, too.

And ladies and gentlemen, the Godfathers of alternative cabaret are bringing their hypnotic selves back to The Stables in Wavendon on Wednesday evening.

Charismatically sinister frontman Martyn Jacques will lead the pack for a night of terrible-dom. After all, this tour is titled The Very Worst of The Tiger Lillies.

The terrifyingly terrific have a superfan in the shape of Simpsons creator Matt Groening, who even commissioned the band to perform the show’s theme song for an episode.

Join the deviants and monstrous musical moments including Bully Boy and Banging in the Nails (which has absolutely nothing to do with DIY), after 8pm.

While they entertain in the Jim Marshall auditorium, Stage 2 will be lost in music with Irish singer-songwriter Eleanor McEvoy.

Only standing tickets remain to see the best-selling artist at play.

“I walk into a single pool of light. The stage is set with my Telecaster electric, acoustic guitar, violin, piano and a small amp,” she told me.

“What follows is the ALONE show. Singing, talking, anecdotes and playing using my own songs and my interpretations of different writers. At the end of the night, the audience is uplifted. My name is Eleanor McEvoy – this is what I do.”

Also still booking at the venue in the coming week:

Tomorrow night, Echo & the Bunnymen frontman Ian McCulloch will be on stage with a rare solo performance comprising stripped down versions of classic Bunnymen tracks and songs from his own solo catalogue.

On Stage 2 tomorrow, you’ll hear the sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing that belongs to Kit Holmes.

Blues driven roots and a soul sensibility is promised.

Still trading off the back of numbers like Milk and Alcohol (not that we begrudge ‘em any), Dr Feelgood will play on Saturday night.

Ace pianist Melvyn Tan arrives for a Sunday afternoon show bringing pieces by Bach, Field andChopin into the weekend consciousness.

BAFTA-nominee Richard Digance plays in the evening.

There are no gimmicks, no support acts and no add-ons.

Digance does two hours with just his guitar and a treasure chest of stories, gathered over four decades in the business.

Alt-folk duo The Portraits will be live on Stage 2.

The husband and wife team will be joined at the show by Minnie Birch and her ‘sad music to make you happy.’

Fresh Cream will pay tribute to the original Cream on Tuesday evening, and if anyone can play Strangebrew, I Feel Free and Sunshine of Your Love with a certain belief, it’s the late Jack Bruce’s son, Malcolm.

Will Johns – son of producer Andy Johns, and drummer Chris Page complete the trio.

On Stage 2, The Carrivick Sisters and Cardboard Fox will sate ears seeking bluegrass and folk .

Call 01908 280800 to book.