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Wave Hello to 2018!! Pleased to meet you!! [Dec. 31st, 2017|12:49 pm]
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As we say goodbye to 2017 and wave hello to 2018 there is something I'd like to share...

All my life I have burnt the candle at both ends. It has been bright and spectacular but since it met in the middle a couple of years or so ago with fibromyalgia and CFS I have been learning to pace myself and burn incrementally less often in order to keep the bright light going.

So far it's working. So although I have been picky and choosy about where and when I have performed in 2017 so I've had less gigs, the time I have spent doing all of them has been quality and utterly fantastic and I've ended the year with a MAHOOSIVE wonderful time hosting the entire Exeter Steampunk Yule Ball and having over EIGHT THOUSAND VIEWS on an hour long FACEBOOK LIVE Halloween special - which is now on YouTube.

Clicky clicky!! https://youtu.be/MCWvOTnCXdY

Advice to the many performers out there who battle chronic pain and fatigue... it's not how much you do. It's what you do that counts. Don't break yourselves!!

Thankyou to everyone who has booked me and supported me and been there all year.

Next year is a year of focussing on recording and making new music releases... I won't be a complete hermit and I'll still be taking some bookings... I'm aiming for just as productive as 2017 but also more creative retreat.

Watch this space!!

Or my YouTube with highlights from the Yule Ball and a crazy new action song from Phoenix Alternative Festival back in August;)

Happy New Year!! Xxx

Do Your Gears Hang Low? https://youtu.be/pKsE2akBquY

Some Pictorial Highlights of 2017:

Shhh Burlesque at The Brewhouse Theatre, Bridgwater.

Frome Steampunk Extravaganza.

An hour in Ilfracombe at the Victorian Steampunk Weekend.

Phil Fest at The Nowhere.

Exeter Cavern taken on black and white film with The Wattingers.

Late Friday Night Cabaret with Jezebel Steele, hosting the Saturday Steam Train ride with my ukulele and the GASP Radio stage on Sunday afternoon.

Scaredy Acts at Annabels.

An hour long Halloween Dead in Session live special.

Performing and compering the Exeter Steampunk Yule Ball.

That moment onstage with The Gaslight Troubadours during which I gave birth to the severed head of Donald Trump...


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Future Songs [Jul. 15th, 2017|02:49 pm]
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You may have noticed MVT gigging less this year. This is pretty much due to the fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue (M.E) and it seems even once a month means I don't have any reserves left to actually record more schtufs either.

I would like to be recording more schtufs for your aural assault as i have at least two albums in my head to do already so may drop from monthly giggage to quarterly next year, like the gas bill. Or even take a year out so that I can focus on recording them. See how it goes.

I'm not dropping MVT totally after Christmas but I need to pace myself more and do new things.

What say you?

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Bother. It's already February. Apologies for the hiatus. [Feb. 4th, 2017|03:03 pm]
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I haven't posted since August last year. I have missed the traditional end of year summary on account of being ill for 3 weeks with the Queen's Cough and I have been generally rubbish at the Blogosphere.

Sorry. There has been a lack of communication for several reasons. One of them being I have mostly been rubbish with online schtuf. 2016 wasnt the best year for many people and it kindof hit me too. It wasn't the worst year though and I kept up with Facebook but not with blogging.

Additionally I was busy with gigs and werk and parenting plus learning how to manage chronic pain and fatigue...

SO I've reduced the amount I am gigging to once a month and only more if I can manage it.

This doesn't mean Miss Von Trapp is in decline, although I have turned 42 so clearly the end is nigh and I haven't yet discovered the meaning of life either...

...but it means that I am becoming LIMITED EDITION.

When you do see me I will be more firecracker and less frazzled hausfrau. More of a personality figure for hosting and stuff as well as the musical dark comedy. That's the plan.

My candle burns at both ends and all that. You know the Millay quote and, if not, Google it.

Either way, expect to see me busy in 2017... but pacing myself!! Beginning on the 18th February at The Brewhouse in Taunton which I'm very much looking forward to.

Please check http://www.missvontrapp.com for gig dates.

Happy New Year!!

Btw, my favourite pictures from last year are below playing as The Wattinger Trapp. An awesome collaboration for Yule and I got my bass guitar out too!!

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Year so far and what's to come... [Aug. 21st, 2016|04:10 pm]
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25th February 2016: Black Books: The Word, The China House, Plymouth. Pioneering poetry and new songs... with no clown paint!!

19th March  2016: Musical Madam's Mixtape, International Women's Day, Exeter Phoenix. Snow White post wedding vents her marriage and parenting angst. With a new ukulele song "Love I'll tear you Apart".

24th - 26th June 2016: Airship Northstar, Ford and Etal Estate, Northumberland. 10 miles from Scotland marring a beautiful location with a gruesome music hall singalong.

9th July 2016: Tavistock Edge Fringe Festival, Tavistock, Devon.
Singing in the rain!

12th - 14th August  2016: Phoenix Alternative Festival, Llanfyllin Workhouse, Powys, Mid Wales. Half an hour with Have a Pie and more on the Friday night then a Singalong Steam Train VIP Trip Saturday morning plus singing with the Dark Design in the evening and a slot in the late night cabaret.

Still to come:
3rd September 2016: Steaminster, Warminster Athanaeum, Wiltshire, with The Wattingers and The Filthy Spectacula.

9th September 2016: Madame Fandango's Vertigo Vaudeville, Sound Nightclub, Penzance, Cornwall.

25th September 2016: Black Books, Union Street Party, Plymouth Art Weekender.

28th October 2016: Frome Frightfest, Silk Mill, Frome, Somerset.

5th November 2016: Reserved, TBA

3rd December 2016: Private Party

10th December 2016: Steampunk Pirate Yule Ball, Exeter Phoenix

18th February TBA... watch this space!

For more photographic evidence and informations check http://www.facebook.com/missvontrapp

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2016 is just around the corner... [Dec. 30th, 2015|05:36 pm]
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I have had a tremendous year. So busy that I didn't even finish my October blog post. It was such a completely mahvellous whirlwind of events over the whole year crammed in between parenting and werk that I have got this far and am now feeling a bit broken. Been at it hammer and tongs for a whole year and not stopped for a proper rest.

I have travelled and not slept and had fantastic shows with fantastic people almost non stop since last February. Just look at my gig schedule on http://www.missvontrapp.com... And read all about it in my previous blog posts on here!!

So many highlights so here's just a few off the top of my head: MorecambeSteampunks, Annual Einsturzende Neubaten Party at Electrowerkz, Decodanse in London with Joe Black and Marcella Puppini and more... and Phoenix Alternative Festival in Llanfyllin with Doctor and The Medics and Shocktober and Yule and and and... many many mahvellous others... All of them really. Loved every moment!!

And 2015 was also the year I turned down Britain's Got Talent.  They really really wanted me with mobile numbers and meetups arranged but I just didn't want to do it. Have been busy enough this year and I already have a mahvellous audience without adding television into it... and signing my soul away to Simon Cowell.

It was also the year I was sculpted as a mini metal figurine by Oakbound Studio  as part of their Legends of British Steampunk  collection. How cool is that? Preserved in lead for eternity!! Plus you can buy me...

October found me doing SEVEN SHOWS in the space of less than four weeks - which was incredible if not a bit crazy.   And lots of compering in two of them and duetting with Kiss Like Ether at one of the shows. My audiences have been incredible also over the whole year for which i am eternally grateful. It can be a bit lonely onstage on yer own with your legs wrapped round your instrument.... I love you all!!

And then there was Yule...I had an hour long singalong workshop where I trialled new material for children over 10 and grown ups - and will be on the next album - and duetted with the Mysterious Freakshow and Professor Elemental. It was an absolutely incredible experience. Yes I only had 3 hours sleep before werk the next day but it was completely worth every minute. Just look at these awesome photos...

Wearing a new sparkly top hat made by Penny Bizarre, my Childcatcher coat made by Lilly Laudanum and corsetry from All woman corsets. Photo by Paul Ligas Photography.

Duetting with The Mysterious Freakshow. Photo (c) A&E photography.

Duetting with Professor Elemental. Always a highlight of the Yule Ball. Image copyright Paul Ligas Photography.

And finally I get to the end of the year and a stupid photo taken on the way to work makes it into the local paper. And it's about right. I don't think I'm in Kansas anymore. And I want those shoes...


So what's next in Miss Von Trapp world?

2016 promises more cabaret and steampunk festival shows, a prospect of much more compering, an Airship Trip to Northumberland, a ride on a steam train... and also much needed quality time to focus on new material for a couple of albums I have in progress so i am limiting my October schedule. I want to record and release Nursery Crimes and also a MASSIVE Christmas album.  And more collaborations. They're always fun.

And I'm going to be 42 in June. I might even discover the meaning of life...

Goodbye 2015. You were mahvellous. Looking forward to the New Year! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

All my love and gratitude for your support in 2015!

Miss Von Trapp xxxx

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I an busy. 4 gigs down, 3 to go. [Oct. 28th, 2015|08:41 am]
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(C) Celtography


Thank you Ian Squires :)

Halfway. .. :D

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Heeere's OCTOBER! [Sep. 30th, 2015|05:44 pm]
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Exaccerly what it says on the gig list picture thingy... [Aug. 20th, 2015|07:36 pm]
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[Location |On my lap and keyboard.]
[Mood |incatpacitated]
[Music |I tawt I taw a Puddy Tat]

Even less for Halloween. And I am going to be so very broken. Inna good way.

A Children's Workshop?!! I hear you say? Yes indeed! And keep a close eye on that Professor Elemental in the evening...

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Massive Blog Catchup Part Two: Mid June to August (Phew!) [Aug. 20th, 2015|07:35 pm]
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[Location |sofa]
[Mood |exhaustedexhausted]
[Music |Bauhaus - She's In Parties]

And so it continued...

Toward the end of June, we had the Rogues Gallery Tour visiting Brixham Theatre in the pretty little fishing port of the same name where I bought a Ken Rogers tricycle the year before...  It was hot, it was humid. It was weather - not just the atmosphere in the dressing room... and equally so onstage under the lights... I had the honour of gracing the stage with The Mysterious Freakshow once again for a duet of Alone (that's TWICE TICKED!) and also for a short set of my own material which went down tremendously well amongst performances from GurdyBird, Cherry V'edore, Marc Lobb, Angelique Dominique, Luna L'amour, The Copperfield Ensemble Project, Lord DaDa and more all compered by the ever capable Fantastic Ms Fanny. What a mahvellous audience!

I'm not alooooone....

Think that's me doing Favourite Things. Not sure.

And then also in June (i think) I played the Tavistock Edge Fringe Festival in St Eustachius Church Graveyard.  A beautiful setting and a beautiful audience who were in fine lungs and joined me for 45 minutes of family friendly singalong material.  I LOVE YOU!!

And then...

Up to Wanstrow for their first ever Steampunk Gathering - which was a huge success! Again, I played a 30 minute set which went down very well, and had a lot of fun with The Wattingers and Kiss Like Ether - who were extremely very brilliant and I am looking forward to performing with again...

Also I lost at tea duelling (but I only did it for a free cuppa) and compered the evening and hosted the raffle. Which seemed to take a looong time with a very deep top hat full of tickets.  Brilliant fun and I hope to do it again next year.

Here's me being an idiot in selfie mode with Martin Wattinger and Kiss Like Ether...

And here's me in full flow. Probably a clotted cream moment.

Oh yes and now we are nearly caught up...

Except that this last weekend I have had masses of fun inna field in Wales at Phoenix Alternative Festival. There was music from so many good people that I can't name all of them but: Daniel Malheur, BB Blackdog, Birthrite, The King Bains, The Wattingers, GurdyBird, The Copperfield Ensemble Project, Red Ruff, Metropolis, Lord Montague Jacques Fromage: Steampunkfunk Bizarre, The Dark Design, Experimental Sonic Machines, Driven Serious, The Big Fibbers and more... There was burlesque and performance from Titi Von Tranz, Jezebel Steele, Juul and La Dutchessa, Scarlett Butterfly and more... There was the Time Travelling Tea Tent, a costume competition, parasol duelling, Star Wars Steampunk'd... So much to do and see...

And I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many many people and also the bar with the others.  I played both stages and made lots of new fiends and quality time with long term old fiends as well.  Much gin was drunk, much silliness was had, much sleep was lacked...

I performed in the Late Night Cabaret Show after Doctor and the Medics on Saturday night, then I was up partying till 4am and failed to sleep and then a 1.30pm show on the main stage the following afternoon which went down brilliantly...

It was the best holidah I have had in ages and I AM GOING BACK NEXT YEAR. Oh Yes!

Here's me in the bar at stupid o'clock in the morning with Lord Montague Jacques Fromage III and that Clive chappy from Doctor and the Medics. Oops.

And GurdyBird tooting at me caught on an actual polaroid camera!

If you want more pictures to nosey through and whatnot go and have a look at http://www.facebook.com/missvontrapp where I have very sensibly put everything into albums with everything in.

Go on. You know you want to.

Next post... future plans for the year.

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Massive Catchup Part One: Merry May to Mid June... [Aug. 20th, 2015|07:31 pm]
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The Merry Month of May continued (after The Wattingers and I broke Crouch End on the 2nd) with me hosting a cemetery tour and performing at a church mission fundraiser all on the same day just a week later... Needless to say I did not lose anyone into freshly dug graves and even managed to eat vast quantities of MASSIVE Battenburg in the evening after I had performed.

I would call that a success...

Then later in the same month I travelled the furthest I have travelled for a gig yet. Plymouth to Morecambe with The Copperfield Ensemble Project for A Splendid Day Out Weekender and the evening masked ball!

As you can see from the photo above, not only did I perform a rollicking good 45 minute set with Have A Pie as an encore, but I added ANOTHER BAND TO MY PERFORMER WISHLIST - after Professor Elemental of course. Twice.  And The Wattingers earlier this year in March.

This time it was The Copperfield Ensemble Project.

I stood in for Hannah on cello for them and played another 45 minutes (with gaps) sight reading her music as she couldn't come. It was a lot of fun... after which I finally got round to eating my dinner at midnight with a few gins to wash it down - as you can tell from the group photo of me and some of The Copperfield Ensemble Project below. Oops.

Not long after Morecambe, along came June. Funny that. With my 41st birthday on the 9th and a jolly good excuse to celebrate it on the 13th...

Crouch End DecoDanse, Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre. Hosted by Dis Charge and performances from Marcella Puppini, Joe Black, Velma Von Bon Bon, Fifi Croissant, Oh Carolina, Arran Shurvinton, ME, Carmen Monoxide, The Mysterious Freakshow AND The Copperfield Ensemble Project...

IT WAS MAHVELLOUS. I went there and back onna first class train with my muse and had an awful lot of fun with a brilliant audience. It was completely sold out and they were having to turn people away sadly so I do hope we can do it again for those who missed such an entertaining evening.

And I got to perform inna show with Joe Black and Marcella Puppini who were also on my wishlist AND do not one but two duets with The Mysterious Freakshow.


As you can see above, it was quite crowded in the dressing room so not everybody got into the photo. Bother.

Below is an excellent shot taken by my muse... which perfectly expresses my views on the current election results. But was actually a shot of the end of the worm song. It's my new favourite picture.

And this was barely the beginning of June, being only the 13th... More shenanigans and band wishlists IN THE NEXT POST.


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The need for Positive Change: Turning anger into action... [May. 11th, 2015|06:43 pm]
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Realistically. All this anger at the current government and sharing things with disgust on facebook is getting us nowhere. Right now I am feeling more than a little powerless with it all.  So what can we sensibly do about it over the next five years?

We can start by clearing up our own backyard so to speak. The world may be an ashtray but if every individual keeps their own corner spotless it won't be half as grubby. Be positive. Be optimistic. Do our best and utmost to support and look after our friends and family and everyone we meet as we travel through life... Lead by example. Love our fellow men and women. Consider the wider impact of our words and actions. Shine as an individual and it will have a knock on effect with others.

If we can all do this then with hope things will change. Do what you can when you can and Be Most Excellent To Each Other.

We have five years to turn around the anger and apathy of our society. Five years to get people engaged and burning for positive change...

And I think before anyone incites people to get into political protest we have to address fundamentally the apathy and blame culture this society has developed.  Value people as individuals. As human beings. Not just political statistics. We had the result we had largely because people no longer feel they have an impact so didn't bother voting.

Everyone has an impact. Even in the ocean. Not just small ponds. But you have to start somewhere and giving people value and helping people to not feel worthless is the starting point for everyone.

Doesn't help me any with getting hauswerk done but politically I am more motivated thinking this than constantly dwelling on all the current misery. Dwelling on the negative doesn't get things changed. Action does.  Plus finding dark humour in things helps. Writing those Frozen parodies the other day got a bit of it out cathartically ;)

And on the subject of mass media? Ah the great engine of propaganda!  Four legs good two legs baaad! ! think that comes to basically educating people at ground level not to believe everything they read or see. Educating people to form their own ideas from all aspects. But let's tackle the disillusionment of the masses first and get people actively supporting each other...

It boils down to this:

A person cannot even begin to consider politics or policies if they are unable to feed or clothe their family. If they are on their own in a sinking ship they will drown. If, on the other hand, a friend is able to help with the daily grind and sort them for food and clothes or whatever then they will have the freedom to turn their minds to other matters. Enabling people! Motivation!!  ...and politics cannot come before that.

We all need to be that friend to everyone. It's all very well entertaining thoughts of running away and living in a Kibbutz right now but we already live in one and it's called Earth. Yes I am an idealistic hippy but it's true...

Use your talents. Those in a position to take action should be doing just that. Be part of the community action. Talk to people. Talk to MPs. First and foremost though - remember to look after and support your fellow man.

Actions speak louder than words or rhetoric. Be awesome.

For the want of a nail the battle will NOT be lost.

So its time to light a fire and let your little light shine!!

Love you all xxxxx

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Miss Von Trapp does London TWICE with Plymouth inbetween... [May. 6th, 2015|06:18 pm]
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Yes! Two weekends inna row!!

Electrowerkz London - Whitleigh Plymouth - Crouch End London again!! And with werk inbetween... AND I am still alive.

Stupendous. The Friday before last I played at the Annual Einsturzende Neubaten Party at Electrowerkz.  I got the train from home at 10.44am, was in Lahndan at 2pm and onstage somewhere around midnight. It was hella busy on account of the Marathon. And so was I...

Had a sound check around teatime and met N.U Unruh from the band Einsturzende Neubaten who was absolutely lovely and sorted my sound and lighting plus was the perfect host with rider and everything. After other awesome acts doing a song each (Roi. M. Cabaret and Mauricio were brilliant) I played and sang my own cello interpretations of 'The Garden', 'Wuste' with Vera accompanying me on my daughter's rainstick and contrapuntal english/german spoken word... and then 'How Did I Die?'. Vera joined me on the end of that one with a clunky tin saucepan percussion.  It went down very incredibly well. Super happy me. Though now I can sing in german I really must learn it as a language...

And then I joined my friends Vera and Nick as the headline band straight after who couldn't decide on a name. Code Plain I think we ended up as... performing 12305te Nacht, Silence is Sexy (in which I clowned annoyance with a newspaper) and Was Ist Ist.

It was lots of fun and went fantastically well and at 5.30am we finally left the dressing room and I found my way across London on the night bus to Paddington without having slept for a 7am train.

But I forgot to take any photos myself.  So those below are me on the train, the T-shirt N.U kindly gave me as a gift and my pre-show selfie.

I got home at midday and slept for an hour and a half then went to perform at Whitleigh Green for a St Georges Day event. Family friendly ish for half an hour. More fun even though it was raining. A lot!!

And so a week went by when I was back at werk and also rehearsing like crazy for a 45 minute set at Hornsey Town Hall Arts Centre on the next (last) Saturday.

I left in the rain with The Wattingers at 10am and arrived in Crouch End in the sun at 3pm. How The Wattingers managed to NOT kill me all weekend I have no idea as my conversation topics are often very strange... For example: do you rot in space?

We found our way to the B&B and then to the venue... Hornsey Town Hall is a beautiful, if somewhat dilapidated and being done up, piece of 1920s architecture that gets used by the BBC a lot due to everything inside and out being original. You will have seen it on Whitechapel for starters.  And the room we were in was no exception. Kitted out with cabaret seating, a bar, stage and chandeliers... and the lovely blue tiles on the pillars matched my hair. It was stunning.

The people there were all mahvellous. It was clear how passionate they are about getting the building in use and how much they loved us as performers. Even the biggest heckler in London banned by Jimmy Carr (so he says) saved ALL my GIFT words as I threw them and was a fantastic member of the audience and greatly encouraging - one of us was a bad influence on the other and am not sure which but was a whole lot of fun. I have a number one London fan now hehe...

Sharon, our host, was welcoming and lovely,  and I met so many enthusiastic people and had so much great conversation that I cannot wait to be back in June... but I digress. Good at that.

My 45 minutes set was very well received going from my dark versions of early music hall and grave folk through to my cabaret rewrites and I even had an encore - so I played Murder/Fever. Always risky with the Myra Hindley verse but I got away with it.  And then I had a gin and tonic. And a couple of beers. Or three. And enjoyed The Wattingers set, which is always great fun. And joined them onstage with the cello for a song at the end of the show.

Following which there was a mahvellous steampunk dj set from Raliel and then it was midnight suddenly. And then for some reason I found myself wandering Crouch End with Martin Wattinger and Ren in search of chicken.  As you do. Then the women in the police station next door kept me awake in the early hours screaming like a girls hockey team and blowing their whistles at the 5am boxing match.

And then suddenly it was breakfast time. And we filled up on toast, eggs and too much coffee and journeyed home. Nice steady drive thanks to stalwart Martin Wattinger. Lovely clouds and then the rain set in just past Bristol.

I am going back to London very very soon. I feel like a proper Londoner now. I have an Oyster card and everything and a superbly welcoming audience. But first,  a local church gig, Volksfest,  and a road trip to Morecambe.

See you on June 13th!! And thankyou for having me you capital dwellers of the Capital :Dxxx

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Upcoming gigs and some posters! [Apr. 13th, 2015|03:03 pm]
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Feel free to share!

Working like mad for this one...

And then have this the very next day... Vaudeville Music Hall family singalong at 4pm!

Followed by a road trip to Morecambe...

Then this just 4 days after my birthday (hint) with Joe Black, Velma Von Bon Bon, The Copperfield Ensemble,  The Mysterious Freakshow and more...

And a trip to the lovely seaside town of Brixham!!

All links to tickets and further details can be found on http://www.missvontrapp.com

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How did it get to April already?! [Apr. 12th, 2015|02:48 pm]
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I am asking myself this very question as I sit struggling to type with a cat getting in the way... husband watching cycling on eurosport and my daughter watching Frozen videos on youtube. My daily life is SO exciting *cough*  I have been busy enough already notwithstanding easter school holiday activities and werk schtuf and we are a quarter of the way through the year! Argh!!

Here are some photographic highlights of the year so far... and a second post will follow (probably tomorrow) with what's coming next...

So in February I performed in Taunton for Hoots and Hooters Anti-valentine.  Hosted by the one and only Dis Charge, it was a mahvellous evening with outstanding performances from many including Screaming Keating and Ophelia Wilde. I had a fantastic time and it started the year off nicely.

The lovely Dis Charge and myself...

Then I got to rehearsing with The Wattingers for a guest appearance with them at the Rogues Gallery at the Barnfield Theatre in March. It was ruddy brilliant to be playing with them and we went down a storm.

And yes, that is a Norman Bates Mother outfit I am wearing. It seemed fitting but the wig didn't lol

After my set with The Wattingers I did my 'thing', subjecting a highly appreciative audience to Tragic Moments, The Worm Song and Everytime We Say Goodbye... (You Die A Little) Many thanks to virtualimage.org.uk for the photos.

Next up, and my most recent gig was at the end of March at PCQ Arts Black Books poetry evening. I had the pleasure of jamming with Jimmy Appudurai-chua in the break, playing the Funeral March when Richard James jokes hit tumbleweed and then about half an hour of my own material.

With GIFTS obviously,  but as it was a Poetry evening it was nice to air some newer material and some of my performance poetry too. Thanks for having me :)

And yesterday I spent time in Beliefspace Studio doing some backing vocals for my sister Lena Smith's new EP...

So the next gig I am playing is imminent on April 24th. And i am spending EVERY evening working on it. I have been asked to perform three interpretations of songs by Einsturzende Neubaten for the annual party organised by N.U. Unruh - the drummer of the band.

I shall be performing The Garden, Wuste, and How Did I Die using just cello and voice - and a fiend on some invented percussion. Treating it much like I do my sound poetry so it's going to be a lot of fun. No pressure but it's a BIG EVENT at Electrowerkz London. Do come and see me :D

I have to be back in Plymouth the next day to perform at a family St Georges Day event so I hope I will not be too broken...

My next post will contain posters and info of upcoming gigs for the rest of the year xxx

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Say Hello 2015, Wave Goodbye 2014!! Here's to the next adventure!! [Dec. 31st, 2014|04:32 pm]
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By the time you are reading this it will probably be 2015...


I will have probably watched almost all of Jools Holland's Hootenanny with a measure of gin sloshed in my Lemsip and maybe have kissed one of my three cats at midnight since my husband will be out gigging and my daughter hopefully asleep...

But this is all speculation and it will be a New Year tomorrow. And another day. And I will be planning on spending the morning sitting in a café drinking coffee and counting all the broken people with an air of satisfaction. Or at least checking my Facebook...

So we are due a roundup of 2014. And what a year!!

I did:

17 gigs in 10 months! - January and August off ;)
Released another album in August!
Compered shows!
Another Steampunk Yule Ball duet with Professor Elemental!
Had Standing Ovations!
Had masses and masses of fun and plenty of gin!
And radio play on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6, local stations and internet stations!

It's been MAHVELLOUS!!

I could go into lengthy breakdowns of every month but this blog already does that... Highlights have been many but it was a real pleasure to have lots of gigs in Exeter and Cornwall with lovely Steampunk Fiends and festivals and poetry nights and brilliant burlesque shows in Devon and Somerset and oh so many Favourite Things...

ALL OF IT!!  I couldn't pick a single thing!!


(Go read back a bit while I sip my gin spiked Lemsip...)


Hell Yes!!

And what does 2015 have in store?

Firstly, January off from gigging but lots of practice for the first two shows of the season...

Then I will be in Taunton on the 13th February 2015 for anti-valentine... ONLY SEVEN WEEKS AWAY!!

And then back in my favouritest theatre in the world on March 7th 2015. Look out for me in The Wattingers set amidst my own bit and some other clowning...

It's promising to be a fantastic year already and I am EVEN GOING PAST BRISTOL in 2015... All the way to Morecambe in Lancashire for A Splendid Steampunk Weekend. Huzzah!!

Do keep checking on the dotcom for gig dates and ticket links as I have bookings up as far as July currently and do have a mahvellous New Year!

Kiss a cat for me at midnight, won't you?

MVT xxxx

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And so The Steampunk Yule Ball was THE PERFECT end to 2014!! [Dec. 24th, 2014|06:59 pm]
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I don't know where to begin...

The Steampunk Yule Ball was an unbridled success with 500 or so beautifully dressed Steampunkers going between two main rooms at the Exeter Phoenix and the bar and the market and everywhere...

It was packed. It was heaving. It was glorious. And I'm not just referring to my bosom in its corsetry...

Downstairs we had such fantastic performers as Birthrite, BB BlackDog,  Lord Montague Jacques Fromage,  The Mysterious Freakshow and Professor Elemental, expertly compered by the lovely Monty JF himself...

Upstairs we had the mahvellous GurdyBird,  ME, The Wattingers and Fantastic Ms Fanny with a special guest appearance as Jack The Ripper by Betty Boom Boom.  It was epic and I had an amazing time sharing the compering with Ms Fanny. Uproarious it was indeed...

There was no room to move in the audience. At all. A HUGE room totally packed out with people even sitting squeezed on the floor at the front and hanging through the doorway!! My half hour (ish - oops) went down fantastically and I had a awesome audience. Loved every minute!!

You can see my ENTIRE Christmas Carol Carnage set on my YouTube along with the now traditional duet with Professor Elemental: Baby It's Cold Outside...

Christmas Carol Carnage 2014: http://youtu.be/BkBRW6X9Rao

... which was SPLENDID!!

This link is JUST THE DUET: Miss Von Trapp and Professor Elemental LIVE: http://youtu.be/mEblp5yvZFc

The evening ended with Jack the Ripper burlesque performed by Fantastic Ms Fanny and Betty Boom Boom... This is me (above) demonstrating to the burly virgins how to woop and holler...

And much shenanigans and craziness was had by all... As you can see above, Fey Pink from The Mysterious Freakshow,  The Gaslight Troubadours, The Professor and myself had a bit of a selfie moment... probably around 1.30 in the morning!!

Or possibly later if you look at the running order below...

And I had a spectacularly splendid time. My half hour set was brilliant, all the performers and the audience and the venue and EVERYTHING was brilliant too. Thankyou Exeter for being so amazing!! And many thanks to all the performers for being so lovely and Fey for inviting me and Fleur for driving me home...

And I got home just after 2am, I had just about 2 hours sleep and had to be up at 5am and go into werk to manage my team. Broken wasn't the word but I still lasted out until 8.30 in the evening on pure adrenalin as I took my daughter on the Santa Train...

And now it's CHRISTMAS! ! And I am barely recovered but excitedly looking forward to new events in 2015 with my wonderful Steampunk fiends.



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Shocktober Part the Third! [Nov. 23rd, 2014|01:14 pm]
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Shocktober continued after Shhh Burlesque's Halloween Spooktacular and onward into November!

Here are some photographic highlights for your enjoyment...

First up was Mrs Lovett compering the Burlesque in the Basement's Fraudeville Friday! It took three different and increasing sizes of gin bottle to demonstrate the woop and holler at the start of the show...

And at the start of the second half, Mrs Lovett performed an impromptu Have A Pie burlesque routine, which was a lot of fun - look on my YouTube under 'live shows' or here: http://youtu.be/YrzTTbKa-gA  ...as well as finishing off with a new song!

It was a fantastic show to compere and a pleasure to be a part of. I love you BITB Crew!!

The very next night I was off to Club Rainbow at the Rainbow Hotel in Torquay to perform two fifteen minute sets. Always a pleasure to perform there - wonderful staff and great backstage atmosphere anf as ever such a mahvellously appreciative audience!

They loved my new material (A Mother's Lament and Every Time We Say Goodbye) and were in splendid voice for both halves... I went as Miss Havisham again wearing the flower that had been thrown onstage at the Shhh Burlesque show.

Following which, I was invited to Armadacon 2014 to provide the end of round incidental cello music for the tea-duelling.  Naturally I went as Missy - the regenerated female Master from Doctor Who...

And had a MAHOOSIVE amount of fun playing the Only Connect music, Countdown, the Imperial March, Jaws and much more on the cello...

Missy even beat her favourite Doctor at tea-duelling! He was very gentlemanly about it and I ate a whole bag of jelly babies... and was interviewed for BBC Radio Two. I had the chap with the microphone singing along with the worm song... Oops.
Me! On the radio again!! :D

And then I finally finished up my batshit crazy Shocktober month with a birthday performance at Tiki Bar for my favourite burly lady: Miss Kitty Kane.

As you can tell it was busy busy busy for the whole of October and onward into November... a grand total of SEVEN gigs... and taken up three blog posts...

And then there was the Steampunk Yule Ball still to go which I shall reserve a whole separate blog post for...

And a duet on the cards with Professor Elemental again. Most splendid! More later :Dxxx

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Halfway (haunted?) Halloween Haus... [Oct. 29th, 2014|02:16 pm]
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Halfway through my Shocktober Halloween month and it's not even actual Halloween yet and two more shows to go!!

After Rogues Gallery at The Barnfield Theatre on the 11th there was a 10 day break before Waterfront Writers Halloween Open Mic on the 21st. It was a small and intimate audience and a very appreciative one who really enjoyed my half hour set plus an end 15 mins which included the new version of Butterflies - which I had only written the night before. It went down marvellously!  You can listen here:


Then that very Friday 24th I was off to Shhh Burlesque's Halloween Spooktacular in Bridgwater.  I had a brilliant time sharing the stage with Jacques Bruxelles,  Missy Malone,  Poppy Raine, Oceana Pearl and Didi Curve and Honey Holiday. The audience were fantastic and i had so much fun backstage it was very hard to be quiet in the wings. We were all dying of laughter watching the amazing acts!

I wore my Catrina Havisham outfit again - the skirt was the only reason I had to take a suitcase on the train lol - and did two 15 minute sets which went down brilliantly!

Yesterday I spent time at Momentum Studios putting some cello on a friends song which will be played on BBC Introducing on Radio 6 and today I am mostly preparing for my stint as a Compere from Beyond at Burlesque in the Basement's Fraudeville...

This Friday, Trick or Treaters, I shall be Mrs Lovett. Welcome to my gin and pie parlour...

And the next night I am in Torquay,  Club Rainbow for their Halloween Spectacular on 1st November. Fun fun fun!

And then a couple more impromptu gigs and I shall go flop. And start working on my Christmas material for 13th December and also go back to the day job of training the Christmas temps at werk. Me, 80 half asleep people and a PowerPoint.  Can't wait! !

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Shocktober begins with a bang!! (A Rogue Review and whatnot) [Oct. 16th, 2014|06:13 pm]
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You stand waiting in the wings. Awful thoughts rush through your head every time like "if I ran away now, would it matter?", "I need another wee", "what if it all goes horribly wrong" and "I remember how Tommy Cooper died"...

And then it's your time. And out you go to stand in front of your audience. And they remind you why you are there. You love it. They love it. And the rush is so incredible it doubles the strength of your post-show gin and tonic.


And what a mahvellous and receptive audience I had at the Barnfield Theatre last Saturday. I could already tell by the raucous applause from the first half that when I went on at the start of the second, it was going to be good.

In the first half, and listening to the show relay from the dressing room, Cerys Nelmes had the appreciative audience on her SIDe, the burlesque from Luna L'amour, Angelique Dominique and Fantastic Ms Fanny had whoops and hollers in all the right places, GurdyBird had everyone clapping along, and The Copperfield Ensemble had a Steampunk March on the go that would have even raised the dead.

When I went out in my 'lost en route to Grandma's house' costume and Old Scratchy in my hand, they were already well warmed up and ready for a good old fashioned gruesome singalong.

So, performing to the 'little old lady at the back who'd forgotten her ear trumpet' (or the sound booth) as my many years of physical theatre training and professional choirs taught me, my audience gave me a PERFECT howling response in Favourite Things, voices louder than my own during the chorus of Daisy Daisy (I have to apologise to my husband for the bike riding quip but I was in character) and also A Mother's Lament, which is relatively new being from my most recent album.  I garnered guffaws exactly where I wanted them for Tragic Moments and when I did the Worm Song... I have never heard SO MUCH WOE WOE WOE CHORUS!! They LOVED IT!!

The rest of the second half after my set I was in a state of dizzied elation to be fair... but again from the relay I heard yet more and louder cheering for the two burly performances, awed hush and attentiveness for Marc Lobb's mind magic... and then I hid backstage and watched The Skull Kids magnificently enjoyable set while waiting for curtain call. When I went out for that the reaction of the audience was tremendous!! Thankyou so much for having me!! We totally raised the roof between us and I hope we can get it back on before we return in March next year! !

Too many superlatives? Not enough more like!

Below is the Curtain Call from Saturday's show. Our audience loved it going by the roars, cheers and participation and so did we!

The feedback afterwards from individuals who saw my set was terrific too. "Perfect comic timing, great performance, slick and professional"!! Thankyou so much. I love you all xxx

So after a rousing singalong and fantastic audience participation at the Barnfield I will be appearing at a Poetry night in Plymouth on the 21st,  a Shhh Burlesque spectacular in Bridgwater on the 24th, compering an entire show for Burlesque in the Basement in Plymouth on the 31st (A local show for local people) and a Halloween appearance in Torquay on the 1st at Club Rainbow. Hellishly exciting month.

Going to get even hotter come December when the Professor and I may well be cooking something up for the Steampunk Yule at the Phoenix again ;)

For details about all upcoming shows please go to Gig Dates on http://www.missvontrapp.com

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Are you ready for Halloween? Let's Get This Party Started!! [Sep. 25th, 2014|06:35 pm]
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The Rogues Gallery Vaudeville Tour begins on 11th October 2014!!

A Variety Spectacular is coming to The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter, UK on October 11th 2014...
Tickets on sale NOW. 

Cerys Nelmes: Award winning comedian & compere.

Marc Lobb: Award winning magician & mentalist / mind reader.

Miss Von Trapp: Murderously Quirky Dark Cello Cabaret.

The Skull Kids: Psychedelic tunes with a dark Twist.

Angelique Dominique: Sugar, spice and everything naughty but nice!

The Copperfield Ensemble Project: Ultimate Music Hall Experience.

Luna L'Amour: 'She's a Burlesque Jekyll & Hyde'.

GurdyBird: Symphonie Shenanigans & folktronica.

Fantastic Ms Fanny: Burlesque, Boobs, Comedy & Cake!

Rags & Riches: Unique guitar and vocal duo from Exeter.

Tickets on sale NOW from the Barnfield Theatre website or via http://www.roguesgalleryvaudevilletour.com

See you there!!

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Happy Hectic Halloween!! I appear to have started already... [Sep. 23rd, 2014|05:29 pm]
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The Rogues Review started off my Halloween season perfectly last Saturday as a taster for our big vaudeville review on the 11th October.

It was great fun with a very enthusiastic and appreciative audience... I thoroughly enjoyed showing off my new song (A Mothers Lament) live and cant wait for the follow up performances in The Barnfield Theatre, Exeter on the 11th October. Did I mention it was on the 11th October? In Exeter?

Here's a shot of me on the night, it wasn't as dark as the photo but I am glad I went as Miss Havisham meets Catrina lol

Now here are Posters for Upcoming Shows: please see http://www.missvontrapp.com for details and ticket links!


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No Alt-Fest but NEW ALBUM!! I have been busy :D [Aug. 26th, 2014|06:43 pm]
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On my week off when I should have been at Alt-Fest,  and couldn't get to the replacement Steampunk festival in Llanfyllin to play, I promised myself and my fans that I would make sure I was still productive. And I was!!


On Tuesday I took my daughter to the British Firework Championship. We were about 400 yards from where they were setting them off. Practically underneath... and we're rained on with bits of burnt out but still intact cordite-stinky cardboard. Think that successfully cured my phobia...

Then the following day I took her to the Moscow State Circus. I went in full Miss Von Trapp makeup and costume and she went in butterfly outfit and face paint and consumed more than her weight in candyfloss and popcorn. It was great fun...

Following which, we went on a family holiday to my parents caravan and I finished off recording my new album: "Grave Folk". I do hope you like it. I have seen some excellent reviews already :D


So I kept my promises. And maybe next year I will make August a gigging month again. It's the only month so far this year where I haven't had a gig. The next show is on September 20th at The Hall, Exeter and then October promises to be my busiest month yet!!


Hope to see you there xxxx

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Rising from the Ashes of Alt-Fest... But I am Trapped in a Caravan. [Aug. 5th, 2014|06:23 pm]
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So next weekend I was all geared up to be performing in the Steampunk Zone at Alt-Fest.  It promised to be MAGNIFICENT with 180 acts including Marilyn Manson, Fields of the Nephilim,  Pete Murphy, Gary Numan... Basically a wet dream for an old goth like me. There was going to be a Circus zone, Circus of Horrors, a children's play zone, Steampunk Zone, Goth stage, Metal stage, Industrial,  on and on and lots more...  Mostly I will miss Joe Black doing disney for children... I will have to bribe him down my way for a private show...


Basically it promised to be lots and lots of mahvellous fun for the best family holiday plus seeing all my friends perform in Steampunk and other stages and the best gig opportunity in the world EVER!!


Sadly it all went tits up at the last minute.


And although there have been lots of rescue festivals springing up (Full Steam Metal Racket in Llanfyllin, The Curehead's Ctrl-Alt-Fest-Delete in Kettering and FLAG's SOS in London to name a few) AND I had an opportunity to play at the Steampunk Zone / SOPHIE one, certain factors like driving and my daughter and the issue that I had promised a family holiday... (and this being the only chance we were going to get at a semblance of a family holiday) meant that I am now destined to spend the weekend doing something completely different.




I have, however, made plans and all is not lost. I have a trip to Moscow State Circus planned in Miss Von Trapp costume, some firework displays to watch, and weather permitting a stay in the family caravan... and I will spend time recording some songs as well. Perhaps a mini album to release through my bandcamp page.


In some consolation, I did come up with the name for the Phoenix-like festival that has arisen from the Alt-Fest ashes...


For those of you still able to go to the Steampunk Alt-Fest Alternative I present THE WEBSITE for...




" *fanfare*


My Lords, Ladies and Gentlemen - it is with great pleasure that we, your humble hosts, now proudly present - the brand-new and official festival website!




There's still a lot more content and information to be added over the next day or so but hopefully this will answer some of your most urgent queries.


In the meantime, please don't hesitate to continue to ask questions here [FB EVENT PAGE https://www.facebook.com/events/239384216202258/ ]


BB BlackDog and NeonTiger Productions UK Ltd"


And my next gig date is 20th September at The Hall, Exeter. Not to be missed!

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Peculiar Post Mortem and Black Books... [Jun. 23rd, 2014|12:29 pm]
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It is Summer. I am hot. But not half as hot as I was on the 14th June at Exeter Phoenix...


I had the grand idea, since Stabcurdle Jack was played on BBC 6 Music, of going dressed in macabre victorian garb as Mrs Lovett to perform that song and 'Have A Pie' as part of my half hour set in the Black Box Dark Cabaret room...


But it is a heavy and well made layered and quilted costume and a real theatre piece as worn on stage in a Theatre Royal production of Sweeney Todd. The label inside says 'Vicky: Tart'...


And I wore kneehigh socks and bloomers and a vest underneath it for propriety...

Looked amazing but by gawd I was sweaty. Am yet to weigh myself to see if I have lost the hoped-for 4 stone.


My set went down very well and we had a mahvellous singalong with Stabcurdle Jack, Have A Pie, Green and Yeller, Isn't it Grand To Be Bloody Well Dead, The Worm Song and Idle Wives. Thoroughly enjoyed it and all the lovely positive feedback after.  All the acts in the whole night were excellent too. I may have had a bit too much gin however as the dress came off for dancing to The Gaslight Troubadours set...


I hear tell much of my show may well have been Trapped in the moving image... Watch this space!

And after doing my set I got to watch all these awesome people... Gurdybird, Marc Lobb, The Needle Poppets, The Mysterious Freakshow, Martin H Wattinger, The Gaslight Troubadours and Pure Mischief!!:

If you didn't go you missed a mahvellous night!!


This Wednesday coming I am at Black Books doing a half hour set for Pennycomequick Arts at the Mayflower Bar on the Barbican. They are a company that work to bring together all the arts and writers and poets and allsorts in Plymouth and are well worth supporting. Come and see me at the end of the night. Event starts at 7.30pm.

All other event listings can be found on http://www.missvontrapp.com


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Football vs Burlesque: A comparison [Jun. 22nd, 2014|12:00 pm]
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Football vs Burlesque: A Comparison...


I have noticed albeit through a 'werld kup blackout' in my haus that England have not done very well this time round.


Many people are commenting that this has its roots in the fact that the majority of Premier League teams that have made up our England squad are mostly buying in 'world class' footballers rather than supporting and nurturing home-grown talent. Without encouraging and training up local people for local leagues, how is this sport - 'The Beautiful Game' - going to survive?


It can only last so long and it is beginning to become apparent not only in the World Cup but also in home teams where international players can be bought and sold for more than the regular person can realistically earn in a few years...


And local, homegrown talent is not getting a look in.


How does this correllate with the World of Burlesque? Why have I made this comparison?


More and more often I am seeing mainstream shows with 'World Class' international talent being bandied about and admittedly these shows deliver quality acts and value for money for new punters who expect glitz and feathers... but these shows are becoming stale if you see the same names all the time.


We are getting the same names, same acts and nothing new. And much like Football, local homegrown talent is not getting a look in.


It is making me tire of burlesque in this arena almost as much as I no longer have an interest in football.


What I feel we need to do is this...


Mix it up a bit and make a whole lot more effort to support home grown talent. Perhaps go back to the British Variety Show format of old that worked so well. Billings with Top Names alongside lesser known acts...


There are plenty of classes and new performers in our cities. New shows and lots and lots of talent. We need to look for it, discover and nurture it. Not just allow ourselves to be spoonfed with shows and acts that have been round the houses a bit more than London or over the pond.


We are a small island buzzing with variety. Let's have more shows containing local performers as well as the 'big names'.


After all, how can emerging talent get to be 'big names' if they have no opportunity to work their way there...


How can I do this? I live in the bottom end of the UK - practically Cornwall...


Use your eyes, ears and social media. Don't just go to mainstream 'World Class' shows... There is plenty to support if you look about.


Like our Football clubs that are quite possibly realising now that they need to nurture homegrown talent if they are going to get any better, we need to do the same with Burlesque.


Don't let it die on its glittery arse ;)


 And while you are at it you might want to search for Burly in the Basement in Plymouth which is new and happens regularly, Club Rainbow at The Rainbow Hotel on Torquay, Shhh! Burlesque and events on CoochieCrunch.com - all of which support local performers and especially THIS happening in Bristol in October: http://bristolburlesquefestival.co.uk/2014/05/18/bristol-burlesque-festival-gets-queer-weird-wild-wired/

And a plug of my own while I am at it...


The Rogues Gallery Vaudeville Tour: http://www.roguesgalleryvaudevilletour.com/Rogues-and-Artistes(2955327).htm

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