The Tiger Lillies

The Tiger Lillies were formed in 1989 and as the decades go by their sound remains one of the most unique and original things one could come across. Martyn Jacques, the band's front man, songwriter and founder, spent most of his twenties in a flat above a brothel in London's Soho, peeping through his window at the buzz of Soho’s lowlife. It took him a good ten years to turn that strange world into art, while training as a singer and songwriter. In 1989 he got his first accordion and The Tiger Lillies were formed shortly after.

The Tiger Lillies stood out immediately for their distinct sound and style and worked their way up from London pubs to the Piccadilly Theatre and buskers’ benches to the Sydney Opera House. Soon the The Tiger Lillies were touring the world giving concerts and participating in various art and theatre projects. A couple of the many highlights in their career was the Olivier Award they won for the cult hit musical Shockheaded Peter and the Grammy nomination for their album The Gorey End. Within the last two decades The Tiger Lillies have been doing an average of over 200 gigs a year and despite spending so much time on the road they have managed to also release more than one album a year (total number is somewhere around 30, but who is counting?). They have participated in numerous shows all over the world, collaborating with artists of all disciplines: from circus performers to Shakespearean actors, experimental dancers to avant garde photographers and burlesque puppeteers to classical music ensembles.

The world of The Tiger Lillies is dark, peculiar and varied, with moments of deep sadness, cruel black humour and immense beauty. This unique « anarchic Brechtian street opera trio » tours the world playing songs about « anything that doesn’t involve beautiful blonde girls and boys running at the meadow » to quote their founder Martyn Jacques. Hence, their songs cover all the dark aspects of life, from prostitution and drug addiction to violence and despair. Always with a touch of twisted humor and sharp irony The Tiger Lillies « point an implicit accusing finger back at us: what on Earth are we doing, laughing at this stuff? ». Their music is a mixture of pre-war Berlin cabaret, anarchic opera and gypsy music, echoing the voices of Bertolt Brecht and Jacques Brel. The Tiger Lillies shock, amuse and entertain in a postmodern vaudeville way, with their inimitable in-yer-face shows, where no limit should be taken for granted.

The Tiger Lillies consist of Martyn Jacques, Adrian Stout and Jonas Golland.

-- Quaternaire represents The Tiger Lillies in France and/or worldwide depending on the production.

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Date Spectacle Lieu Ville Payssort descending
2018-02-14 00:00:00-2018-02-14 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Théâtre Molière, scène nationale de Sète et du Bassin de Thau Sète France
2018-04-04 00:00:00-2018-04-05 00:00:002018-04-04 00:00:00 2018-04-05 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Théâtre de l'Union Limoges France
2012-03-03 00:00:00-2012-03-03 00:00:00 Ballad of Sexual Dependency L'Arsenal Metz France
2013-11-24 00:00:00-2013-11-24 00:00:00 Ballad of Sexual Dependency La Comédie de Clermont Clermont-Ferrand France
2016-02-03 00:00:00-2016-02-03 00:00:00 The Tiger Lillies in Concert - Madame Piaf Théâtre des Bergeries Noisy-Le-Sec France
2017-01-05 00:00:00-2017-01-07 00:00:002017-01-05 00:00:00 2017-01-07 00:00:00 Ballad of Sexual Dependency Cité de la musique -Philharmonie de Paris Paris France
2017-09-29 00:00:00-2017-09-29 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Maison de la Musique de Nanterre Nanterre France
2017-11-18 00:00:00-2017-11-18 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Carré-Colonne Saint Médard en Jalles France
2017-11-30 00:00:00-2017-12-01 00:00:002017-11-30 00:00:00 2017-12-01 00:00:00 Ballad of Sexual Dependency Le Maillon Strasbourg France
2017-10-18 00:00:00-2017-10-19 00:00:002017-10-18 00:00:00 2017-10-19 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Théâtre Angoulême Scène Nationale Angoulême France
2017-06-06 00:00:00-2017-06-07 00:00:002017-06-06 00:00:00 2017-06-07 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Den Nationale Scene, Bergen International Festival Bergen Norway
2017-11-10 00:00:00-2017-11-10 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Teatro Circo Murcia Murcia Spain
2017-11-12 00:00:00-2017-11-12 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Teatro Alhambr Granada Spain
2017-11-15 00:00:00-2017-11-15 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Teatro Central Seville Spain
2017-11-21 00:00:00-2017-11-21 00:00:00 Edgar Allan Poe's Haunted Palace Ayuntamiento De Vitoria Vitoria Spain
2011-04-30 00:00:00-2011-04-30 00:00:00 Ballad of Sexual Dependency Blackheath Halls London UK