The Irrepressibles + Gabby Young & Other Animals

An extravagant evening of visual and sonic flamboyance, part of the Barbican’s Future Beauty (Japanese fashion exhibition) and Disruption: A Fashion Performance.

29 January 2011 / 20:00

£10 - 15

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An extravagant evening of visual and sonic flamboyance, part
Japanese Future Beauty and Disruption: A Fashion Performance

Listen to Gabby Young as she performs a new track exclusively for our January 2011 podcast (Drive-By Truckers, Joan Wasser, Gabby Young & Brinsley Forde) by Barbican Music

Led by composer and artist Jamie McDermott, The Irrepressibles are a 10-piece ‘performance orchestra’ fusing classical orchestrations with pop melodies and soaring vocals. Using conceptual sets and a team of artists from film, dance, avant-garde costume and make-up, the collective bring McDermott’s songs to life, creating an extraordinary live spectacle and prompting The Independent to describe them as ‘one of Britain’s best kept secrets’.

Read about The Irrepressibles in The Guardian

Following their seven track CD/DVD package From the Circus to the Sea (2009), their stunning debut album Mirror Mirror was released in early 2010 to critical acclaim. The album is a beautifully constructed sonic exploration depicting Jamie McDermott’s confessional stories of love, anger, lust and loss as the group journey into a mystical and theatrical world.

McDermott’s androgynous vocals soar above intricate polyphonic arrangements, accompanying the glamour of a sonic world of exotica-meets-baroque-meets Scott Walker-style orchestral pop arrangements.

‘An enchantingly theatrical pop extravaganza.’ Sunday Times on The Irrepressibles

'Theirs is a dangerous, scintillating music…the performers are as meticulously choreographed as a corps de ballet.' The Guardian on The Irrepressibles

The Irrepressibles Live

The vitality of Gabby Young and her troupe’s sound, described as circus swing, is matched by the visual drama of their on-stage theatrics. A classically trained singer, Young’s commanding stage presence has earned her a fan base spanning the worlds of folk to antifolk, jazz to burlesque, and led to performances at major festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude, The Secret Garden Party, Standon Calling and more. The Guardian included the band in their "Anti-tips for 2010: the acts who deserve to be heard" list. Their debut album We’re all in this Together is out now.

'They parp and skiffle through the gleeful Horatio Interlude and Two By Two, gently swelling the ranks with the addition of a tuba here and an additional trumpet there... and, towards the end of the set, a string section, leaving the metaphorical curtain to fall on a magnificent 17 of them, like a cut scene from Moulin Rouge.' Music OMH 5* Read the full review of Gabby Young & Other Animals at Tabernacle, London on 20 Nov

‘A mixture of Pre-Raphaelite beauty and antique shop. As much art-school as Agent Provocateur.’ MOJO on Gabby Young & Other Animals

Gabby Young and Other Animals - We're All in This Together

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Spring Contemporary Events 11

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