Camille O'Sullivan © Melanie Smith
Camille O'Sullivan © Melanie Smith

Camille O'Sullivan © Melanie Smith

Camille O’Sullivan
The Lowry, Salford
March 13th 2017

Photographer Melanie Smith was delighted to be given exclusive permission to capture one of her favourite artists, the Queen of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival Camille O’Sullivan at The Lowry for Louder Than War.

The multi-award-winning French-Irish singer is on a UK tour with her critically acclaimed show The Carny Dream, inspired by circus and carnivals. Camille’s shows are a heady mix of rock’n’roll and theatre, featuring her dramatic renditions of songs made famous by the likes of David Bowie, Jacques Brel, Leonard Cohen, Radiohead, Prince, amongst others.

Camille appeared at the rear of the Quays theatre and made her way down to the stage in a crimson, sequinned hooded cloak. What transpired was an enchanting, bewitching 90 minutes of pure joy, laughter and pleasure. It’s a rare treat for Manchester, it’s been a few years since she visited us here.

She swept through the set, totally immersed in her characters, paying tribute in her own inimitable fashion to the legends who had recently passed away. A favourite song from Leonard Cohen, Prince’s amazing Purple Rain and her beloved David Bowie, which was one of the highlights of the set for me, featuring a medley of Five Years, and Where Are We Now, culminating with Mott The Hooples All The Young Dudes. Nick Cave’s Into My Arms and The Ship Song were also given that special Camille touch. No one could give a more fitting tribute than Camille. The show ends with a sweet lullaby, and a standing ovation, as Camille slowly disappears into the darkness.

You really have to experience the magic that is Camille O’ Sullivan, go on treat yourself to this five star show, you won’t be disappointed.

Camille O'Sullivan © Melanie Smith

Camille O'Sullivan © Melanie Smith

Camille O'Sullivan © Melanie Smith

Camille O'Sullivan © Melanie Smith

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Photos by Melanie Smith. More work by Mel on Louder Than War can be found at her author’s archive. You can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Photography portfolio can be found here

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Live reviews editor and head of photography: I can't imagine my life without music or photography, both go hand in hand and have played a big part in my life. I have experienced many musical genres, northern soul in 1975, the early punk movement, drifting into the electronic 'new Romantic' era, a trip around the rock scene, a taste of indie and a smattering of pop. I possess an eclectic taste in music and a lust for life; new experiences are what drives this machine. I still have that punk DIY spirit and used this to create my own website Mudkiss Fanzine in 2008 - 2013. I am the official photographer for 'Louder Than Words' music literary festival and a house photographer for Academy Music Group. Available for commissioned work, please contact me


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