Rosin Murphy © Melanie Smith
Roisin Murphy © Melanie Smith

Rosin Murphy © Melanie Smith

Roisin Murphy

Albert Hall, Manchester

25th November 2015

Louder Than War photographer Melanie Smith heads down to
Manchester to catch up with recent Mercury Prize nominee Roisin Murphy in her new show on the Hairless Toys UK Tour.

Roisin Murphy © Melanie SmithFrom my perched position on the balcony I spy a myriad of assorted colourful, glittery accessories strewn by the Mic stand of former Manchester resident and one half of Moloko duo, Roisin Murphy as she made her entrance onto the stage in a bizarre fashion. Picture the scene….a video guy is close up filming her live, whilst projected onto the big screen,  her eyes devour us as she serenades us quietly into her microphone with her back to the audience.

During my three songs, she used several items from her dressing up box, but I have it on good authority throughout the evenings entertainment she changed her hats, masks and outfits several times over, stating that she “always loved dressing up as a child”.

The queen of electro has unusual contralto vocals, mixed with a visually eccentric performance, combine to make this a show not to be missed. Hopefully you and I will catch her next time around, lets hope she has more props to entertain and enthral us. In the meantime I am playing loud the nominated album Hairless Toys…

Roisin Murphy © Melanie Smith

Roisin Murphy © Melanie Smith


  • Exile
  • Let Me Know
  • Dirty Monkey (Moloko)
  • Dear Miami
  • Tight Sweater (Moloko)
  • In sintesi
  • Overpowered
  • Unputdownable
  • Evil Eyes
  • Tatty Narja (Moloko)
  • Gone Fishing
  • House Of Glass
  • Ancora tu
  • Jealousy
  • Exploitation


  • Exile
  • Pure Pleasure Seeker (Moloko)
  • Evil Eyes

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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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