"My great gran played piano on a float in a rally for votes for women, I was taught by suffragettes who wanted me to be a scientist but I rebelled. I'm a boom baby whose mum could pick out a popular song on the piano….it was inevitable I'd do something like this. A tribute to the wordsmiths."
Late entry for the London Festival of Cabaret.
Denise is in concert at the Pheasantry with a brand new show on Tuesday November 12th.
A journey through the mad age between the world wars.
Homage to the songs and songwriters who made the early musicals.
Designed and performed by Denise Black, Graeme Taylor and Paul Sand.
"Funny, bold and brassy...real gravitas" FATEA
"Fine voice…nuanced and lusty" R2 (Rock and Reel)
"A better singer than a hairdresser" Herald Scotland
Mr Sand tinkles the ivories and Mr Taylor plucks and strums.
152 Kings Road
Charting the story of the songwriters who wrote between the wars and gave birth to the musical. Using extant song mainly, with some originals. Songs to include "Someone To Watch Over Me", "After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It", "The 20s Roar", "Shaking The Blues Away". "A Nightingale Sang in Berkley Square". "My Handy Man", "There Are Bad Times Just Around The Corner" and many, many more.
Denise Black is a regular fixture on British television, perhaps best known for Coronation Street and Queer As Folk. She is currently on the box in Emmerdale. She started out as an alternative cabaret darling at the beginning of Jongleurs and Malc Hardee's Tunnel Palladium, later with the Kray Sisters. Paul Sand is a songwriter who has written over 30 musicals and operattas. Graeme Taylor is MD of War Horse, plays in the pit on Matilda and his band Home Service recently won BBC 'best live act' folk award.