Camille O’Sullivan at the Irish Arts Center

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Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 10.34.54 AMYou know a cabaret act is going to be good if the performer can have the audience in its pocket before the first song is over. Last night at the Irish Arts Center, Camille O’Sullivan did just that. This Irish-French singer began a ten-day residency at the IAC yesterday, and she owned the stage in front of a sold-out crowd. Well known at the Edinburgh Fringe Fest and at London’s Southbank Centre, O’Sullivan and her pianist Feargal Murray have traveled the world with their engaging covers of contemporary rock musicians, Jacques Brel and Kurt Weill.

Just a little bit too weird to be a mainstream artist, O’Sullivan has a great voice and knows how to own the stage. Her theatrics are endearing; her set a mix of hanging dresses and odd bits and bobs like a mechanical bird and a rabbit lamp. Her set list is a great mix of dark and light – with songs ranging in topics from lost loves to sea shanties and some of the best versions of Tom Waits tunes you’ll find that aren’t the originals. The evening ran a bit long, but sitting there its hard to notice. O’Sullivan is utterly engaging and really good fun.
Shannon Thomas

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One Response to “Camille O’Sullivan at the Irish Arts Center”

  1. Thank you for introducing me to this artist, Shannon. Authentic cabaret is at the top of my ‘must see’ list, yet too many artists these days use that moniker without earning it. Camille O’Sullivan looks to be one who has, and I will watch for her, with hopes of seeing her in a live performance. Very exciting!

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