Camille O’Sullivan is a singer/actress who enjoys an international reputation for her interpretations of the songs of Nick Cave, Brel, Waits, Bowie, Radiohead and more. Her headline gigs include Royal Festival Hall, Sydney Opera House, The Apollo, The Roundhouse, Barbican, Kennedy Centre, National Concert Hall with the Symphony Orchestra and she appeared on Later with Jools Holland (BBC) where she was voted “One of the top 25 performances in the history of the programme by the Daily Telegraph.
“When she sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin – one spark, and the whole room would ignite” ***** Daily Telegraph
“Ravishing, a superb performer and great singer… the star is her singing voice, a deep sultry instrument that might have been created to express desolate love” **** The Guardian
Previously an award-winning architect and painter, Camille was born in London to a French mother and Irish/English father, she grew up in a village in Cork, Ireland (delighted to receive her Irish citizenship this year) listening to her parents eclectic music collection that shaped her into the unique interpreter she is today. Chameleon- like on stage, each song has a different character with its story to tell. As much a storyteller as a singer, or actress interpreting a monologue.
She received an Australian Helpmann award, Brighton, Melbourne and Edinburgh Fest awards for her music shows and a Herald Angel Award for her solo acting performance in the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Rape of Lucrece’ which she and pianist/composer Feargal Murray adapted into a play creating the original music/songs. She recently received a Doctorate from University of East Anglia.
“A cross between Sally Bowles, Patti Smith and P J Harvey… a major star “ ***** Scotsman
“A masterclass in living a lyric – mesmerizing” ***** – Mail on Sunday
“A courageous and singular performer, Camille is one of the most gifted interpreters of narrative songs yet to appear” Irish Times
One of the original stars of Olivier Award-winning La Soiree/La Clique, Camille was chosen by Yoko Ono to perform Double Fantasy Live – Meltdown Royal Festival Hall alongside Patti Smith and Siouxie Sioux.“O’Sullivan’s lyrical performance the real showstopper” Mojo Mag. She’s performed yearly at Edinburgh Fringe Fest since 2004 ‘Queen of the Fest’ BBC. Film/theatre include Stephen Frears Mrs Henderson Presents, A Christmas Carol, Sweeney Todd (Gate Theatre) Woyzeck (Barbican) Rebellion (Countess Markievicz RTE). She’s toured with The Pogues, Barbican shows, Martha Wainwright, Todd Rundgren, Tim Robbins, Alex Kapranos, Hal Wilner’s Rogues Gallery and Shane McGowan’s celebrations alongside Nick Cave, Sinead O’Connor, Bono, Bobby Gillespie. She recently toured her Cave show “She burns just as bright as Cave, if not brighter. Where Cave longs to see the face of God, O’Sullivan danced last night with the ecstasy of one who has seen Him and lived to tell the tale.” Auckland Review releasing Camille sings Cave Live CD (Mojo ****) that was included on the special Mojo Mag edition to Nick Cave. Last year she filmed Losing it in Lockdown for Cork Midsummer Fest, a journey through her house singing from morn to night. Camille O’Sullivan Website