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This fabulously glamorous band - formerly known as The Dimestore Jive Revue - is the first and foremost Burlesque Big Band in the UK, and boasts an impressively talented array of world class musicians. Below are a few examples of tunes from their forthcoming album "This is Burlesque!" featuring singers Stella Starr, Rory Cameron and Mark Stollar.

Coming Soon! Our new Album - This is Burlesque!" Click on a sound file below to hear an excerpt.

 

song

singer

House of Bamboo Stella Starr
More Rory Cameron
Sway Stella Starr
This Can't Be Love Rory Cameron
Little Egypt Mark Stollar

Gorgeous Black & White Photos by Gordon Ayres


 

Steve Wrigley - arranger/band leader/guitarist

Over the last twenty years, Stephen Wrigley has composed, performed, arranged and produced music and sound for every medium, working with such luminaries as Johnny Cash, James Stewart, Curtis Mayfield, PJ Proby, Des'ree, Paul Young and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.

He has gigged in everything from solo shows to their own 32-piece orchestra playing the music of Burt Bacharach and all points in between. Steve is in demand for his latin guitar style, touring Europe with Pucho and the latin soul brothers. He also runs a company called OchreMedia, creating music for film and TV. Numbered amongst their clients are American Express, Kellogg's, Walt Disney and the London Stock Exchange.

Steve also plays in award winning The Brighton Beach Boys & the Psychedelic Love Orchestra.
See: www.brightonbeachboys.com


 

Stella Starr

As well as being the beautiful brains behind Vavavavoom! and Theatre of Fur, producing and directing the shows and performing Burlesque dance routines, Stella Starr also sings a mix of classic torch songs and lively tunes from the 1930's to the 1960's with the band!
Phew - Hot Diggety Dawg!

See also: www.stellastarr.co.uk

Mark Stollar

Mark is our wild rockin' Baby Elvis singer!

"In my youth I got pissed off with all the girls getting off with the lads from the bands, so decided to jack in the art world, and get into some rock 'n roll garage punk psychobilly stuff with me mates. Sure enough, it was much more fun, and the band "The X-Men" was formed.

We thrashed it out at The Club Foot and The Living Room until Alan McGee signed us to Creation Records. We toured Europe and messed about for five years till the psycho punk garage thing dwindled, and I decided to take off round the world. Came back to UK eventually and settled in Brighton, met the Vavavavoom bunch, and the rest is rockin' swingin' history!" He now also sings with Brighton-based Rockabilly band 'Jailbait'.

 

Rory Cameron

Rory Cameron is our resident crooner, but is also a multi talented musician, composer, sound designer and record producer. He has over two hundred theatre, television, film, record and radio credits to his name.

He has performed with artists as diverse as Curtis Mayfield, Paul Young, Des'ree and Neil Innes.

His film work includes “A Small Miracle” which was broadcast on ITV on Christmas day two years running, and the multi-award-winning short, “Reptile Day”.

As a sound designer, he has worked with the comedians Boothby Graffoe (“In No Particular Order” for Radio 4) and Phil Nichol (winner of the first IF Comedy prize in Edinburgh 2006), as well as a series of plays with the director, Paul Hodson, notably “Fever Pitch”, “Notes From a Small Island” and “Meeting Joe Strummer” which also won a Fringe First at the Edinburgh Festival in 2006.

He has produced albums for Bob Weston (of Fleetwood Mac) and The Blackjacks, and won the “Best Music Event” award at the Brighton Festival in both 2006 and 2007, and, as a member of The Lost & Found Orchestra, he played a sell-out run at the Sydney Opera House, breaking the box-office record previously held by Frank Sinatra.

He also performs with award winning The Brighton Beach Boys & the Psychedelic Love Orchestra.
See: www.rorycameron.co.uk

The singers in action! :

A Western themed version of the band - YEEHAW!:

And the rest of the crew:

Louis Borenius RIP.

With great sadness we saw the death in 2009 of Louis - our dear friend and drummer - who had also been Head of Percussion at North Westminster Music School.
As well as playing with us, he also played with The Blackjacks + latin band 'Coup D 'Etat', amongst others, to great critical acclaim. He worked as a freelance percussionist with various artists including Sara Jane Morris, Paul Rogers, Dick Heckstall Smith, John Etheridge, Jim Mullen and Dudu Pukwana. He recorded and toured the world with a divergent range of performers from Paul Kossoff to Sister Sledge. It's a terrible loss and he is greatly missed.

http://www.louisborenius.co.uk/

Stella Starr & The Allstars also features/has featured these musicans:

Charlotte Glasson (tenor sax) - http://www.charlotteglasson.com
Richard Beasley (tenor sax)
Ian Price (tenor sax) - RIP
Jules Lawrence (tenor sax)
Sam Glasson (drums)
Dan Sheppard (bass)
Orlando (bass)
Jerry Rulfe (bass)
Terry Pack (bass)
Glen Richardson (piano/vocals)
Jon Gilhooley (vocals)
Alex Stanford (piano)
Joss Peach (piano)
Andy Smith (piano)
Gorgeous George (trumpet)
Rob Heaseman (trumpet)
Ali, Sean and Tim Wade (trombones) - Tim also does arrangements.

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