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Martyn Jacques
Vocals, Accordion
Martyn Jacques, the founder of The Tiger Lillies, spent much of his early years living above a brothel in London’s Soho. He is a self trained musician and singer, playing mostly the accordion, piano and ukulele. His hauntingly beautiful falsetto has become The Tiger Lillies’ trademark and combined with his dark and edgy songwriting style has led to him being widely known as the ‘Criminal Castrato’.
Martyn has composed music for and performed in numerous shows all over the world and enjoys working with artists of all disciplines: from highbrow theatre to circus, and from experimental dance to burlesque and puppetry. He is very proud that The Tiger Lillies have performed in opera houses and rock festivals as well as circus tents and smelly pubs. His music has been used in films (Plunkett & Macleane, Luftbusiness, Drunken Sailor, Return to Nuke ‘Em High) and recently he composed music for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which he performed as a live accompaniment to the iconic silent film in his first ever solo show.
Martyn has been commissioned by acclaimed American photographer Nan Goldin to compose an original score for her Ballad of Sexual Dependency slideshow project and has actually performed the piece with The Tiger Lillies as a live soundtrack to Nan’s startling images. Martyn’s work has been nominated for a Grammy Award (The Gorey End in 1998) and his memorable performance in cult hit musical Shockheaded Peter won him an Oliver Award.

Instruments:

Martyn Jacques plays a 72 bass, 2 octive piano accordion custom-made by Fantini of Italy. These are available from Allodi Accordions of London. Martyn has two in Green and one in Grey
Adrian Huge
Drums, Percussion, Toys.
"James Joyce on drums" exclaimed David Byrne on seeing Adrian Huge at work with the Tiger Lillies. Adrian has worked in butchers, pie shops, banks, motorcycle shops, and as a ham-fisted-but-cheap car mechanic before co-founding, in 1982, Dover's only surreal, theatrical jazz/punk/calypso comedy ensemble : Uncle Lumpy and the Fish Doctors. The group floundered shortly after arriving in London in 1989 which coincided with the formation of The Tiger Lillies and the start of his bashing ever smaller, re-cycled drums, toys and kitchen-ware.
The man that once turned up to gig in the Czech Republic expecting to find a drum kit waiting for him only to discover a pile of freshly polished kitchen utensils instead. This did not deter him for a second as he went on to deliver an amazing performance that night armed only with pots, pans and spatulas. With his usual drum kit looking like a cross between a modern sculpture and a childrens toy shop its all in a days work for Adrian.
Adrian Huge is currently on sabbatical from the band.

Instruments:

Adrian Huge plays various re-cycled drums, toys and cymbals obtained from the bars and bins of Europe. Most were gifts.
Adrian Stout
Contra Bass, Musical Saw, Theremin, Vocals.
Adrian Stout has played Bass with Errol Linton, Pigmeat Pete Smith and Todd Sharpville, as well as many other bands in every style of music. He toured and recorded two albums for Blues diva Dana Gillespie before being co-opted by The Tiger Lillies for 1995's Edinburgh Festival. This was only supposed to be for a week. 18 years later this once serious musician has since then found himself dancing in leider hosen, making love to inflatable sheep and dressing as a cheap prostitute. Adrian has been adding an arsenal of unusual musical instruments to the Tiger Lillies sound, playing musical saw, Theremin, jaw harps and nose flutes on recordings and performances.
In 2007 Adrian co-wrote and produced a cd with cult icon Sexton Ming called "A Taste of Wood" that was released on their ‘Crapping Clown’ label. He has played bass on 3 albums for Stuart A Staples of Tindersticks 'Lucky Dog Recordings 03-04', 'Leaving Songs' and ‘Souvenir 06’ and toured with him throughout Europe for 2 years. In 2009 he was invited by Danielle de Picciotto to compose music for the Feedback Exhibition that was shown in Berlin and Frankfurt and in 2010 he added saw and Theremin to the Urban Voodoo Machine cd 'In Black 'N' Red' as well as performing onstage with them on numerous occasions.
He has also been spotted as guest saw (or Theremin) player with Amanda Palmer, Joe Black, Sxip Shirey, Elyas Khan, Alex Hacke and Marcus Reeves. Recently Adrian has performed in a musical saw duo called ‘The Weeping Saws’ with David Coulter.
Visit Adrian's Facebook page here

Instruments:

Adrian Stout plays an Eminance removable neck bass. Available from www.gelbass.com. He also plays the Clifton Frequent Flyer by Clifton Basses.
His Kaye plywood bass was destroyed by Hurricane Lothar on 28 Dec 1999. Sob.
He also plays a Moog Etherwave Theremin, the Lost Volts Theremin and a Sandvik Stradivarius Musical Saw.
Mike Pickering
Drums and Percussion
Mike Pickering joined The Tiger Lillies in the spring of 2012 when founding band member Adrian Huge decided to take a leave of absence. He has since played the drums, percussion and all the other weird-sounding toys and instruments inherited by his predecessor in all of the band’s live performances as well as in the recording of The Tiger Lillies’ most recent albums Either Or and Lulu – A Murder Ballad.
Mike started playing drums when he was 12 years old. Widely regarded on the London jazz scene as one of the tallest drummers in town, he has played with many of the UK’s finest jazz musicians. From 1994, he has been a member of Billy Jenkins Blues Collective, the Voice of God Collective and, more recently, Trio Blues Suburbia, touring and recording many albums along the way. He plays in Trio WAH! with saxophonist Jason Yarde and bass man Larry Bartley, still hoping to release their first album after 14 years! ‘We’re all very busy ...’
He has recorded soundtracks for films including Captain Corelli’s Mandolin, in which he appears (briefly) and Charlotte Grey, in which he doesn’t.
He has played and recorded with house DJs A Man Called Adam, rock band Strangeways, Nigel Birch’s Flea Pit Orchestra and country musicians Bobby Valentino and Hank Wangford and the Lost Cowboys.

Instruments:

He plays what he feels and mainly plays Gretsch, Sonor and Slingerland drums, assorted cymbals, toys and percussion ... anything he can get a sound from, even the great Mr Huge’s kit!!!
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