What's happening...

      

                  

I'm excited to announce that Casting Ouch, my new cabaret about the perils of being a performer, with MD Joe Atkins, met with such a great audience response at the King's Head Theatre, we are reprising it at Crazy Coqs on the 19th February. Book here Here is a video of one of the songs, Ballade von Sexuelle Molestigkeit:

 

 At the end of February we are back at the Royal Exchange Theatre for two nights, with our cabaret Forbidden Love. Book here. In June All I Want is One Night is off to New York, for a month long run at the Brits off Broadway festival.

Other projects coming up include my artist residency at the Lichfield Festival, and my new piece for Opera North, Not Such Quiet Girls, which goes into production at the end of the year. More details to follow...

So far, Autumn/ Winter appearances have included an inspiring residency at Snape Maltings for my new music theatre project in development, Witches Three, with music by Kerry Andrew, a welcome return for Pat Kirkwood is Angry, at the Hargrave Festival, Unsung Heroines of Popular Song at the Roman River Festival, the UK premiere of Sarah Kirkland Snider's song cycle, Penelope with Psappha, and a new cabaret, Desire and Decadence at the French Cabaret in the Nottingham Theatre Royal bar.

My new album, All I Want is One Night - death and desire at the French cabaret, has just gone live for download on iTunes and Apple Music, click here to listen/ purchase. It has songs from my play of the same name, and other amazing numbers by Brel and Barbara. I've written new English versions of all the songs, which are beautifully accompanied by Joe Atkins. Listen on Spotify too. The CD will be available to buy online soon, and at all of my upcoming concerts. My play All I Want is One Night - originally produced by the Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester last year, directed by Sarah Frankcom, has just finished a fantastic run at Wilton's Music Hall London and the Hope Mill theatre Manchester. 

Here's me recording one of the numbers from the show at Low Four Studio, Manchester: 

 

Thanks to Arts Council England for supporting this project at Wilton's.

 

Other news... 

Enter the Peace Broker , a 5-part radio docudrama about the American involvement in WW1, is now available for download. I recorded some rare and rather wonderful songs for the drama, with MD Jim Holmes.

I'll be artist in residence at the 2018 Lichfield Festival. Details to follow.  

The Girl I Left Behind Me has been released as a CD on the Original Cast Recordings label. We recorded it in New York. Here's a link to a lovely review of it:

http://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BWW-CD-Reviews-THE-GIRL-I-LEFT-BEHIND-ME-Original-Cast-Recording-is-Charming-20140512#.U3G-1e29LCR 

The recording recently won the broadway.com award for best new UK cast recording, and is currently available to buy or download at the following outlets:

 www.dresscircle.com 

 http://www.amazon.com/The-Girl-Left-Behind-Me/dp/B00GUNMWXO/ref=cm_sw_em_r_dp_Zy0Nsb0C6CPD3_tt

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Girl-Left-Behind-Original-Recording/dp/B00H4PXCS6/ref=sr_1_5_bnp_1_mus?ie=UTF8&qid=1389882637&sr=8-5&keywords=the+girl+i+left+behind+me 

 http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/jessicawalker1#.Up9EX0pbaSo.gmail

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The Girl I Left Behind Me is published by Oberon Books and can be purchased from: http://oberonbooks.com/girl-i-left-behind-me.html

 Mercy and Grand - the Tom Waits Project,  my CD with Opera North and Gavin Bryars, is out now on the GB label, and can be purchased on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007G283S6/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?ref_=tsm_1_fb_lk