The dark angel

Camille O'Sullivan
Camille O'Sullivan

IRISH chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan is hard to pigeonhole (writes Gillian Loney).

Part performance artist and part cabaret star – with a burlesque edge and a wealth of covers made her own – she seems to defy the boundaries of genre.

Trained as an architect, a stint living in Berlin attracted Camille to the cabaret scene and she spent years performing at night, while making a living in her original profession.

A regular on the Edinburgh festival scene, she has been gaining momentum for the past couple of years, and a gig at the Òran Mór this week will no doubt prove popular with a Glasgow audience.

Expect songs from the likes of Nick Cave, David Bowie, Kirsty MacColl and Jacques Brel, all bundled up in a sultry and seductive package with a gorgeous, heartfelt voice.

One of my first encounters of her was during a Fringe performance which I later reviewed – and Camille O’Sullivan was my first, and only, five star write-up to date.

Whether it was the rolling around on the stage floor, uncorking a red wine bottle with her teeth or the sheer emotive power of songs like Dillie Keane’s Look Mummy (No Hands), I can’t say – but I can comment that if you catch this spellbinding show, you won’t regret it.

n Camille O’Sullivan plays the Òran Mór on Monday. Performance at 7.30pm and tickets cost £15-£17.50, available from 357 6200