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Deep Cabaret

Deep Cabaret

Deep Cabaret is a thing of riffs and drones.


Deep Cabaret is the culmination of bandleader Steve Lewis' life's work: to make a band that curates all the musics that fascinate him - jazz, improv, African, folk and leftfield pop. Lyrics are fragments of text taken from novels, journalism, spiritual and other texts that have interesting things to say about being human.

Hurdies, bagpipes, bass clarinets, cellos and the beguiling harmonics of overtone singing. Desert blues improv and noir-drenched dronesongs; fulsomely romantic and coruscatingly edgy. Mashed-up lyrics lifted from neuroscience, slavery, fiction and Cole Porter covers all "pickled in the juices of the peat”.

The band spent 2018 on their 'Slow Tour' of the North supported by Jazz North. At the beginning of 2019 they were awarded Arts Council England funding to record an album at Real World studios with producer Justin Adams (Tinawarien, Lo'Jo) due for release in Spring 2020.



Samboo is 'about' the death and burial of a slave at Sunderland Point near Lancaster in 1822. Setting a contemporaneous newspaper report of the event the music uses Mandinka guitar, Gaelic pibroch piping, Tuvan overtoning, lyrical cello, rich bass clarinet and torch song traditions to create a noir-drenched drone song.

Under My skin is an idiosyncratic take on the jazz standard, captured live at Manchester Jazz Festival.

“It was a wonderful and very inspiring gig last night, you went down really well, I think the audience were spellbound” – Jo Powell, Candlelit Concerts

“Beautiful evening of rich and unique music. Midsummer light” – Rob Bee

“Absolutely super. They produce a multi cultural and multi layered sound that is stunning” – Tony Birchwood

“Beautiful, rich and inspirational gig last night! Paul has reignited my love of the hurdy-gurdy” – Carmen Scott

“As the sun set, Deep Cabaret shared a spellbinding mix of sounds, many inspired by the stories and landscapes of Morecambe Bay. It was a delight to hear such an intriguing mix of instruments and astonishing vocals” – Morecambe Bay Partnership

“The grooves and simplicity of the songs underpinned by lovely riffs work so well and then Steve’s, as ever, quirky lyrics charm me...and create space for thinking” – Pete Moser


Saturday 14th November 2020 at 8pm



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