The Fairies Band, Philadelphia USA, 2005

The Fairies Band, Philadelphia USA, 2005

 

THE FAIRIES BAND

Tinsel was one of The Fairies along with Sparkle, Tinky and Twinkle 2000-2007.

The Fairies wore wings, granted wishes, had lots of fun and caused playful havoc wherever they went, for seven years.  They also formed The Fairies Band, an eight piece which was a little bit punk, a bit glam, a bit garage and sometimes quite shouty. Live gigs were raucous and playful, often involving matching outfits and synchronised dance routines (some moves were inspired by the film Teen Wolf). Their performance of a slowed down a capella cover version of The Sex Pistols 'Anarchy in the UK' was legendary.  After The Fairies' flat in Shoreditch burned down in a house fire on New Years Eve in 2006, they returned to the stage with a cover of Billy Joel's 'We Didn't Start the Fire', complete with fire themed costumes made from orange tissue paper.

The songs described their lives as Fairies, sometimes telling stories of drinking, boys and good times, sometimes stating their beliefs and philosophies in catchy ditties such as 'We Are Vegetarian'.

PUSHING PUSSY RECORDS - 2007-2010

The creation of a record label was a natural progression from The Fairies Band. In 2007 Tinsel, Twinkle, Sparkle and Lindsay Lights launched Pushing Pussy Records.  The label specialised in 7" vinyl and featured acts with at least one lady in the band.  The aim of the label was to provide a platform for female musicians.  They also had a monthly residency, first at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch, then Vibe Bar on Brick Lane and finally The Blues Kitchen in Camden.  Bands supported by the label included The Lovebirds, The Palpitations, Emily Breeze, The Millipedes, The Johnsons, The Dirty Backbeats, Black Helium, The Fucks, Squirrel Skin Slippers and The Vulgarians (amongst many others!).

Photography by Uslan Cevet

Photography by Uslan Cevet