Biography Martyn Jacques (U.K.)

Martyn Jacques, the founder of The Tiger Lillies, spent much of his early years living above a brothel in London's Soho. His songs describe (in lurid detail) pimps, prostitutes, drug addicts, losers and other unsavoury characters. He wrote the music for Shockheaded Peter and won an Olivier Award for Best Supporting Performance in a Musical for his memorable role in the work. He is currently working on several theatrical projects.

The Tiger Lillies defy any singular description and operate within their own eccentric definitions. Formed in 1989, they tour the world both with various theatre productions as Shockheaded Peter, Circa or Tiger Lillies Circus, and by themselves, developing a dedicated following from New York and San Francisco in the US to St Petersburg in Russia.