Hello and welcome! Things are busy at Brandy HQ at the moment, and I’ll be producing my first show in December at the Adam Smith Kirkcaldy. I’ve selected a wonderful cast of some of the brightest stars in burlesque and cabaret for your entertainment for one night only on 9th Dec – don’t miss it!
I’m also working on a new act which will debut at London Burlesque Festival 2017 in minus 13 days and counting! It’s all hands on deck.
I made my international debut back in January in Athens, and I have a blog entry in the pipeline to fill you in on all the adventures I had out there. I was lucky enough to share this experience with John Celestus, Markee de Saw and Tina Warren – all of whom I now count as some of my closest friends.
I better get back to it – why not check out my shows page using the menu at the top and come join me for a show near you soon? It would be lovely to see you.
Over the past few months I’ve been very busy! I performed in London Burlesque Festival in May (which was an amazing experience) and then came back for round two at the Encore Edition of the London Burlesque Festival on 11th June. In the meantime I had a photoshoot with CSD Images (check out the gallery to see the resulting images) to promote their new studio in Dundee and have another shoot lined up on 18th July.
Things just kept getting better when last weekend hit! I took part in the Tiny Tassel Off Glasgow at the Riding Room on Friday and had a ball performing for a great crowd and a panel of lovely judges (Miss Leggy Pee and Rachel Atlas). Fireball went down a treat and I managed to place 3rd against some very stiff competition, so I’m very pleased with that result! Congratulations again to the very well deserved winner Tallulah Belle and 2nd place winner Innocence Bliss. The level of competition was so high, I didn’t envy the judges.
Then came Burlesque Idol on Saturday night. It was fantastic to be part of a major professional competition that was run so smoothly. Tempest Rose, Lola LaBelle, the Folly Mixtures, Gypsy Charms, Miss Hell’s Belle and Poppy Fields were all great to work with and brought some amazing charm and skill to the Classic Grand stage. Every competitor did really well – and it was lovely to meet some new faces backstage and hang out with some familiar ones too. I learnt all about the Norwegian burlesque scene from Miss Chan Delier (who performed a brilliant feminist act), chatted a lot to the very talented Raven Rose and marvelled at the beautiful costumes of Ruby Trix (our costumes combined made a beautiful rainbow of ostrich feathers!) I performed my Fireball act again and gave it my all with some new moves and tricks added in. I had a blast onstage and the audience were loving it, and the judges also gave really positive feedback.
When it came to the curtain call I didn’t expect to win so I went on in my full costume, with my headdress included. When Tempest called my name out I couldn’t believe it – I was overjoyed. The tiara was slotted loosely into my headdress and I worked it as best I could, along with a robe over my shoulders and a bottle of champagne! Again the competition was of a very high standard so I’m honoured to have won – thank you to everyone involved, to the judges and to the audience for choosing me as your Burlesque Idol Scottish heat winner! I can’t wait for the finals at the Hippodrome Casino in London on 25th November.
Header photos are by Jamie McFadyen, Loraine Ross and Rob Scott
I’ve put all two of my current acts up on one handy page (https://brandymontmartre.com/acts), wahey! Go take a look at that page for info about each act, images and video links. I finally filmed my Fireball act at Chaz Royal’s Burlesque Ball in Glasgow on Saturday, and I had a brilliant time performing. Here it is, check out my shimmytastic routine in action:
I had a photoshoot with Loraine Ross Photography a couple of weeks ago too and you can find the photos in the gallery. I’ve also got a few big bits of news brewing that I’m going to sit on for now, but will share with you soon!
Things have been busy here at Brandy HQ, I’ve been performing at the Riding Room, writing a guest blog for House of Trixie Blue and I had a photoshoot with the gorgeous Hettie Heartache in Edinburgh on Friday. I’m also gearing up to perform in the London Burlesque Festival in May. Phew! If you fancy coming along to see me perform in London, it promises to be one helluva show – I’ll be in the Burlesque Ball on 14th May. As a special treat, you can get exclusive 2-for-1 tickets at the London Burlesque Festival site when you enter the code ‘FRIEND’ at the Ticketweb checkout. It would be fantastic to see you there. Moving on from my subtle plug… 😉
I made my way to Glasgow on 25th Feb to perform in Roxy’s Round-Up: Cabaret Showcase and I had a brilliant time. You can find photos from that night in the Gallery. It was lovely to meet Roxy Stardust (she’s a good laugh) and hang out backstage with Tallulah Belle and Miss Dancelicious (and the rest of the Riding Room team).
Since my last update I’ve also made an impromptu performance in the Burlesque Ball Middlesbrough, which was my first two act slot in a big show. It was amazing performing with Kiki DeVille, Trixie Blue, Ebony Silk and Scarlet Rose – I loved every second of it and we all got along really well. The Middlesbrough Empire is absolutely gorgeous too, with Art Nouveau decor inside and a massive stage.
Trixie invited me to guest blog about the benefits of burlesque lessons, and I jumped at the chance. Training can really work wonders, if you’re thinking of taking lessons and fancy a read you can find my post here.
Finally I got to shoot with Hettie Heartache on Friday, and she is a very talented person indeed! We spent most of the day taking photos to the sound of Post Modern Jukebox, which was sometimes really funny – ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ anyone? I can’t wait to share the photos with you very soon.
I think that’s all for now. My next gig is on 19th March in Glasgow at the Burlesque Ball. If you’d like to come to see my huge showgirl headdress in action, if for nothing else, then you can get £10 tickets on Wowcher at the moment – with a deal like that, how can you resist?
I’m Brandy Montmartre, a burlesque performer based close to Edinburgh, Scotland. Here you’ll find photos, news and updates on shows, as well as some thoughts on what it’s like to be a newcomer in the world of burlesque, including advice on costuming and skills. Thanks for visiting, and feel free to explore – just use the handy menu on the right!