Has clearly got a lot of personality and vision.”

— Steve Hillier, Record Producer and Singer Songwriter

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Annika Brown is a cabaret artist and writer of genre-leaping, rock and blues-infused, literate songs. Expect a tightrope walk between darkness and hope, between playful wickedness and tales of trials and triumphs. Her new album, The Devil's Storybook was released on November 2, 2017.

In the new year there will be a tour of her show, The Devil's Storybook Experience - a thought provoking musical journey, half play and half cabaret, the trial run of which has been enthusiastically received so far.

"Annika Brown had hit on something special ... It is going to get hotter in more ways than one! ****” — Sascha Cooper, reviewer



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The Devil's Storybook Experience

Printer's Playhouse, 49A Grove Road, Eastbourne BN21 4TX

A musical journey through hell and back again. Be entertained, seduced and moved.

A show, half cabaret and half play, blending (mostly) original music by singer/songwriter Annika Brown and poems from “From the Devil’s Pulpit” by John Agard.

Expect a hell of a ride.

Downstairs, free

The Devil's Storybook Experience (Album Release Party)

Rialto Theatre, 11 Dyke Road, Brighton

To celebrate the long awaited release of "The Devil's Storybook" you'll be treated to an audience with the Devil.

“I’m always in touch with my demons; you never know when their assistance is needed.” Efrat Cybulkiewicz

Get in touch with your inner demon - dressing up welcome but optional - and let yourself be thrilled! It’s time to celebrate the dark side, the shadow - so that the world might not need to become a stage for it. It’s also time to launch “The Devil’s Storybook”, which will be presented to you by the Devil herself.

You’re in for a unique experience: a musical journey through hell and back again. (Your ears will be in heaven, though.) Expect to be unsettled, seduced and moved. 
Somewhere between cabaret and a play you will meet the devil, wrapped up in music and a selection of entertaining poems from John Agard’s “From the Devil’s Pulpit”.

A sympathetic portrait of him, who is “part of the power which would/ the evil ever do/ And ever does the good.” (Goethe, Faust)

The devil doesn’t only have all the good tunes, but is also throwing in a complimentary drink, free fiendish snacks, a costume competition, and there’ll be a diabolic cocktail menu available at the bar. The devil is also planning a few surprises, but would not tell us at the time this was written.

John Agard

A unique and energetic force in contemporary British poetry, John Agard's poems combine acute social observation, puckish wit and a riotous imagination to thrilling effect. In 2012, he was selected for the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

The Devil

An archetypal figure whose lineage reaches back into antiquity. Mostly not as black as he’s/she’s painted.

“This thing of darkness I acknowledge mine.” - William Shakespeare

“We are each our own devil, and we make this world our hell.” - Oscar Wilde

“Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, it’s just god when he’s drunk” - Tom Waits

The Road to Hell (Is Paved with Good Tunes)

Bar Loco, 22 Leazes Park Rd,, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4PG

A musical journey through hell and back again. Be entertained, seduced and moved.

A show, half way between cabaret and a play, blending (mostly) original music by Annika Brown and poems from “From the Devil’s Pulpit” by John Agard.

Expect a hell of a ride.


Uckfield Festival

A Date with the Devil

All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes BN7 2LE

A Date with the Devil - (Charity Event)

"I am always in touch with my demons: you never know when their assistence is needed." Efrat Cybulkiewicz

And this is why I felt the need for this event - for one night let's meet the devil, have fun and do something positive to help battle some of the grim and truly awful things in the world.

"A Date with the Devil" is a charity event, with the proceeds going to Lewes Actions for Refugees.

I will be teetering between light and darkness, sharing some songs from my upcoming album, some new material, some old songs. A couple of songs so old they're not even mine. And all of it framed by a sprinkling of poems from John Agard's "From the Devil's Pulpit." Obviously I'll be dressed for the occasion...

www.annikabrown.net "Very evocative." Phil Jackson, BBC South

Joining me on the night will be Adrienne Thomas and David Stevenson with an excerpt from their show "A Murder of Ravens". Tales from the dark side of the ironing board.

A series of characters tell their stories of unfulfilled dreams, revenge, murder and the magic of ravens...

"An Intense performance with depth, humour, pathos, melancholy and joy. Her voice ranges from sledgehammer to feather fan." Arthur Brown (God of Hellfire)


Expect some darkness, a lot of fun, music, stories and a bar. Fancy dress definitely encouraged.

"Now that we've all been introduced, Why not mingle, hang loose, be seduced." (John Agard)

Friday, June 9th, 2017 All Saints Centre, Lewes Admission £12/£8 Proceeds going to Lewes Actions for Refugees

Overhead Wires Music Presents "The Secret Level" Annika Brown + Support

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Brunswick Pub, 1-3 Holland Road, Hove BN3 1JF

"The Secret Level" is all about showcasing a range of colourful and upbeat acoustica - ranging from pop, folk, funk, country and lyrical - within the atmospheric candle-lit hidden gem of The Brunswick's cellar bar.

Support from:

ROMARNI BRYTZ Romarni s a 19 year old folk Singer/Songwriter and musician from Essex, with diverse influences as James Taylor, Carol King and Eminem. www.facebook.com/romarnibrytz

JINNWOO Jinnwoo's sound is sparse, dark folk, drawing on influences such as Joanna Newsom and Leonard Cohen. Previously Jinnwoo has supported Ghostpoet, Alt-J, Willy Mason and Lucy Rose. The Independent also named him amongst the top 10 artists to watch for 2015. www.facebook.com/jinnwoo

Doors: 8pm

Tickets: Free Entry

Venue: The Brunswick (Cellar Bar), 1-3 Holland Road, Hove, BN3 1JF www.thebrunswick.net

Contact Info: info@overheadwiresmusic.com

Age Restrictions: 18+

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