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Volupte - Holly Penfield mixes cabaret with burlesque

Holly Penfield

Preview by Jack Foley

POPULAR San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Holly Penfield can be seen at London’s Volupté on June 23, 30 and July 7, offering an enticing mix of cabaret and burlesque.

For those who’ve not heard of Volupté , the Vaudeville-style venue is located in the backstreets of Chancery Lane and offers a world of pleasure and exquisite delight, where anything goes.

A dimly lit upstairs cocktail bar offers visitors the chance to smoke cigars and watch old movie clips, while the downstairs cabaret salon/restaurant enables guests to vamp it up downstairs in a series of cutaway, hand-painted booths.

Entertainment comes in the form of jazz bands, rock bands, musicians and cabaret singers, 1920s flapper dancers, comedy, Burlesque and Vaudeville extravaganzas – all with a sexy edge.

Holly Penfield is one of the most popular attractions at Volupte, thanks to her distinctive voice, good looks and cheeky style.

The quintessential California girl ­- blonde, sunny and kooky – Holly has played piano from a young age, admiring the work of Joni Mitchell, Carole King and Laura Nyro.

Working in the Los Angeles music market, she recorded albums that were subsequently released worldwide. Songs from that stage of her career are reprised in her shows in tandem with songs more recently sung by her alternate persona ­- a scorching jazz diva wearing a black bobbed wig and near-burlesque costumes!

If she looks like she plays Las Vegas, it’s because she does! Holly Penfield is a popular attraction at private parties in Caesar’s Palace and other deluxe hotels.

But she has also been a regular fixture in London and Europe, having played in our capital’s plush Savoy Hotel as well as Café de Paris and in Edinburgh at the 16th Century Celtic Lodge, a Masonic temple seeped with a sense of history, mysticism and secret society.

According to Tim Rice, “Holly Penfield is more than one fine diva ­ she’s a whole host of them, and they all look wonderful and sound sensational!”

Holly’s dates in full…

Friday, June 23 – Cabaret star Mr Dusty Limits, described by Backstage (New York) as ‘the New Age Noel Coward’, joins Ms Holly Penfield. Dusty is a razor-tongued, golden-voiced singer and comic. Round two follows in two weeks’ time. 8pm – late. A £10 cover charge will be added to your bill.

Friday, June 30 – A special showcase from Holly and her fabulous band, who will quite simply take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. 8pm – late. A £10 cover charge will be added to your bill.

7 – 9 Norwich Street
Tel: 020 7831 1622/020 7831 1677