Koko - second show

A picture from Roisin's Koko show on Wednesday night, her second date in the London club. As always, you can find more pictures on flickr.com.

I attended this show myself and can tell you that Roisin was her amazing self throughout. I'm no good at doing reviews so I won't even attempt to write one. Besides, I feel art should be enjoyed rather than discussed!

However, I will tell you my personal highlights of the show (in no particular order):

(1) The Moloko-esque live version of Footprints - a perfect blend of soul and electro.

(2) Roisin's cape 'floating' in the air during Overpowered. It perfectly suits the song's airiness.

(3) Roisin rapping on The Truth. It took me (and many others) by complete surprise. She pulled it off really well. Not only as a singer Roisin's voice is a force to be reckoned with!

(4) Forever More - the Francois K version is beautifully understated. A fine reminder of Roisin's Moloko years.

Guardian review Koko show

Few acts put on a show like Roisin Murphy. Aided by a selection of capes, shades and fabulous hats, she plays a disco diva, an ice queen and a chic sophisticate, remaining immaculately coiffed throughout. Movie Star opens with a seated, silhouetted Murphy crooning an a cappella phrase from Somewhere Over the Rainbow before launching into her own song with uninhibited panache. Neither Murphy's trademark robotic shimmying nor her inability to stay still for more than a few seconds at a time have been slowed by her recent serious eye injury, sustained on stage in Moscow, and her energy doesn't flag once during a two-hour set.

Parallels with Gwen Stefani spring to mind. Both are platinum blond erstwhile frontwomen of acts who made waves late in their career (Stefani with No Doubt, Murphy with Moloko); both are fond of offbeat couture and terrific dance beats; both are commanding performers. Murphy's career has been characterised so far by flirtations with straightforward pop, but with her penchant for experimental electronic tangents, she has mostly ended up playing hard to get. On Overpowered, the revelation is how wholly she has given in to pop's embrace while retaining her natural eccentricity, and this translates superbly to the stage. Thunderous beats betray Murphy's background in the 1990s house scene and threaten to turn the venue into a rave-up; it's impossible not to dance.

Perhaps Murphy's most underrated quality, though, is her voice - a deeply soulful instrument that ebbs and flows serenely above the music. It comes into its own during the gorgeous torch ballad Tell Everybody: as stars of light dot the venue, Murphy pleads and aches with longing, effortlessly finding the heartbeat at the centre of her glamorous disco tumult.

From today's Guardian.

Koko concert review

Here's a great review of "Radiant Roisin's" Koko gig on Tuesday from the London Lite evening paper:

Poised somewhere between Goldfrapp's robotic dominatrix, only leavened with a lighter sense of humour, and the free-flowing eccentricities of Bjork, Roisin Murphy is on a definite mission. "I'm here to entertain you," she declares before launching into the lightly paranoid walking funk of Checking On Me, and there's no doubting the success of the one-time Moloko singer in her ambitions.

Draped by curvy blonde Veronica Lake tresses, at the thunderous climax of the Eurythmicy-layered synths of Overpowered (her new album's title track) Murphy grabs one of her many hats - there are enough during the evening to do Ascot's royal enclosure proud - and flips it over into a mask less arresting than comical.

Yes, it looks dumb, yet the moment proves Murphy's willingness to surrender everything to the show, her rough-shod groove more concerned with energy than Goldfrapp's choreographed perfection.

She harks back to Moloko with that anthemic declaration of the need for love, Forever More, then soars high with the joyous command of Let Me Know. Not everything comes off: on Scarlet Ribbons Murphy can't quite reach down deep enough to wrench the would-be bluesy soul to full 3-D life.

Her true voice comes in Tell Everybody's exquisite, precise pop, and the rocktastic electro stomp of Movie Star, its riff gloriously, shamelessly purloined from Pulp's Common People. "You'll be the director, I'll be the movie star," she insists, and, standing before us in the fluffiest pink afghan coat anyone ever saw, she shimmers as stellar as the song demands, yet as invitingly approachable as your dancefloor neighbour.


Koko last night

Roisin in Koko, London last night. There are some more amazing pictures from the show here.

Q-Music radio interview

Roisin's studio interview with Wim Oosterlinck of Belgian radio channel Q-Music from last week. They talk about shopping, horniness(!) and chocolates.


Roisin on happy/sad disco music

Only a month ago Roisin Murphy toppled over on stage in Moscow and severely damaged her eye socket on a chair. But the fall, which saw her cancel a week of shows on her European tour, is nothing for the accident-prone singer.

"I fell in Australia and broke my arm but didn't realise I'd broken it until I went off stage," she says. "And I fell off a promotional beach ball at a festival in Ireland. It was dark. But I saw blood this time so I thought it was best to leave the stage."

Ticket-holding fans need not worry about her Brighton show, though. In the time since her accident she has recorded a couple of songs for Jools Holland which were broadcast two weeks ago, and performed shows in Milan and Frankfurt.

This tour is in support of her new solo album Overpowered, her second since the break-up of her Moloko partnership with former boyfriend Mark Brydon in 2003.

"It took two years to completely extract ourselves from one another," says Roisin. "We broke up and then we made a record. And then we toured it. There was two years in between the end of Moloko and the end of Moloko, if you like. We had a record to make and a tour to do of that record."

Her first solo album, Ruby Blue, released in 2005, was more experimental, made in collaboration with producer Mathew Herbert.

"His tiny room was crammed with what looked like, to me, NASA space technology," Roisin says. "You could hardly move for old BBC sound equipment - a beautiful Sixties French mixing desk that looked like something from 2001: A Space Odyssey, handbuilt Russian mics and all manner of instruments and objects possessing something sonically particular. I had only ever written songs with Mark Brydon and he had been my boyfriend. I had never before tried to make a record without that kind of support."

"It started with a piece of music made from the sound of scrap books and newspaper articles being ripped up and hit across the microphone. A few months later there was an album. Ruby Blue hasn't sold by the bucketload yet, but I am very proud of it."

This new album sees Roisin return to her dancefloor roots.

"I wanted to make a disco record," she says. "I've always wanted to make a disco record, but it has always gone off in other directions and you go with that, the spirit of experiment. But with this, I wanted to make that disco record. I was in New York a couple of years ago, singing to a crowd I'd danced with years ago at a club where I wrote Sing It Back."

"I went back there and sang Forever More, a Moloko song which had become anthemic to that club three or four years after it was released. It got such a warm reaction, it solidified that thing in me that wanted to get something close to that feeling on record - functional dance music that's emotional as well."

"Disco is about being up one minute and down the next. Disco should uplift as well as giving you a peek into the complexity of life. In a way you shouldn't really be able to feel happy and sad at the same time, or united and alone, but for some reason those tensions are always quite visible or visceral in disco. I suppose they are in every good bit of music. Every good bit of art has got a bit of contradiction in it somewhere along the line but in disco, it's really obvious."

She isn't a regular clubber now but when she does she has her own routine.

"When I do go I dance from the moment I arrive until I leave," she says. "I'm not there to do anything else except to communicate with music. I'm a bit intense though. People don't like going out with me!"

"The album makes me want to dance. I'm proudest of the moments when you really can't help yourself but dance to it, 'cos that's what I set out to do."

From The Argus.



Roisin performing in Hamburg the other night. You can see more pictures from the show here.

Koko competition closed

The Koko competition is now closed. The correct answer was Portobello Road.

The lucky winner of two tickets for Wednesday's show is Antonio from Brixton, London. A big thank you goes out to Roisin's label EMI for providing the tickets.

If you still want to see Roisin live in Koko and don't have a ticket, head over to ebay.co.uk where there are still some available.


Roisin at the STRP Festival

Roisin performing at the STRP Festival in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) in the early hours of this morning. See more pictures from the festival here.

Live & Exclusive

You can now order an exclusive limited edition live recording of Roisin's concert in the Ancienne Belgique from the online store Concert Live, which specialises in official live recordings.

From concertlive.co.uk:

Concert Live are completely thrilled to be producing an exclusive limited edition live tour CD from one of the most exciting, engaging and entertaining female artistes of today – Roisin Murphy.

Only 1,500 copies of this limited edition CD are being made and they're exclusively available through Concert Live. Once they've gone, we won't be able to make any more, so make sure you don't miss out and order your copy now!

Alongside the live CD you can also get your hand on an exclusive downloadable version of new single 'You Know Me Better' remixed by Andy Cato (Groove Armada), only available here.

Murphy's Law on Belgian radio (part 2)

As this blog announced on Wednesday, Roisin presented an hour long show with her favourite songs on Belgian radio on Thursday night.

These are the records she brought along to Studio Brussel.

TV Eye - The Stooges // You Can’t Hide Your Love - David Joseph (Larry Le Van Mix) // Munchies For Your Love - Bootsy Collins // Viola For a De Voda - Edu Lobo // Run Through The Jungle - Creedence Clearwater Revival // Keep On - D-Train // For My People - Missy Elliot // Life Is Something Special - New York Citi Peach Boys // Without You - Touch // Chameleon - Herbie Hancock // My Love Is Getting Stronger - Cliff Nobles // Number One - Patrice Rushan // Ruler of My Heart - Irma Thomas // Alfie - Dionne Warwick

If you want, you can listen to the show online (click on 'Ontdek de songs' to launch the player).


London charity gig

This Sunday, Roisin will be performing at Islington's Union Chapel in London to raise money for Mencap, one of the UK's leading learning disability charities.

You can see the full line up here .

Studio Brussel interview

With no less than two concerts and a radio show to do in the Belgian capital, Roisin even found time for an interview with radio channel Studio Brussel.

Go here to listen to Roisin's chat with presenter Saskia (by clicking on the bold link 'exclusief interview' a media player will launch).

Last night in Amsterdam

Roisin letting her hair down in Paradiso, Amsterdam last night. There are more pictures from the show here.


Roisin's favourites

Marie Claire magazine recently asked Roisin about her favourite music, films and books. These are the answers she came up with:

I remember going to see Sonic Youth perform when I was 13. They picked up Kim Gordon, threw her into the audience and I thought: 'This is the life for me'. The day after I got mad into music. At the moment, I don't stop listening to disco, especially Danny Krivit's edit of Diana Ross' No One Gets the Prize. I love the fact it's all about struggle; I like the aspiration in all things. Another favourite record at the moment is Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. I think she's wonderful.

The Night of the Hunter with Robert Mitchum and Shelley Winters has always been special to me – the river in it reminds me of my hometown of County Wicklow, Ireland. The image of Shelley Winters drowning, with her nightdress flowing in the water, has always stuck with me. That and the bit in Casino, where Sharon Stone sits in the corner of the bank like a mad woman, putting on all these diamonds, are two of my favourite scenes. I also love Reese Witherspoon. There's not exactly classics but I love Legally Blonde and Election and the way she plays those demented characters.

By the age of 15, I'd started my first band. I read The Dice Man by Luke Rhinehart and it really got me thinking about life decisions. More recently, I've started reading A Wild Sheep Chase by Hariku Murakami, which has been translated from Japanese to English. The Way We Wore: A Life in Threats by Robert Elms is also brilliant. The writer shares my passion for clothes and music, from Sixties mod culture to punk and New Romantic.

We are animals

An amazing shot of Roisin at the Ancienne Belgique, Brussels. There's more here!


Koko competition

Both of Roisin's shows in London's Koko club are now sold out. However, thanks to her label EMI this blog is giving away a pair of tickets for the November 28 show to one lucky winner.

To make a chance of winning these tickets all you need to do is answer the following question:

What is Roisin's favourite London shopping street? (Hint: It's NOT Oxford Street.)

Email your answer before Sunday 12.00 (GMT) to hopeless.optimist@yahoo.com.

Good luck!

Peeping Tom: Roisin backstage

One German fan has been a peeping Tom and took these pictures of Roisin backstage in Frankfurt. Roisin is seen in front of her dressing room mirror, warming up her voice and body.

Photo source: the official Roisin Murphy forum.

Murphy's Law on Belgian radio

Roisin hasn't just travelled to the Belgian capital Brussels to give two sell-out shows in the Ancienne Belgique. She will also be spinning her favourite tunes on Belgian radio station Studio Brussel tomorrow night. The one hour Volt - Murphy's Law show starts at 20.00 CET.

Read more about the show here (in Dutch).

On another note: the Overpowered album is still going strong in the Belgian album charts with a number 9 position this week.


Roisin's London

The Evening Standard asked Londoner Roisin about her special relationship with the UK's capital city. She reveals that, if she could be mayor for a day, she would ban the 2012 Olympics and use the money to commission an art centre along the Thames.

Click on the picture to read more!

A junkie for love

This essay on Roisin Murphy The Artist was written by K-Punk from UK Fact Magazine. It's a must-read for any Roisin devotee.

Roisin Murphy is pop's exiled princess of glam. She represents a confection – of disco and art, of sensuousness and intelligence, of sumptuous superficiality and existential anxiety - that once seemed inevitable, but which has now become all but impossible. Where pop culture was once practically synonymous with glam impulse, now it is almost uniformly hostile to it.

It would be a profound mistake to confuse glamour with sex. If sex is ubiquitous and compulsory, glamour is now subtly forbidden. The word 'glamour' originally connoted a witchy power women exercised over men. Whereas the sex object reassures and flatters the lad's gaze it is constituted for, the glamorous object confuses, entrances and captivates. Sex - in all its apparent directness, in all its supposed lack of concealment - is a way of warding off glamour’s ambivalence by assigning determinate meaning ('ah, it's all about that!') to the 'superficial abysses' of the object.

It is not only indie's performance of earnest ingenuousness that rejects the allure of clothes and cosmetics. The continuing total domination of sportswear – encouraged both by the 'equity culture' of loose fit anti-fashion put in place by acid house in the late Eighties, and by hip-hop's in-equity culture of conspicuous bling – means that 00s pop culture is dominated by a kind of morose maleness, which – depressive and depressing - is profoundly suspicious of the power of image.

That quotidian functionalism is today's equivalent of the agrarian organicism from which Seventies glam revolted into style. Glam repudiated hippie's 'nature' in the name of artifice; disdained its fugged, bleary vision of equality for an aristocratic insistence upon hierarchy; rejected its unscrubbed beardiness in order to cultivate Image. But glam was not a repudiation of egalitarianism per se so much as a rejection of a certain rendition of what equality was supposed to mean. The demand in glam was for a kind of aristocratic proletarianism. The art-pop of Roxy Music, Grace Jones and the New Romantics emerged out of a triangulation of art, pop and fashion. Pop allowed the mass distribution of art; fashion was the invasion of art into everyday life. The production of oneself as an object, a pure surface, was a work of art and artifice. Art pop was also about an unlearning of rock’s instrumentation and structure and a cultivation of a romance with the synthesizer and the dancefloor. The wooing of the dancefloor was reciprocated by disco: Chic's ambition was to be the 'black Roxy Music'.

Ever since she began her career with Moloko, Roisin Murphy, with her love of dressing up and disco, has been one of current pop's few points of connections with this glam discontinuum. Moloko's name – which, famously, was a reference to Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange, whose montage of violence, fashion and electronic music had an impact on Seventies glam pop too great to begin to calculate -indicated the group's affinities. But, in the beginning, Moloko's jazzy trip-hop act did not seem especially propitious, and it was only with Boris Dlugosch' shimmering remix of Sing it Back in 1999 that a seductive sound concept emerged out of an inchoate tangle of good intentions.

Sing it Back was a lustrous paean to the siren power of song itself, a vision of rhapsody as romance, and romance as rhapsody; it was about the allure of supplication, subordination and surrender, the appeal of being 'a zombie' under the total power of the Other. The Time is Now, from 2000's Things to Make and Do, its disco strings simulating the lover's urgency, was similarly about 'giving up oneself' to love, its injunction to 'make the moment last' shadowed by an awareness of the butterfly-wing fragility of romance's first flush. The brutalist Indigo was fascinatingly cryptic, a moment of weird pop made more mysterious by its Hammer Horror country house-set video in which a catatonic Murphy played a meat puppet at the centre of a bizarre occult summoning ritual.

2003's Statues saw Moloko's sound becoming more sleek, slinky and machine-like. The string-driven Familiar Feeling, about love as fatality and uncanny repetition, was a kind of sequel to The Time is Now, another treatment of the theme of love and temporality. Forever More approached this theme, not from the point of view of the bliss-drunk lover, but from the perspective of a romance-parched abject on the look out for 'someone to love'. If Sing it Back, The Time is Now and Familiar Feelings were about dilating new love's evanescence, Forever More, with its massive house bass throb, was about the dejected and rejected lover's sense that desolation would never end.

It always seemed that the best aspects of Moloko were Murphy's doing, so when the group fragmented after Statues, there was every reason to believe that her glam pop adventures would continue. Her debut solo album, Ruby Blue was a luxuriant fusion of Murphy's sensibility with that of avant-jazz producer Matthew Herbert. Herbert's pointillistic jazz provided a cubist cabaret backing for Murphy's modern torch songs. The album seemed to come from an alternative history in which rock played little part and Weimar Berlin decadence was the dominant mode of popular culture.

If Ruby Blue was a gloriously avant-garde take on Murphy's jazz/pop side, but this year's Overpowered is a return to disco. The album draws upon the whole 'Discontinuum': Moroder-esque pulses, Anita Ward-style syndrums, DAF-like electro bass, house's stately sensuality and acid's looping machine-plateaus. The title track, one of the singles of the summer, saw Murphy trying to fathom love's neurological destabilization, its overwhelming of the brain's capacity to think, whilst being debilitated by its intoxicating condition. The quietly gorgeous Footprints, its syndrums shimmering like stars at midnight, once again casts Murphy in the familiar role of 'a junkie for love'.

Overpowered – which Murphy wrote and co-produced with a number of collaborators – shows that Murphy has lost none of her ability to turn out addictive pop songs with a lovely synthetic sheen. And as her promotional appearances for the album have amply demonstrated, age has not withered any of Murphy's enthusiasm for preposterous costume and erotic masquerade. Perhaps only Gwen Stefani continues to follow glam pop's imperatives towards excessive and absurd self-decoration with the same dedication. But Stefani has yet to produce a song as memorable as Overpowered, The Time is Now or Sing it Back.

Frankfurt last night

Two pictures from Roisin's show in Batschkapp, Frankfurt last night. You can see more here.


News: Rescheduled tour dates

All concert that were cancelled as a result of Roisin's stage accident in Moscow have now been rescheduled for early next year. But there's more: some extra dates have been added to the tour.

These are all the dates:

22 January: Berlin, Germany
23 January: Berlin, Germany
24 January: Prague, Czech Republic
25 January: Krakow, Poland
26 January: Warsaw, Poland
28 January: Riga, Latvia
29 January: Tallin, Estonia
30 January: Helsinki, Finland


Arjan & Roisin podcast

Last month Roisin was interview by the music blog Arjan Writes. You can now download a complete 34 minute podcast of the interview from Arjan Writes' music blog.

The audio footage was only slightly edited for clarity and the interviewer's voice was not cut out. Arjan did this for a reason: "The things Roisin had to say have more value and meaning in their entire context".

Click here to download this great interview.

Jools Holland - Primitive

Jools Holland - You Know Me Better

These shoulder pads were clearly designed for wide screen televisions!


Jools Holland backstage interview

Find out more at bbc.co.uk/later

This interview with a radiant looking Roisin took place backstage at Later with Jools Holland. Enjoy!

Roisin on Jools last night

Roisin Murphy performed two songs on the BBC Two show Later with Jools Holland last night. She sang You Know Me Better, most likely the next single to be released from the Overpowered album, and Primitive, another favourite from the album.


Ciao ciao Milano!

This gorgeous picture was taken at Roisin's show in Milan the other night. There's more here.

Subscribe Now

All you Roisin devotees and faithful blog readers can now subscribe to my Roisin Murphy RSS feed, which will keep you updated on the latest posts. Click here to subscribe now. It costs neither a penny nor a cent.

A big thank you goes out to Vicky of the wonderful blog Green Girls Global, who suggested this to me.

Jools Holland - Tonight!

Roisin is interrupting her European tour to drop by on the renowned music show Later with Jools Holland to sing a few melodies.

The show will air tonight on BBC Two at 23.35. See here for more.


Sophie's choice

According to various sources, Sophie Ellis-Bextor has chosen Off and On as one of the two new tracks on her greatest hits compilation, due for release in March next year.

The Calvin Harris/Cathy Dennis track was originally written for the Overpowered album. Roisin decided not to use the track because "it didn't fit with the rest of the record". Subsequently the song was re-recorded by Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

In spite of Roisin's rejection of the track, which leaked a few months ago, it proves to be quite popular with readers of this blog. Poll results show that it is the favourite b-side/outtake from the Overpowered recording sessions.

This is what Roisin has to say about the possibility of the song becoming a huge hit for Sophie: "If it makes a global No.1 obviously I'll be a little pissed off, but I knew it didn't suit me".

Ciao Milano!

Two pictures of Roisin performing in Milan last night. You can see more photos of the show here.


Roisin on the accident and the next single

Music site Popjustice spoke with Roisin about her recent accident in Moscow. Considering Roisin was at home in London during the interview, it must have taken place some time last week.

Roisin also reveals that You Know Me Better might be the next single...


How are you feeling?
Oh, I’m alright.

Are you at home with something on your face?
Yes. My mum's come over to look after me which is a bit distressing because she's cleaning my house in sexy underwear. It got hot so she stripped off. Recently they've opened a TK Maxx near our house so she's gone and bought underwear. So I've got that going on in my house.

TX Maxx is very useful for pots, pans and luggage, we find...
Yes. Now I believe you have some questions for me.

Yes. Did you smash your face up on purpose?

But I probably will die on stage given the amount of accidents I bloody have there. Although if you print that I'll never get insurance again! I fell in Australia and broke my arm but didn't realise I'd broken it until I went off stage, and I fell of a promotional beach ball at a festival in Ireland. It was dark. But I saw blood this time so I thought it was best to leave the stage.

Did you realise how serious it was when it happened?
I lay down and continued the gig lying down. I elevated my foot. My mother said that I was always the same – I never fell down stairs, I always fell up them.

Does it still hurt?
It's not too bad now, the swelling's gone down.

Did you hear a crunching noise when it happened?
No. Don't be so horrible!

We're just gathering the details Roisin. So then you went to hospital...
Yeah, we went to Moscow A&E which was, er, interesting. It was very quiet. It was Saturday night and there was nobody there. I couldn't understand it. There was just one person in a room coughing loudly, which sounded like the cough of Hell. Then they sent me to the American hospital and the man there said 'look, you're probably better off going home and getting a proper plastic surgeon to stitch up the hole in your eyebrow'. It's not a good look.

Maybe it would be a good image for the next album campaign?
Oh it's going to be so camp, isn’t it, when I go back on stage with a big injury? There won't be a dry eye in the house. Can I just say that I'm absolutely mortified that my fans bought tickets for shows which have been cancelled. It's the worst thing for an act like me, to have to cancel a show. I'm just devastated.

Your fans are an understanding lot. What's the next single going to be?
Not sure yet. What do you think?

A bit of Movie Star?
Well, I think we're going for the one which is mostly loved by people...

Movie Star!
...which is You Know Me Better.

Hm... Anyway, get well soon!
Thank you! Bye!

Roisin in Mannheim last night

These pictures were taken during Roisin's show in Mannheim last night. Note the medical tape above her left eye, probably to cover the stitches.

You can view larger versions of the pictures here.

News: Strasbourg show cancelled

Bad new for some French fans: Roisin Murphy's show in Strasbourg's La Laiterie Club on the 14th of November has been cancelled.

At the moment it is not clear as to why the show has been cancelled or if it will be rescheduled.


A picture from the Vienna show

Video: Forever More from Vienna

I don't usually post shaky and blurry concert videos but I didn't want you to miss out on this one. It shows Roisin and her band performing the Moloko dance-floor classic Forever More in Vienna's Arena on Sunday. It leaves no doubt of her full and speedy recovery!


Mrs Robinson inspires Roisin

Roisin spoke to dance music magazine Mixmag about clothes, shopping and her Mrs Robinson hairdo:

"My obsession with vintage clothes started very young because my mum was an antique dealer. I used to go with her to antique fares and jumble sales. From the age of 14 I was dressed in 60s clothes.

I take inspiration from films, but less the actresses and more the glamorous roles they play, like Sharon Stone in 'Casino' and the actress in 'The Graduate' - I have my hair styled on her at the moment.

Hunting for clothes is an escape - a way to take my mind off the gig that I'm doing or the song that I'm writing. I love shopping for jewellery in Australian pawn shops and there's a great store in London called Rellik, which sells ace stuff. But I do wear new stuff too. I don't just go round like some sort of antique. I mix it up!"

She's back with a bang

Just one week after her unfortunate accident during a show in Moscow, Roisin Murphy delivered a great performance in Munich last night.

The audience at Backstage Werk was thrilled to see Roisin back in full force. As one German fan said: "Roisin put on a great show in Munich. No need to worry, she's back in full effect!"

Roisin resumed her European tour after five days of rest at home in London. She will be performing at the Arena in Vienna tonight.


Where does Roisin shop?

UK fashion and style monthly Elle asked Roisin where she does her shopping. We're not talking groseries here! These are her 'secret haunts':

Car boot sale
Arklow, Ireland

When I visit my family, I always think I'm going to be good and I won't shop. Then I end up going to the car boot sale with my Mum and buying things I don't need.

B Store, London, UK

This boutique on Saville Row sells clothes by brilliant new designers such as Roksanda Ilinic and Camilla Staerk. It's always worth a browse.

Balharbour shops, Miami, US
This is a great mall. I have a friend in New York who works as a personal shopper and she says it's the best mall in America. It's got everything from Cartier to Valentino.

Liberty, London, UK
I love the range of designers in this department store.

Meatpacking district, New York, US
I love all the boutiques here - they choose items from loads of different designers. The department stores in New York are too big. I much prefer these little shops.

Coming soon - by public demand: the Elle interview with Roisin.


Who's a dear?

These two pictures were taken during Roisin's recent photo shoot with German photographer Thomas Schweigert, pictured on the right. Several pictures from the shoot appeared in German publications during the past month.

Visit Thomas Schweigert's website at www.purephotography.de.