Camille O'Sullivan has carved out a name for herself as a musical chameleon, capable of transforming effortlessly on stage into whatever persona she likes.
Having signed up for a production of Georg Buchner's Woyzeck at the Abbey theatre, she also has a gig coming up at the Olympia theatre in November. It's big league stuff, but to hear Camille tell it, her career in music might never happened, save for an accident in her youth.
"I've never been trained as a singer," Camille explained. "I trained as an architect and I lectured in UCD." But when the Cork-raised singer was involved in a serious car accident in her 20s, it made her realise that she should pursue her dreams of music, no matter at what cost. "When the car accident happened, it made things clear," she said. "To move towards the things you're scared of is what you should do."
Camille's music choices on the show were largely inspired by her teenage years in boarding school in Cork (where she dated a certain Mario Rosenstock). Albums from the likes of The Cure and Pink Floyd left a lasting impression on her, and she continues to be entranced by Kate Bush. "I remember being startled hearing her. She drew me into a world, her world," Camille said.
Listen back to the show in full below:
1. Kate Bush 'Wuthering Heights'
2. Wanderly Wagon theme song
3. Pink Floyd 'Wish You Were Here'
4. The Beatles 'In My Life'
5. The Cure 'A Forest'
6. Nick Cave 'Into My Arms'
7. David Bowie 'Moonage Daydream'
8. Specials 'Ghost Town'
9. Jacque Brel 'Ne Me Quitte Pas'
10. Bob Dylan 'Hurricane'
11. Debussy 'Clair de Lune'