Bringing theatrical and technical possibilities to an agile frontier, Jessie Pie & The Thorn harnesses a passion for the glamour and pomposity of rock while affirming a shared commitment to making fresh, bold, sensational live music.
Jessie Pie & The Thorn, aka Jessie Pie and Chris Thorn, met one evening when they were both independently fly-postering by a dazzling vegetable display at a grocery shop in Hornsey. They hooked up professionally via Facebook and subsequently began working on Jessie’s songs, much to the irate pleasure of local townsfolk.
Like a rampant English Rose spiked with ribald country-bluesish Americana, rock and funk, Jessie Pie & The Thorn (www.facebook.com/JessiePieTheThorn) is a raunchy merge of musical talent that showcases winsome originals by Jessie Pie. The combination of Chris’s guitar-playing (he plays a Telecaster or a vintage Gretsch) and Jessie's powerful, foxy vocals, flamboyant costumerie and visceral on-stage presence results in a musical coup-de-théâtre that is as entertaining to hear as it is to behold. A sacred union of princess-and-the-pea proportions, embedding guitar and vocals in a glorious four-poster stronghold of Blues, Rock, funk, and (most importantly), Fun. BIO’S
Jessie Pie made her musical debut on the London burlesque scene nearly ten years ago, and has since fronted a host of bands, duo and trio projects including London band “Elephant Shelf” (www.elephantshelf.com) and associated trio “The Cleavage of Death”, while continuing with her own brand of solo cabaret both independently and through the “Ministry of Burlesque”. She has recorded and played live with Alabama 3 and played a number of reputable London venues including Madame Jojo’s, The Cobden Club, Hoxton Hall and The Troubadour in Earl’s Court. As well as “Jessie Pie & The Thorn”, she currently performs regular gigs with her trio, “The Pie Trio” (www.facebook.com/ThePieTrio), and as “Pie & Bajtala”, with Hungarian pianist Janos Bajtala.
Chris Thorn moved to London from Hastings when he was18 years old. After working with various blues and swing R ‘n’ B bands, London’s ‘90’s acid-jazz craze led him to North London jazz-funk band “Tribeca” and “The Jazzhearts” (http://www.jazzhearts.com/Home.htm). This was followed by a 10-year spell spent touring and playing the Glastonbury Jazz World stage, supporting “The Yellow Jackets”, recording an album live at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and playing top venues including The Jazz Café and the 606 Club. Having worked with some of London’s busiest function bands from the late 90’s, Chris has also worked for Arclite Productions in Ladbroke Grove as a session guitarist and for “Mint Royale”, whose single “Singing in the Rain” went to Number One in the UK charts. His JP & TT collaboration witnesses the glorious coalescence of all these years in a manner not dissimilar to atomic combustion, only eleven times hotter.