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This page features musicians who have appeared at steampunk events. It also includes steampunk-related theatrical groups.
A Halo Called Fred — "The greatest guitar, bass, violin, and Tupperware band in the history of all time and space. Gracing the New Jersey geek community with their catchy, funny, and unabashedly irreverent music for over 25 years." Location: New Brunswick, NJ.
Abney Park — One of the original steampunk bands. Based in Seattle.
Alice's Night Circus — A one-woman musical act. Her sound is described as “a blend of apocalyptic fairy-tale steampop with a touch of the circus.” She frequently performs at steampunk events in the UK.
Bellow Wing — Multi-instrumentalist who mostly plays accordion. Her influences include "Eastern European folk, 80’s synth pop, EDM and punk." Location: Bellingham, WA.
Biscuithead & the Biscuit Badgers — This band from Leeds often plays at steampunk events in the UK. The lineup includes vocals, ukulele, piano, tuba, and drums.
Captain of the Lost Waves — The Captain has a sound described as “nu vaudeville and folk opera.” He frequently performs at steampunk events in the UK.
Cascadian Airship — This band from Portland, Oregon describes its sound as follows: "A combination of folk music from various parts of the world including Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean and the middle east, mixed with jazz and blues of the 1920s and 30s and rock music of the 50s through 70s, like surf and punk." Influences include Gogol Bordello, Devotchka, Chervona, Tom Waits, Dropkick Murphys, and The Dolomites. They've performed at GearCON, the steampunk convention in Portland.
Celtica — Six-piece Celtic rock band. Their fourth album, Steamphonia, "takes the listener across time to the Victorian age. . . Celtica transforms this fantastic epoch into music distilled from Gothic, Steampunk, and Metal styles to break all the traditional limits of the Great Highland Bagpipe, and creates a totally new musical context for this majestic instrument." They tour in the U.S. and Europe.
Greg Chapman — An entertainer who frequently performs at steampunk events in the UK. His act includes juggling, comedy, and escapology.
The Cog is Dead — Self-described as "a steampunk band with a bit of a musical identity crisis, playing music of various styles. Their influences range from rock and roll to ragtime to Russian folk music and movie scores." Location: Port Orange, FL.
Coveilance Dance Project — "A group of mad scientist belly dancers who blend various costumes, music, and other dance forms to create hypnotic and sensual experimental dances."
Doc Phineas — Best known for his appearances on the History Channel’s Pawn Stars and other TV programs, Doc Phineas has also been a frequent Master of Ceremonies at steampunk events, including The Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, Missouri. He's based in Las Vegas.
Deakin Hicks — A "collaboration between a composer and an improvisor, an accordionist and a clarinetist, a Mendorite and a Latter Day Soundationist."
DJ VLAD — This steampunk DJ appears in costume at steampunk events, comic cons and Renaissance Faires in Central Florida. VLAD stands for "Very Loud & Dangerous." Location: Orlando.
Diego's Umbrella — This band describes its music as a blend of "Eastern European sounds, marching drums, beautiful harmonies and catchy hooks." Location: San Francisco.
Dogwood — "Dogwood aims to weave historical and wax hysterical in the old-new traditions of mountain men, shantymen, and her fellow men as she tromps acro'st both ancient myth and accidental malady." Based in Seattle.
Dust Bowl Faeries — A "dark-carnival band" with instrumentation that includes accordion, singing saw, ukulele, lap-steel/guitar and percussion. Location: Hudson, NY.
Eli August & The Abandoned Buildings — Eli August describes his sound as "Dark Americana. . . devoted to romantics and those who reflect upon their days with a certain longing for the past." He performs solo or with "an ever-changing East Coast collective called The Abandoned Buildings." Location: Baltimore.
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band — This band "combines the rich musical history of the circus and the vagabond peoples of Europe with the raw energy of avant-garde jazz, the burning heat of funk and the irreverence and fun of today’s Vaudeville for a sound that is somehow familiar yet like no other," according to their own description. Location: Somerville, MA.
Escape the Clouds — "As Escape the Clouds, Mark Rossmore draws from history, imagination, and the world around him to tell unique, narrative songs. His vivid lyrics tell of relatable characters and steampunk-inspired 'worlds that might have been,' all flowing atop an atmospheric foundation of world, electronic, and acoustic sounds." Location: Pensacola, FL.
The Eternal Frontier — Steampunk music from Baron Maximilian Von Zipple and Professor Adam Smasher.
Extraordinary Contraptions — Steampunk rock/neo-classic rock/Steam-prog. From the band's website: "Ranging from silly love songs through dark, seething explorations of power to their characters' own epically orchestrated tales of Victorian-influenced sci-fi, this quartet of aural anachronisms cranks the temporal bi-resonator to eleven for romance, music and science!" They've performed at DragonCon, AnachroCon, World Steam Expo, and other events. Location: Atlanta.
Frenchy and the Punk — "Imagine Siouxsie Sioux and Dee Dee Ramone had a duo that was inspired by Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Toulouse Lautrec and Deepak Chopra."
Hvbris — Fire arts performance.
Ichabod Steam and his Animatronic Band — A frequent performer at steampunk events in the UK. An event organizer described his musical "The Arc of the Spark" as "a bitter-sweet love story of loss, longing, and spare-part surgery, like Frankenstein meets Cinderella in a gin-sodden Chicago Blues Bar."
The League of S.T.E.A.M. — Steampunk-inspired performance group from Los Angeles.
Lee Presson and the Nails — The "John Waters of Jazz." Based in San Francisco.
Littmus Steampunk Band — Steampunk music from Queensland, Australia. They describe themselves as "a band of castoffs let go from around the world. Always keeping an eye out for any easy pickings that may come their way. Occasionally having to move on if the authorities get wind of them."
The Marquis of Vaudeville — Their music is described as "Carnivalesque Rock Theatre" and "Progressive Psychedelic Punk Cabaret." Location: Dallas.
The Men That Will Not Be Blamed for Nothing — This band from London plays "loud punk rock songs about the Victorian era." They've toured the U.S. and UK and have played at festivals and conventions.
Montague Jacques Fromage — "Cogfather of Steampunk Funk/Victorian Rap."
Mr. B The Gentleman Rhymer — "From deepest darkest Surrey, and with a decade of gentlemanly catterwalling under his belt, Mr.B brings you Chap-Hop, re-acquainting Hip-Hop with the Queen's English from whence it came."
Nathaniel Johnstone Band — "Their vibrant sound crosses boundaries and borders, resulting in a blend of Rock, Jazz, Surf, and Folk with a penchant for storytelling and myth-bending." Location: Seattle.
The New Orleans Steamcog Orchestra — A steampunk-inspired musical ensemble from New Orleans. They describe their music as "sophisticated and yet strangely modern sounds of turn-of-the-century ingenuity."
Night Watch Paradox — This steampunk band from Baltimore describes itself as the "musical equivalent of reading 'Treasure Island.'"
Poplock Holmes — Poplock Holmes describes his sound as a "quirky, Victorian-flavored hip-hop known as Chap Hop." It is "the perfect mood music for hunting yeti, taming wild beats, and drinking tea." Location: Los Angeles.
Professor Elemental — The Professor describes his music as "Chap Hop / Steampunk / comedy/ Hip Hop." Londonist described him as "Fast and fluid. . . loveably bonkers." Hometown: Brighton, UK.
Quasimondo Physical Theatre — This Milwaukee-area theatrical group puts on performances that include science-fiction, fantasy and supernatural themes.
The Ragged Blade Band — The band describes itself as follows: "The Ragged Blade Band, from St. Louis, MO, brings Steampunk era music such as ragtime, early blues & jazz, and popular songs of the day. You'll hear music by W.C. Handy, Scott Joplin, Irving Berlin, and even very rare tunes as well! The full band is six, but they also perform in smaller groups if needed." They've played at the Big River Steampunk Festival in Hannibal, Missouri.
Ragtime Poetry Co. — A group of poets with vintage clothing and typewriters who often appear at steampunk events. "People can come to us with any topic and in 1-3 minutes we’ll punch out a personalized poem anything—your airship troubles, an ode to the gear, a love poem to your automaton, or what have you. You’ll be able to tuck your poem into your waistcoat pocket, or somewhere in your corset, and take it home with you." Based in the USA.
Aaron J. Shay — A Seattle-based singer-songwriter who "blends an old-world folk sound with a modern lyrical style and an affinity for science, technology, and fiction."
Sarah Shay — "Sarah plays nerdy ukulele songs that are usually funny but sometimes sad." Location: Seattle.
Sir Reginald Pikedevant, Esquire — Sir Reginald performs Steampunk Chap Hop. "Imagine rap music, were it written and performed by an upper-class British twit," his website states. The rhymes are combined "with the sounds of the Victorian music-hall, Barbershop quartets, and instruments both modern and vintage, both mundane and unusual."
Steam Powered Giraffe — This band describes itself as "Steampunk and Futurism" combined with "mime and music to create a breathtakingly imaginative act." Location: San Diego.
Steam-Funk — Multimedia production and performance art. Location: Stamford, CT.
The Steampunk Stompers — "Steeped in the traditions of ragtime, early jazz, swing, dixieland, the popular musics of the late 1800's-early 1900's, the band draws from the era that inspired the Steampunk culture." Location: Naples, Florida.
Eric Stern — "The [Pacific] Northwest’s own premiere operatic tenor, accordionist, pianist, oudist, composer and consummate showman, an unparalleled devo with incendiary stage presence and devilish virtuosity." He was the founder of Vagabond Opera, which is currently on hiatus.
Strangely Doesburg — Comedy and "roaring accordion music." Location: Bellingham, WA.
Unwoman — Cellist-singer-songwriter. Location: San Francisco.
V is for Villains — A "high energy electronic rock band" from Chicago.
Valentine Wolfe — This duo plays "Victorian Chamber metal." Location: Greenville, SC.
The Velveteen Band — "The theatrical rock ensemble features puppets on vocals, a deranged mad scientist, and is led by a six foot trumpet playing rabbit named the Baron Von Velveteen." Location: Ventura, CA.
Victor and the Bully — "We use a ‘carnival blend’ of live ukulele and acoustic guitar with a twist of orchestral instruments to provide a very theatrical and cabaret-like sound. Inspired by steampunk, swing, mariachi, classical , electro-swing and punk to bring a very different vibe." Location: London.
Victor Sierra — This steampunk/dieselpunk trio is based in Paris. "Victor Sierra leads you into a vapourous and multicoloured universe through unexplored paths down to a future that could have been," they say.
Aurelio Voltaire — Singer, songwriter, animator and comic artist. From his own bio: "He is a songwriter whose music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a Con audience rolling in the aisles."
Vourteque — A "neo-vintage" musician and DJ from Chicago. Genres include "Electro Swing, Smash Swing, Vaudeville, Circus, Industrial Blues, Random Genre Buzz Word."
Wagakki Band — We're told that this band is popular on the Anime circuit. They perform mostly in Japan but have also toured the West Coast. The website is mostly in Japanese.
Thanks to the following for suggesting additions to this list: Nathaniel Johnstone, Robert J. Becraft, John Bollman, Jeb Haught, Sara Bruce, Jane Beckman and Sandra Forrer. Please use the contact form to suggest other performers that we should add.