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The Irrepressibles is an art pop collective founded and led by composer and musician Jamie Irrepressible[1] (f.k.a. Jamie McDermott).

The Irrepressibles
Origin Scarborough, North Yorkshire, UK
Years active 2002–present
Labels OND Recordings
Members Jamie Irrepressible
Sarah Kershaw
Chloe Treacher
Ollie Hipkin
Past members Jamil Reyes (a.k.a. Jams)
Ian Tripp
Charlie Stock
Jordan Hunt
Sophie Li
James Field
Nicole Robson
Helen White (a.k.a. Hazlitt)
Allan Bradbury
Anja McCloskey
Andy Harris
Peter Mills
Craig White
Rosie Reed
Anna Westlake
Amy Kelly



Created in 2002, the band have released two full studio albums to date and 6 EPs. All songs are written by Jamie Irrepressible, who describes them as autobiographical.[1] The name The Irrepressibles is "about breaking boundaries in music and being honest about being gay in music."[1] Based in London, England for many years, the band is currently based in Berlin, Germany. Jamie changed his name from 'Jamie McDermott' to 'Jamie Irrepressible' in 2013, on his collaboration with Norwegian electronic duo Röyksopp.

Mirror MirrorEdit

On 11 January 2010, The Irrepressibles released their debut studio album, Mirror Mirror, a collection of 12 baroque pop songs produced by Dimitri Tikovoi and William Turner Duffin, and written by Jamie McDermott. The album features the single "In This Shirt".

Mirror Mirror received critical acclaim. The Guardian called it "theatrical and very different, a ripe, colourful riposte to all that is Cowell"[2] and The Independent described it as "a dramatic soundscape dripping with echoes of the Weimar Republic and la belle époque."[3]

"In This Shirt"Edit

"In This Shirt" garnered critical and public acclaim after it was used as the soundtrack for short film, The Lady Is Dead, by Israeli production company PAG Films, described by Sundance Channel as "fantastic".[4]


In November 2012, The Irrepressibles released their second album, Nude. Self-produced by Jamie McDermott, the album similarly received critical acclaim. The Quietus described it as a "remarkably varied and unpredictable album" stating that "the results border on the spectacular".[5] The Independent gave it 4 out of 5 stars, calling it "an act of bravery in a cowardly world" and "swaddled in the most beautiful musical finery".[6]

Nude EPsEdit

2013 saw the release of Nude : Landscapes, the first of three EPs inspired by – and expanding on – the band's second album. This first EP saw the band take a "minimal symphonic" and "acoustic" direction, as described by McDermott in an interview with QX Magazine.[7] The second EP, Nude : Viscera, released on 14 February 2014, "brings together influences from New Wave, Grunge, and Exotica".[8] The third EP, Nude : Forbidden, was released on 6 April 2014.


The Irrepressibles have been remixed by various artists including Iamamiwhoami, Röyksopp, Hercules & Love Affair and Zero 7. Jamie McDermott has also provided guest vocals for Rex The Dog's single "Do You Feel What I Feel" and in 2013 on Röyksopp's single "Something in My Heart" and "Twenty Thirteen." He is also featured on Röyksopp's album The Inevitable End on the tracks "You Know I Have to Go", "I Had This Thing", "Here She Comes Again", and "Compulsion", in addition to the previously released "Something in My Heart" on which he was credited for the first time as 'Jamie Irrepressible'. In 2015, having relocated to Berlin, Germany, Jamie began working with American alternative country artist Jon Campbell and produced his debut EP, released in 2016.[9]

Band membersEdit

Current members

  • Jamie Irrepressible (formerly Jamie McDermott) – lead vocals, guitar, piano, electronic programming and composition
  • Sarah Kershaw – piano, vocals
  • Chloe Treacher – cello, double bass, vocals
  • Ollie Hipkin – percussion

Former members

  • Jamil "Jams" Reyes – vibes, percussion, vocals
  • Apollo – violin, vocals
  • Ian Tripp – percussion, vocals
  • Charlie Stock – viola, vocals
  • Jordan Hunt – violin, vocals
  • Sophie Li – double bass, vocals
  • James Field – percussion, vocals
  • Nicole Robson – cello, vocals
  • Helen White (a.k.a. Hazlitt) – violin, vocals
  • Allan Bradbury – cello
  • Anja McCloskey – accordion, Piano
  • Andy Harris – bass guitar
  • Peter Mills – piano
  • Craig White – oboe, cor anglais, vocals
  • Olivia Duque – oboe cor anglais, vocals
  • Rosie Reed – flute, vocals
  • Laura Jay – flute, vocals
  • Anna Westlake – clarinet, saxophone, and vocals
  • Amy Kelly – percussion


Studio albumsEdit

  • Mirror Mirror (2010)
  • Nude (2012)

Extended playsEdit

  • My Witness (2005)
  • Knife Song (2005)
  • From The Circus to the Sea EP & DVD (2009)
  • Nude : Landscapes (2013)
  • Nude : Viscera (2014)
  • Nude : Forbidden (2014)


  • "In This Shirt" (2011)
  • "Two Men in Love" (2012)

Music VideosEdit

  • "I'll Maybe Let You" (directed by J. J. Stevens)
  • "Arrow" (directed by Jamie McDermott)
  • "New World" (directed by Jamie McDermott)
  • "Two Men in Love" (directed Jamie McDermott)
  • "Forbidden" (directed by Jamie McDermott)
  • "Edge of Now" (directed by Jamie McDermott)

In Popular MediaEdit

  • "In This Shirt" was used in the BT Infinity advert in late 2011.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in a Russian advert for the Peugeot 308.
  • "In This Shirt" was featured on the soundtrack for Spanish film Tengo ganas de ti.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the BBC Film "A Long Way Down"
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the trailer for Brooklyn.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the Italian trailer for Third Person.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the French trailer for Eternity.
  • "In This Shirt" was used in the trail for BBC Three's 2017 drama Overshadowed.
  • "Two Men in Love" was used in adverts for various shows on the Drama (TV channel).


  1. ^ a b c Rudolph, Christopher (18 February 2013). "The Irrepressibles Lead Singer Talks About Being Gay and the Men He's Loved". The Advocate. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 
  2. ^ "The Irrepressibles: Mirror, Mirror". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Album: The Irrepressibles, Mirror Mirror (V2)". The Independent. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "Pag: The Lady Is Dead". Sundance Channel. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Irrepressibles NUDE". The Quietus. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Album: The Irrepressibles, Nude (Of Naked Design)". The Independent. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Irrepressibles". QX. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "The Irrepressibles". Brighton Dome. Retrieved 13 February 2014. 
  9. ^ Withey, Josh (29 February 2016). "Introducing Jon Campbell's unique brand of alternative-country". Gay Times. Retrieved 1 October 2016. 

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