Des de Moor

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Des de Moor (Born Ipswich, Suffolk, England, 20 April 1961) is a writer, singer, musician and songwriter. His first performance in front of a paying audience was in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England in June 1976. He worked with local bands and performed in folk clubs in the Hertford area during the late 1970s and 1980s before moving to London in 1985. In 1987 he formed The Irresistible Force with Morris Gould aka Mixmaster Morris,[1] releasing two singles and several remixes and performing in Britain and the Netherlands.

After dissolving his partnership with Gould late in 1989, de Moor re-emerged in 1993 as an acoustic performer specialising in European-influenced chanson, theatre song and musical cabaret. In December 1995 he launched Pirate Jenny's club at the Vortex Jazz Club in London, presenting other artists specialising in this style of music. The club transferred to The Drill Hall, London, in 2004.

Apart from Pirate Jenny's, de Moor's best known work to date is Darkness and Disgrace, an adaptation of David Bowie songs in cabaret/chanson style created in collaboration with pianist Russell Churney, originally performed in 2001 and recorded in 2003 (see Darkness and Disgrace: Des de Moor and Russell Churney Perform the Songs of David Bowie.[2]

De Moor has worked with chansonniers Barb Jungr, Robb Johnson, Leon Rosselson, pianist David Harrod and double bass player Julia Doyle.

He is also a translator who has written accurate English translations of songs by Jacques Brel,[3] Léo Ferré, Claude Nougaro, Barbara (Monique Serf), Bertolt Brecht and Wannes Van de Velde.

De Moor is also known for several other activities. Between 1996 and 2006 he was a regular DJ at the 100 Club, London, though playing vintage swing, R&B, soul and ska rather than chanson or cabaret.

He is a beer writer, writing regularly for Campaign for Real Ale publications and others. In 2010 he contributed to the book 1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die (edited by Adrian Tierney-Jones, Quintessence) and in 2011 published his own first book, The CAMRA Guide to London's Best Beer, Pubs and Bars (CAMRA Books). A second edition of this appeared in 2015.[4]

He has also written on walking for the Ramblers' Association, among other work compiling evidence on walking and health.[5]

de Moor has a degree in the Humanities, having taken honours in Philosophy and Linguistics.


de Moor has a history of political engagement both around specific causes and in general politics. He was involved in Lesbian and Gay Rights campaigns through the 1980s and 1990s. He was active in the Lesbian and Gay Youth Movement and for a period was a supporter of what would later be characterised as "platformist" anarcho-communist groups.

Partly under the influence of veteran Gay political activist Don Milligan, de Moor became a supporter of the Revolutionary Communist Party in the mid-1980s but left the party before its dissolution.



Solo albums[edit]

  • A Bloody Row (1982)
  • Photographs in Empty Houses (1992)
  • Margins (1994)
  • Water of Europe (1999)
  • Testing Times (forthcoming)

Other albums[edit]


  • Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
    My Bag (1987)
  • The Irresistible Force
    I Want To (1988)
  • Stump
    Charlton Heston (1988)
  • Edward II and the Red Hot Polkas
    Edward II and the Mad Professor Take a Trip to Sweden to Polka Steady with the Irresistible Force in a Rub-a-Dub Stylee at 90bpm (1989)
  • The Irresistible Force
    Freestyle (1989)
  • Sofrito
    The Spice of Life (1990)
  • Edward II
    Dashing Away (1992)


  1. ^ Cooper, Sean. "Biography: Irresistible Force". Allmusic. Retrieved 13 July 2010.
  2. ^ Pegg, Nicholas (2011). The Complete David Bowie (6th ed.). Titan Books.
  3. ^ Tinker, Chris (2005). "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well: Anglophone adaptations of French Chanson". French Cultural Studies (16): 179–190.
  4. ^ de Moor, Des (2015). The CAMRA Guide to London's Best Beer, Pubs and Bars. CAMRA Books.
  5. ^ de Moor, Des (2013). Walking Works: Making the case to encourage greater uptake of walking as a physical activity and recognise the value and benefits of Walking for Health (PDF) (1st ed.). Retrieved 10 July 2016.

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