Miranda Sex Garden

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Miranda Sex Garden
GenresA cappella, classical, gothic rock, dark wave, folk music, ethereal wave
Years active1990–2000
LabelsMute,[1] Sugardaddy Records [2]
Past membersKatharine Blake
Kelly McCusker
Jocelyn West
Donna McKevitt
Ben Golomstock
Trevor Sharpe
Hepzibah Sessa
Teresa Casella
Mike Servent
Barney Hollington
Kim Fahey

Miranda Sex Garden were a music group from London, England. They were active from 1990 to 2000.


Formed in 1990, Katharine Blake, Kelly McCusker and Jocelyn West were originally a trio of madrigal singers.[3] They were educated at The Purcell School for Young Musicians in Bushey.[4][5] They were discovered by Barry Adamson when they were singing madrigals on Portobello Road in London.[6] He invited them to sing on his Delusion soundtrack, with the song Il Solitario.[7] After that Daniel Miller invited them to sign a contract with Mute Records.[8][9] They recorded their first single Gush Forth My Tears in March 1991. It was a madrigal with a beat, mixed by Danny Rampling.[10] Their first album, Madra (August 1991), was produced by classical producer Tony Faulkner.[11][12] It was entirely a cappella, with the songs all based on traditional English verse. It took only two days to record.[13]

By 1992, Jocelyn West had left the band and was replaced by Donna McKevitt (vocals and viola).[14] More new band members were Ben Golomstock who played guitars and Trevor Sharpe who played drums. On their second release, Iris (1992), the sound evolved into a blend of their madrigal-styled vocal harmonies with sounds reminiscent of folk music, gothic rock, dark wave, ethereal wave, and industrial music.[15][1] The third album Suspiria came out in March 1993. Kelly McCusker left the band in late 1993 to start a career in classical music.[3][16] She was replaced by Hepzibah Sessa.[17]

Their sound became increasingly dark and sophisticated over the years.[10] The fourth album, Fairytales of Slavery, was produced by Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten.[1] In 1995 the group disbanded.[18] Katharine Blake formed a new group with Dorothy Carter in 1996, Mediæval Bæbes. Sharpe later drummed for Minty, Plastic Fantastic and The Servant.

In 1999 they reformed with some new members and released their final album Carnival of Souls in April 2000.[19][10]


The group's membership changed significantly over time; only Katharine Blake remained in the group for their entire run.

The performers on their last album, Carnival of Souls, were:

Former members:




  • "Gush Forth My Tears" (1991)
  • "Sunshine" (1993)
  • "Play" (1993)
  • "Peepshow" (1994)
  • "Tonight" (2000)


  1. ^ a b c "TrouserPress.com :: Miranda Sex Garden". www.trouserpress.com.
  2. ^ SugarDaddy Records was a specially set up record label by the older boyfriend of Katherine Blake to finance their final album - http://www.mirandasexgarden.com/burn.html
  3. ^ a b "KELLY MCCUSKER - ASTARIA STRING QUARTET". www.astariastringquartet.com.
  4. ^ Miranda Sex Garden - Iris, 1992
  5. ^ Kelly McCusker - biography Astaria String Quartet
  6. ^ "Miranda Sex Garden Biography". OLDIES.com.
  7. ^ "Barry Adamson - Delusion". Discogs.
  8. ^ Inc, Nielsen Business Media (29 January 1994). "Billboard". Nielsen Business Media, Inc. – via Google Books.
  9. ^ "New Faces: Miranda Sex Garden".
  10. ^ a b c "RECOIL -> bio -> recoil inc". www.recoil.cz.
  11. ^ Miranda Sex Garden biography Prog Archives
  12. ^ Tony Faulkner discography Discogs
  13. ^ "Miranda Sex Garden". Discogs.
  14. ^ "Donna McKevitt – Mute Song". mutesong.com.
  15. ^ "Miranda Sex Garden - Albums". princessleia.com.
  16. ^ "Kelly McCusker". Discogs.
  17. ^ "HEPZIBAH SESSA - SHUNT". www.recoil.co.uk.
  18. ^ "Miranda Sex Garden - Everything2.com". everything2.com.
  19. ^ Carnival of Souls - biography April 2000 Flux Europa
  20. ^ [1][dead link]