The Mummers is the brainchild of Raissa Khan-Panni who's intoxicating, quixotic vocal and storytelling qualities single her out to be one of the UK's most intriguing songwriters in years.
Born out of their Treehouse studio on the south coast, The Mummers debut album “Tale to Tell” is a unique sound-clash of carnival and marching bands, tumbling in a haze of colourful orchestration.
Widespread critical acclaim, countless sold-out shows and a debut television appearance on 'Later with Jools Holland' followed, heralding Raissa as a Bjork-esque star figure with the theatre of Rufus Wainwright.
The next chapter continued on its surreal fairytale adventure with a brighter, sizzling revamp of a sound blossoming with character.
Now based close to the Brighton seafront, The Mummers released Mink Hollow Road. The 2011 mini-album was fronted by a reanimation of Todd Rundgren's 'Fade Away', which Raissa first heard on the radio whilst mid-way through a whirlwind 24 hour trip to Miami. It is a lesser known song of Rundgren's but one that quickly transformed into a classic Mummers standard and playlisted at BBC Radio 2. Another sell-out tour followed.
Raissa and The Mummers are currently in the studio writing and recording their much anticipated third album.
“Perfect orchestral pop where the Flaming Lips Meet Goldfrapp” - Q
“Calliope-style orchestration and ecstatic stage-show vocals” - Word
“Pop's found its new princess” – Clash
“Orchestral pop outfit whose witty and sophisticated showtune-like sounds recall Portishead” – Time Out
“A potentially thrilling proposition.” – Uncut