Silver Sircus is an octet sized musical collective based in Brisbane, Australia, led by vocalist/lyricist Lucinda Shaw and drummer/composer James Lees. They began their musical partnership in seminal Brisbane band ISIS (1995-2000) who released three albums and performed locally, nationally and at many major festivals. Following this, they collaborated on a series of performance and new-cabaret works. Silver Sircus has been their primary project since 2008, allowing them to explore an ever-evolving sound world incorporating dark cabaret performance, electronics, post-rock and chamber folk elements. Eight musicians, along with Shaw and Lees, form the core ensemble: guitarist Mark Angel, bass guitarist Terry Dixon, violinist Salliana Campbell, cellist Wayne Jennings, percussionist Fionn Elwood and pianist Parmis Rose.

The band has delivered acclaimed performances for Brisbane Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, QLD Poetry Festival, Brisbane Writer’s Festival, QLD Pride Festival and Melbourne Fringe Festival. In 2012, they were part of Brisbane Powerhouse’s Long Player Sessions, delivering a radically reinterpreted performance of the album The Velvet Underground + Nico in its entirety. 

In addition to their 2012 album To The Place That Is Home, the band has also released two EP’s, Sovereignty (2008) and Dark Back Garden (2009). 2016 saw the release of new single Dust and their second album Incarnadine, a deluxe 2LP set. 

In 2016, the band performed at Melbourne Cabaret Festival, The Junk Bar, Brisbane Powerhouse (album launch), The Zoo and Woodford Folk Festival.