with Dusty Limits


Dusty Limits and I have just released “Grin” a studio album of our favourite songs available here. Here are two sample tracks:

Roulston grasps the breadth and depth of the eloquent text, intelligent subtext, and biting social commentary of Limits’s lyrics, his music serving as creative amplification, bringing the energy of a live performance into the studio recording with layered textures of sound”. Cabaret Scenes

“The band shuffle and simmer quietly through solos and instrumental phrases delicate and troubled in mood. Grin is an album that makes for great company”. Unrecorded

“A dark, fascinating piece of work”. This Is Cabaret

“If there is a message in this album, it is one of resilience and survival… With intelligence, wit and not a little showmanship they manage to shine a light into the darker corridors of the soul”. Musical Theatre Review

We were nominated for the TO&ST Award by for our Edinburgh Festival show “Postmortem”. Because of this we played the Soho Theatre for a week. It also inspired us to write our new show “Psycho” for Edfringe 2013. This was our first show of all original material.


A fabulously slick and confident performance… the gloriously uncensored songs are well written and very funny. Unabashedly eloquent and at times viscerally personal” – Three Weeks ★★★★ on Psycho.

“The meat, of course, is a hugely varied and accomplished collection of brand new songs written with Michael Roulston, on subjects from serial killers to ennui to closet cases, in styles ranging from Lieder to tango to electronica.” ★★★★★ TimeOut on Psycho.

“One of the foremost practitioners of the art of cabaret… If only the show was twice as long… Do. Not. Miss. This.” – ★★★★ The Scotsman on Postmortem.

DL and JontyWe created “Darkling” in 2011. This has toured many venues and features some of our favourite compositions. ‘Grin’ our favourite composition came from this show and ‘Is It Too Late?’ the opening number.

In 2009 we were commissioned to write a short piece for Grimeborn Opera Festival at the Arcola Theatre. Dusty wrote a libretto called “Crow” based on a Celtic Myth.

Dusty Picture ofIn 2006 “The Picture Of Dusty Limits” saw our first collaboration using original material. We added to this for a couple of years and often perform these old favourites such as ‘Beaucoup De Lifting’, ‘The Clash Of Civilisations’ and “I Am A Jolly Self-Harmer”