the crooked mouth

We will be honest with you. The Crooked Mouth is pretty hard to classify stylistically. Each of our five members write songs, and each has a distinct and different way of coming at things. Our sounds range from folksy to Brechtsy and places in between. There are stories inside them. Many stories. We are also theater people, after all, and members of the Curious Theatre Branch, one of Chicago's oldest fringe companies and founded by Beau and Jenny over 25 years ago. If you've seen us live, you know that no one can tell a tale better than our front man, Beau O'Reilly.

Beau and Jenny have been musical collaborators for decades—their previous band, Maestro Subgum and the Whole, was big, bold, cabaret-inspired, and beloved by many. Former Maestro fans have become our fans as well. We will let them tell you what they think. Certainly you can wander over to our music page, have a listen, and decide for yourself. Thanks for coming. We are always glad to see you.

We are:
Beau O’Reilly – lead vocals, cane, banter

Jenny Magnus – drums, vocals

T-Roy Martin – guitar, ukelele, trombone, vocals

Vicki Walden – bass, vocals

Ryan Wright – guitar, mandolin, vocals

 

The Crooked Mouth is based in Chicago, on the uvulittle record label.
Download our eponymous CD, and/or our sophomore effort, Yes Face, at uvulittle or CDbaby.

For booking information, please contact:
Beau O’Reilly - beauoreilly (at) gmail.com

"Yes Face is a terrifically good record. It travels on vocal harmonies and drums while it shimmers and jangles with strings. The drumming and bass are great, tempos and sophisticated time signatures change without fanfare, but rather with ease and confidence in a way the body experiences joyfully without having to filter it through the intellect."     — Jeff Dorchen   (read Jeff's review in its entirety here)

“Okay, The Crooked Mouth is just…I mean…Really, there is just no other band like The Crooked Mouth. The only other bands anything like The Crooked Mouth are with people who are already in the Crooked Mouth or existed with people in The Crooked Mouth before there was a Crooked Mouth. What a mouth is this Crooked Mouth. Yes. What other band has songs about belonging and not showing up, the heartbreak of professionalism, and having interesting middle-age problems? Furthermore, there are stories in between about enunciation and Bruce Willis, not to mention dynamic air-cane playing, acoustic guitar played in an insane electric way among other silky, stringed things and drums to piano and back and forth and back again with a percussion in the percussion of percussion.”    — Barrie Cole