Inspired by an idea Julia Adamson (Nagle) had about The Fall line-up becoming all-female in February 2017, John Doran of The Quietus asked Heidi Heelz to put together a one-off all-female Fall karaoke band. She happily obliged, and on that day The Fallen Women were born. Since their first gig in March 2017 they’ve played across the UK, including festivals such as The Wedding Present’s At The Edge Of The Sea. They’ve also held three annual charity events to commemorate the death of Mark E Smith, featuring celebrity singers such as Stewart Lee, Sharon Horgan, Frank Skinner, Vic Godard, Robin Ince, Lias Saoudi of Fat White Family, and Miki Bereyni of Lushand Viz’s Simon Donald.
The Fallen Women consists of band members Charley Stone (Salad, Gay Dad, Joanne Joanne) Heidi Heelz (The Priscillas, Proxy Music, The Guillotines) Lolo Wood (Joanne Joanne, Ye Nuns, MX Tyrants) Jennifer Denitto (Linus, The Monochrome Set, The Argonauts) Melissa Reardon (Foxcunt) Abby Werth (The Argonauts, I Doris), Compere Matt Abysmal, and, of course, you, Mark E Smith.