Camille O'Sullivan is first and foremost a storyteller either through her music, her drama or her art.

Even when called upon to promote a brandy, the ads featuring Camille are full of drama with a back story that could be a mini series.

The singer is currently on her spring tour of the UK and will be dropping in to the Komedia in Bath with her new show The Carny Dream.

Camille said: "My thing is singing songs in an observational way, my show is about circus and misfits, outsiders of the world and surreal dreams. There is a crack in the world, it's a bit mad, an enigmatic unravelling of life, like losing Leonard Cohen last year. He came from a special place and I want to share that with people.''

She is known for her interpretations of the narrative songs of Nick Cave, Brel, Waits, Bowie and Brel but admits that she is still building up the courage to write for herself.

"I am always running away from writing, I am an actress that sings songs using emotions to become vulnerable, sassy or fierce,'' she said "Even when singing a song that was written for a male voice.''

Her distinctive vocals have attracted big names to take an interest in Camille. She was spotted by Ewen Bremner (Spud from the film Trainspotting) when she was performing as part of Le Clique at the Edinburgh Festival. He was looking for a singer to appear in the film Mrs Henderson Presents starring Judi Dench and Bob Hoskins.

"I auditioned and go the part, I was so excited,'' said Camille, who also sang on the soundtrack with Will Young.

"Will and I became good friends but the person I really loved was Bob Hoskins he is a fine gentleman.''

Camille was also chosen by Yoko Ono to perform John Lennon's Double Fantasy at Meltdown 2014.

"Everything was crazy at that stage, totally mad but as it was Yoko Ono I had to do it and had an amazing time. I arrived and sang two songs with Boy George and Siouxsie Sioux. Yoko was very sweet.,'' she said.

Another famous fan is Jools Holland who invited her to appear on his TV show, Later With Jools Holland.

"It was a big thing, I was so happy, and all the while there was Tom Jones, Eliza McCarthy and Snow Patrol all there.''

Jools invited her on tour and to support him at the Royal Albert Hall where Camille took her mum and dad.

Her mum is French and an artist, her father is Irish, and a former racing driver.

"Mum was so shy, so scared,'' said Camille.

The singer had a horrific car crash in 1999 in which she fractured her head and displaced her hips so she could not walk for months.

"The positive outcome was that it taught not be scared, we only get one life and I don't want to be 80 and wonder what if...'' said Camille.

The singer will be raising a glass of red wine, Dutch courage she takes on stage, when she comes to Bath on Friday, March 24 from 6.30pm. Tickets are: meal deal: £30, auditorium: £19 and balcony £19.

- Flicky Harrison