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Unwoman (aka Erica Mulkey) is a San Francisco-based cellist-singer-songwriter. Layered with skillful cello, rich vocals, and beats, her music is a darkly futuristic homage to her classical training. Unwoman has performed solo at major steampunk, goth, and sci-fi-related events all over the United States. Most live solo shows use electric cello played standing up, and live-looping accompaniment.

She recorded her first songs at age 19, while studying at the University of California Santa Cruz. These were released eventually as a collection of songs called ‘Infinitesimal’. This was followed in 2002 by the debut album ‘Knowledge Scars’, which featured a cover version of Deeper Understanding.

The 2009 album ‘The Keys’ featured a track called ‘Running Up That Hill Like A Boy’, which was a mashup of Running Up That Hill and Ciara’s ‘Like A Boy’.

‘Circling’, her sixth original album, received 2015 Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice Awards for Best Solo Musician and Best Album, as well as critical acclaim. ‘War Stories’, released in January 2018, draws inspiration from real life and literature including Jane Eyre, The Princess Bride, and Jane Austen’s Persuasion.

Unwoman has also released three volumes of covers in her ‘Uncovered’ series.


  • Bio. Unwoman website, retrieved 7 November 2018.