[MUSIC/CABARET ~ SA]
Nexus Arts Centre, Wed 20 Feb.
Our chanteuse and guide for the night, Louise Blackwell, takes us on a journey through the music of some of France’s most loved singers and songwriters of the twentieth century. The choice of material ranges from evocative ballads to songs that are just plain fun. The songs are all in French, so for those of us without a strong grasp of the language she introduces each song with a vignette about its writer and the time in which it is set, which gives the show its structure.
She is backed by a superb six piece band, The French Set, led by the outstanding musical director and pianist Mark Simeon Ferguson, and featuring John Aue on upright bass, Julian Ferraretto on violin, Alex Taylor on brass, Joshua Baldwin on drums and Gary Isaacs on guitar. This is one very classy outfit. The musicians play off each other, their smiling faces and evident enjoyment infecting the audience. There are some lovely renditions of Juliette Gréco and Charles Aznavour songs. Of course there is Piaf, and Serge Gainsbourg’s La Javonaise is a highlight.
Louise has lived and performed in France for many years and her love of New Wave French films and music is very evident. She knows her material, and is able to swoop from high energy to mellow tones as required. This show won a Fringe award in 2018, has been part of the Adelaide French Festival, has travelled to country South Australia and interstate, and has now been recorded on CD for launching at this year’s Fringe.
The show finishes with a kooky number which translates to something like ‘Where Is My Slipper?’, and the audience is left with a collective broad smile. An evening of superlative musicianship, smothered in French goodness.
A Night In Paris continues at Nexus Arts Centre from 6pm on Thu Feb 28; Saint John’s Anglican Church from 6pm on Sun 24 Fe (Sold Out); Stirling Fringe – The Pocket, at various times, on Tue 26 Feb and Wed 27 Feb.
Book at FringeTIX on 1300 621 255 or adelaidefringe.com.au. Click HERE to purchase your tickets.
Image courtesy of Cat McKenzie