An Evening of Chanson Francaise
Saturday 25th March 8pm
By popular request, Flossie Malavialle will return to Clonter, to launch the newly refurbished Ramsey Room/Foyer performance area, introducing a more cabaret style evening to Clonter, with a programme of Chanson Française. Flossie will be accompanied by Chris Parkinson on the accordion and Paul Donnelly on guitar.
Loved for her passionate performances and varied repertoire, Flossie is an ex-school teacher turned full-time singer, thanks to a spell frequenting the Darlington Folk Club back in 2000. Since then she has relocated from the South of France to North East England, and has released eleven albums and toured extensively across the UK, France and Australia (to name a few!). Whether you enjoy traditional folk songs, lilting ballads or jazz classics, Flossie is guaranteed to entrance and delight with her charismatic and eclectic style of performance.
About the songs
Flossie will perform a whole programme of Chanson Francaise, which will include songs by Edith Piaf, famously known as La Môme Piaf (“The Little Sparrow”), a French singer and an iconic performer in France during World War II. Perhaps best known for her ballad “La Vie en Rose” , Piaf and her songs became a symbol of romanticism and fortitude in 1940s France. Jacques Brel, one of the most popular singer-songwriters in the French language, has been described by Alastair Campbell as “a poet who wrote music” (The Guardian, interview by Andrew Dickson, Wednesday 23 July 2014). Brel was a master of lyric-driven and emotional songs – known by the French as chanson – and he became a major influence for many other performers including David Bowie, Scott Walker and Marc Almond.
“Flossie has a voice as clear and tuneful as a lark, with a pureness of quality to stop you in your tracks in the forest of a song” Colum Sands
“Flossie’s great! She came over from France and wowed everybody with her sensational voice, her gutsy guitar style, eclectic repertoire and franglais patter” Vin Garbutt
“To have a song covered by a voice with the beauty, clarity and passion of Flossie, is a pleasure that should be enjoyed by all songwriters” Kieran Halpin
Tickets: £12, Students £10
Doors Open: 6.30pm
Performance Starts: 8pm
Dining Options: Pre-performance supper, available to pre-order.
PLEASE NOTE due to anticipated interest in this event, individual tables are limited, so early booking advised.