TEA WITH… FLOSSIE
Wednesday 22nd March, 3.30pm
This increasingly popular Clonter event will consist of an afternoon tea, followed by an hour of musical entertainment. Last year we introduced an additional Relaxed Performance, which will take place on Tuesday 21st March – See below for further details.
By popular request, Flossie Malavialle will return to Clonter, accompanied by Eddy Jay on the piano accordion.
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 Française, 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. Flossie will also sing songs by 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
Wednesday 22nd March – £24
Tuesday 21st March – Relaxed Performance £18.50 (Carers come free)*
Tea Served 3.30pm
Performance 4 – 5pm
BOOK THROUGH BOX OFFICE ONLY
*This Relaxed Performance is specifically adapted for individuals with Alzheimers (and their carers), but in recent years we have opened this up to post school aged young people with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, and those with learning disabilities, who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.