FLOSSIE Malavialle, pictured, the French-born songstress now settled in the North of England, takes the stage at Lowdham Village Hall tonight to celebrate the works of two of her native country's most iconic musical figures.
The Piaf/Brel show, as the title suggests, is entirely made up of the songs of Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel. Both have proved to be a profound influence on subsequent chansonniers as well as countless English-speaking singers who would quote the works of either as being inspirational in their own careers.
Piaf, who died 50 years ago this month, lived a tragic and troubled life which was reflected in her songs yet she held centre stage in the concert halls and made the record charts both here and in Europe.
Brel epitomised the role of singer/songwriter, just the man and his guitar and a host of songs which presented a stark and honest picture of modern living.
His songs have been translated into English (not always to the approval of his devotees) notably by his friend and fellow poet Rod McKuen who was to bring his works to a wider audience from the middle 60s.
Flossie will be presenting the show with her regular musicians for this event: Chris Parkinson, Paul Donnelly and Simon Keegan- Phipps. Due to the popularity of this show it would be wise to call 0115 966 3596 for ticket availability.
Leicestershire four-part harmony group In Any Order will be this month's guests on Saturday night at The Robin Hood Folk Club, Stumble Inn, Tamworth Road, Long Eaton, while on Monday night Mansfield Folk Club, Black Bull, Woodhouse Road, has a feature night with a maritime theme.
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