Saturday, 25 September 2021 | 08:00 PM to 09:00 PM Arts Centre Port Noarlunga 22 Gawler Street, Port Noarlunga, SA 5167
With FROM PARIS WITH LOVE, let Louise Blackwell and her stellar band take you on a magical musical ride to Paris as they perform a wonderful selection of songs from the great French songbook.
Winner of an Adelaide Fringe Music Award in 2018 for their hit show A NIGHT IN PARIS, Louise, a talented Adelaide singer who lived and sang in the Paris jazz scene, recreates an authentic Parisian vibe as she performs songs and tells stories of that great city once inhabited by many great legends of the French variety cabaret scene.
Accompanied by The French Set, a four-piece ensemble of some of Adelaide’s finest musicians: Mark Simeon Ferguson on piano, Julian Ferraretto on violin, John Aué on double bass and Joshua Baldwin on drums; together they will perform beautiful arrangements of songs by French musical artists such as Edith Piaf, Léo Ferré, Georges Brassens, Barbara, Boris Vian, Juliette Gréco, Yves Montand, Jean Constantin, Serge Gainsbourg and more.
Come join them as they journey into the world of the ‘chanson française’ with old favourites and new songs in their fabulous Parisian cabaret spectacular!
Lou Blackwell and The French Set performed an online gig for Bastille Celebrations on July 14th, 2020 at Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre in South Australia. With Lou Blackwell on vocals, Mark Simeon Ferguson on keys, Julian Ferraretto on violin, John Aué on double bass and Josh Baldwin on drums. A lovely showcase of some great numbers from the French chanson tradition including Paname by Léo Ferré, A bicyclette by Yves Montand, Ma plus belle histoire d’amour by Barbara and Mon manège à moi lyrics by Jean Constantin and music by Norbert Glanzberg.
The Chamber, THE QUEENS, Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre and Saint John’s Anglican Church Until March 20
Paris is out of reach but don’t worry. Adelaide is the other City of Light, and Louise Blackwell is the ideal guide. She’s cool, stylish and whimsical and she knows her way around French song.
Eleven songs, interspersed with anecdotes of the singers and songwriters, and her time living in Paris, created unforgettable moments in the uncabaret setting of an Anglican church filled with sunlight, not the smoky and seductive atmosphere of a Montmartre cafe.
Songs of Greco, Ferre, Brassens and the obligatory Piaf, Mon Manege a Moi, were side by side by lesser known but equally enticing artists. Her Brel, Chanson des Vieux Amants, was absolutely magical.
Her backing band the French Set is worth the price of admission alone: four of our finest musicians.