Midnight in Paris
Paris in February … RadVentures hosts Oh La La, a brilliant quartet with ‘chanteuse’ who entertain in classic Parisienne style.
The combo offers a cool blend of classy musicianship, some vivid and telling French vocals and authentic Parisian chanson, seen by many as France’s own soul music.
They move through flamboyant 1960’s pop, classic jazz and ‘impressionist’ music; the Can Can, and bring that ‘certain little café in Paris, just by the Seine’ to Radcliffe.
There are exquisite treatments of songs made famous by Edith Piaf, France’s ‘Little Sparrow’and one of her famous daughters and Serge Gainsbourg, the French David Bowie.
Numbers by Mick Jagger John Lennon, Francoise Hardy, the light-spirited yé yé girl follow on.
Vocalist and accordionist Fifi la Mer turns every song into a mini drama, delivered with elegance, sensuality and sharp wit alongside her fellow musicians.
Another RadVentures-hosted event through the Live & Local touring scheme, sponsored by Arts Council England, Notts. CC and Rushcliffe BC.
Review by John Thorn:
A packed house at the Radcliffe British Legion enjoyed a spirited evening of french jazz and chanson from the Franglais band “Oh La La”, led by the voice and accordion of the definitely french Fifi La Mer accompanied by her English band mates Colin on guitar, Julian on bass and Olly on saxophone and clarinet.
With well known french songs like “C’est si Bon” and english standards such as “Yes sir, that’s my baby” Fifi and her band entertained us with a combination of exquisite musicianship combined with humour and joie de vivre. Fifi even managed to get the audience to join in … in french! The atmosphere in the Legion was buzzing and Fifi was clearly enjoying herself too as she joked with the audience. Brexit seemed a million miles away as we all enjoyed the continental vibe.