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An evening of chanson that is not to be missed



Feature by Paul Nelson

IT IS A shame that with what I believe is the richest language in the world, we English do not have a word that correctly applies to the French word 'chanson', which means much more than its straight translation, 'song'.

However, some of the finest contemporary English artists working in the Chanson genre today will feature in a series of performances at the Drill Hall 2 from March 20.

Irregular Records brings together a collection of divas, legends, old lions, young turks, established names, unsung heroes and new faces: Leon Rosselson, Kath Tait, Pete Atkin, Adeola, Barb Jungr, Kirsty McGee, Lorraine Bowen, Phil McGinity, Philip Jeays, Sebastien Michel, Attila the Stockbroker, Alan Clayson, Peter Sarstedt, Des De Moor, Robb Johnson and John Peacock.

I have been offered the following. CHANSON: urban European dark witty political narrative dramatic romantic acerbic rarely danceable always literate grown-up songs for grown-up people.

Critical acclaim for the artistes includes:

Peter Sarstedt: "Impressive, outstanding, others lay far behind" - The Observer

Kath Tait:"Her songs are often profound and oddly comforting" - Rhythms Magazine

Kirsty McGee: "has been causing quite a stir in the folk world this year. Definitely one to watch" - BBC Radio 2 website

Robb Johnson: "One of Britain's most challenging songwriters" - The Daily Telegraph

Alan Clayson: "One of the more extraordinary figures to emerge from rock'n'roll" - The Independent

Barb Jungr: "The Queen of Cabaret" - Time Out.

Drill Hall, in association with Irregular Records presents English Chansons, March 20, March 30 at Drill Hall 2, Thursdays 8pm, Fridays and Saturdays 6.30pm and 9pm, Sundays 5pm. Prices: £10, £7 concs. Tickets 020 7307 5060

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