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
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