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Story of legendary French diva comes to Stafford

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 25, 2014

LUSTROUS TONE . . .Eve Loiseau

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THE ANGST-filled songs of legendary French diva Edith Piaf will be recreated when a show celebrating the Little Sparrow's career comes to town.

Piaf has become synonymous with French cabaret of the 1940s and 50s and remains France's most popular singer.

Her life was the stuff of legend, a dramatic rise from Paris street urchin to star of international renown but it was anything but La Vie En Rose.

Towards the end of her life, ravaged by pain and injury, she turned to drugs to find comfort and solace, never able to believe that she was loved by countless thousands of fans.

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As the 100th anniversary of Piaf's birth approaches, this powerful celebration comes from a company whose credentials include Kneehigh Theatre and Canteve Vocale.

As well as La Vie En Rose, Sous Le Ciel de Paris, Milord, Autumn Leaves, Padam Padam and Non je ne regrette rien the show has a lively narrative.

Eve Loiseau's passion for Piaf developed at a young age. Coming from a French family of singers, long summer meals were often rounded off with French chansons. Piaf is inimitable, but Eve's lustrous French tone captures the essence of the Piaf performance. Since her debut at the Royal Festival Hall in 2002, Eve Loiseau has given recitals in England, New York and France and has featured on BBC R3, WNYC Radio, PMW Music and the BBC production, The Roman Mysteries. Eve performs with Canteve Vocale and the baroque ensemble, Duo Dolcetini, comprising Fiona Barrow and Murray Grainger.

Fiona began the violin at seven years old and has travelled far and wide, performing in bars, streets, boats, trains, caves, cathedrals and the odd roundabout. She has worked extensively in theatre as a performer, musical director and composer, including a sell-out run on Broadway.

One of the UK's most influential accordionists, Murray Grainger has played accordion everywhere from Celtic Connections to The Royal Albert Hall and is equally at home playing folk music or contemporary opera. Murray trained in classical accordion at The Royal Academy of Music. He has performed internationally and has taught classical, folk and traditional techniques at prominent musical institutions. His successful French trio Hérétique has quickly established itself as one of the most dynamic bands on the scene.

Piaf – the Songs will be at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre at 7.30pm on Friday, May 16 as part of Stafford Music Festival. Tickets are £15/£12 under 21s, available from the box office on 01785 254653.

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