It’s a groundbreaking announcement, not only for the annual Australian event, but for everyone.
‘So Frenchy So Chic’, the one-day celebration of French culture, has unveiled their musical lineup for 2019 – and it will be all female.
The program will be headlined by French Ta Douleur singer-songwriter Camille Dalmais, and will also feature dance-pop artist Yelle (Julie Budet), former La Femme frontwoman Clara Luciani, and French pop act Clea Vincent.
Jean-Francois Ponthieux, the festival’s founder, said this about the all-female lineup: “France has become one of the world’s most vibrant contemporary music centres and women artists are at the forefront of that revolution.”
‘So Frenchy So Chic’, which began eight years ago in Melbourne, will bring its lush garden party setting and its finest French food and drinks to the following cities on the following dates:
Friday, January 11 at Pinky Flat in Adelaide; Sunday, 13 January at Werribee Park in Melbourne; and Saturday, 19 January at Bicentennial Park Glebe in Sydney.
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We recently sat down with Clara Luciani to learn more about her music and the upcoming show early next year.
I read that before making your living in music, you had several odd jobs — a pizza maker, a babysitter, working at Zara, and an English teacher. Does having worked those jobs make you appreciate your music career more?
“I had to fight to achieve what I have built today and it makes everything more valuable. I realize how lucky I am to be able to make a living from my music.”
When you first started music, you sang in English. What made you finally embrace your native French?
“I started to write in French after a heartbreak. All of sudden it was obvious I had to write in my mother tongue because what I sang in my songs was too personal, I couldn’t have a language barrier that could create a distance between them and me.”
This year you published your debut album Saint-Victoire to great critical reviews. You said previously that after a darker E.P., it allowed you to regain your strength. What did you mean by that?
“I mean that this album, the writing, its release have given me strength, a vital energy I had lost. These are songs you can sing to yourself to boost your confidence, especially La Grenade and On ne meurt pas d’amour.
Alongside your own work, you have covered several titles and converted them into French. Why?
“I really liked the exercise. I thought it was a good way to make it my own song and take it to another place. It’s something that was widely done in France in the 60s and I wanted to bring it back.”
While on tour, you must have a lot of time to kill while travelling. What music are you listening to?
“When I travel, I prefer reading than listening to music. I’m currently reading Nancy Huston whom I just discovered, she’s fantastic.”