“BEGUILING” CAROLINE MOREAU BEGINS IRISH TOUR ON SATURDAY OCTOBER 5TH IN DUBLIN, THEN WICKLOW, CORK & WATERFORD CONCERTS
DAZZLING REVIEWS FOR NEW ALBUM Amour Toujours etc…
“Moreau’s voice is a thing of beauty…beguiling” Irish Independent
“A unique record that showcases Moreau as a fiercely individual and focused talent. Beguiling in her vocal tone and delivery, the songstress weaves a melodic tapestry around the listener…an exuberant sophomore release” The Journalist
**Listen to the album HERE **
Caroline Moreau will take to the stage in WHELAN’S DUBLIN ON SATURDAY OCOTBER 5TH for the first night of her forthcoming Irish tour to celebrate her second album ‘Amour Toujours etc…’ which was released on September 16th. Reaction to the album has been superb with The Irish Independent saying “Moreau’s voice is a thing of beauty…beguiling”.
Caroline and band will take to the road for four Irish concerts over the coming week starting with an album launch in Whelan’s Dublin on October 5th, followed by dates in Wicklow, Cork and Waterford – tickets now on sale for all shows. Joining Caroline onstage will be Dermot Dunne (Accordion), Malachy Robinson (double bass) and Lucas Gonzalez (Percussion/Guitars).
‘Amour toujours etc…’ is a wink to Serge Gainsbourg’s controversial adaptation of “La Marseillaise” which he entitled “Aux armes etc…” The story of this album started in June 2011 when Caroline’s long time collaborator guitarist Ariel Hernandez decided to return to his native Argentina. Ariel and Caroline had developed an extraordinary musical chemistry since they first met on an Irish stage in 2006 so the pair decided to record the set they had performed onstage together for six years into an album, just as a souvenir. Little by little, what at the start was to be a ‘souvenir for us’ became a vibrant, artistic project. The album was recorded live in just two days by Stuart Gray in Jealoustown Studios and features a host of musicians of caliber including Hernandez with current collaborators Dunne, Robinson and Gonzalez.
Since the release of her debut album, Caroline has continued to evolve as a compelling, alluring vocalist “My debut album ‘Paris Is Burning’ was recorded seven years ago and a lot of songs are sung with what I call ‘full voice’. On this new album, I allowed myself to be more subtle, to stay in pianissimo for one or two phrases then explode into fortissimo which requires more technical skill. As well as that, seven years in a life is a lot. I’m different and my voice is too because my life has changed me”.
Moreau performs from the rawer side of the chanson tradition, unearthing traditional French folk songs and sea-shanties as well as revisiting the masterpieces of chanson that she has made her own – “These songs are often related to different phases of my life. One is an old traditional sea shanty I sang busking on the streets of tiny villages in Brittany. ‘Oblivion’ by Astor Piazzolla reminds me of a long trip I made through Argentina seven years ago discovering real tango music. ‘Les Insomnies’ is directly linked to my night life suffering as I do from insomnia. ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas’ is one of the saddest love songs ever written in French.”
Caroline is eager to showcase the songs to a live audience “I love all the songs on my album. Some are very famous because they’re communicating something strong, powerful and bigger than us. A song, for me, is like a small box, a stock cube of emotion that melts in your soul while you’re listening to it. If the recipe is right, the taste is powerful, astonishing and can nourish your heart, your ear and your soul”.
Since arriving in Ireland in 2002, Caroline Moreau has been wowing Irish audiences with her distinctive brand of Gallic charm, comic banter and heart-stopping vocal talent. Taking over Bewley’s Cabaret Theatre in a haze of heavily accented patter and superb showmanship, her debut show ‘Crime Passionnel’ was delivered with passionate conviction and became a sell-out. Since then, she has performed as a solo artist, in a double-act with acclaimed gypsy violin virtuoso Oleg Ponomarev and with a range of internationally respected musicians in venues all across Ireland and in the UK, France & Spain.
WHAT THE PRESS SAY:
“Timeless and unapologetically contemporary … Caroline Moreau’s music belongs to another time and yet manages to root itself in the present with a rare vitality. Her voice is that perfectly pitched combination of French sultriness and quintessentially European insouciance. Debuts don’t come much more accomplished than this” **** IRISH TIMES
“What Caroline Moreau does is simultaneously meet our expectations and blow them to smithereens…with a vibrancy that is thrilling… Moreau embodies the voice of each song, not only with her own very sturdy pipes, but also with her body and soul: she becomes the entire world of the song, and proves herself to be a convincing actress in the process” **** IRISH INDEPENDENT
“The arrival on Moreau on stage, with her swaggering moves and theatrical delivery, upped the ante” **** IRISH EXAMINER
“elements of instrumental virtuosity and theatrically-inspired vocalising merged to produce a concert of warmth, passion, humour & musical excellence” **** CLARE PEOPLE
Strictly over 18′s, I.D. may be required.
AFTER THE GIG
Whelan’s Indie Club w/ Late Bar from 10:30pm or check out the bands playing The Midnight Hour in the upstairs venue (FREE ENTRY, 12am).