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Bethany Jameson - On the Banks of the Seine

 

Christchurch-based Cabaret star Bethany Jameson launched her fabulous Vérité Cabaret Quartet in Dorset and London this summer (The Lyric Theatre, Bridport and the Winchester Pub, Bournemouth).    The tour culminated in an award:  Best Act at the Cabaret Excess showcase at the delightful Battersea Barge, on the river Thames.  They are now booked for The Pheasantry, Kings Road, London on 4th November, one of Time Out's Top 10 Cabaret venues.  'Years of hard work have now paid off and we are SO happy!' says Bethany.

 

Bethany has been collaborating with Romano Viazzani, master accordionist since 2009 and they launched their very first duo show here in Dorset at 'Rubyz'.  They are now joined by irrepressible Irishman, and virtuoso violinist Declan Daly and Ben Hazleton/Yaron Stavi on double bass.  Declan is as much at home with Irish folk as with classical, performed at the BBC proms this year and recorded Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.  Yaron has worked with Daniel Barenboim and many other illustrious classical names and with Nigel Kennedy’s jazz band.  Ben is an internationally known 'jazzer' Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2003, and a regular at Ronnie Scotts. 

 

After the summer show the quartet were invited back to The Lyric Theatre. - 1st December is the night, for ‘Soirée Parisienne', the Quartet's second show.  Still the same deliciously old style cabaret with a modern twist but this time without the comedy songs. Instead the focus is on the beautiful French chansons 1930s to 70s. The gritty romance of Piaf, the elegance and cool chic of Juliette Greco and Barbara, the intimate poetry and passion of Brel, the toe tapping exuberance of the Hot Club de France and many more gems.  All brilliantly arranged by Romano Viazzani.  New songs will include Piaf’s La Vie En Rose and Hymne A L’Amour and Les Amants D’un Jour, plus even more sultry Tango songs.  There will also be some instrumental pieces, all in response to the Bridport audience’s suggestions.  

 

Bethany said: ‘We were truly delighted to be invited back to the Lyric Theatre. We immediately fell in love with it. We overwhelmed by the warm welcome we received from owners Niki and Marc, and of course from the audience who are lucky enough to have this gem of a theatre on their doorstep!  It could not be a more perfect venue for our type of music.  Just the right ambiance: faded, Parisian cabaret glamour and charm.’ 

 

What next?  'I'm writing more songs and we hope to tour both the shows extensively this coming year and we would love to get onto the Rural Touring circuit, which is such fun. Fingers crossed'  says Bethany.

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