Fête de la Musique
Music fans thronged the streets of Dublin on Saturday June 19th for France’s popular street music festival “La Fête de la Musique” following its successful launch in the city last year.
Some of Ireland’s and France’s top bands and performers including French band Bailer, jazz musician T. Halferty and rock band The Stradler performed free to five thousand music fans at our four big events in the heart of Dublin, starting with a three hour outdoor concert in St Stephens Green.
The Festival continued at 4pm with a series of live events at the Alliance Française and Café en Seine late into the night.
All events were free except for the nostalgic cabaret event including music by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Nina Rota.
The festival was organised with the French Embassy and the Alliance Française.
The St Stephens Green Park 1 - 4 pm
La Fête de la Musique 2004 edition began with a three hour outdoor concert taking place in St. Stephen’s Green, the most popular park of Dublin’s city centre. The music festival began with a young and talented band from Blast community called Underskore. Dom Duff, a singer from France, played the best of his songs from his new solo album. Dom Duff won the prestigious Breton Music Award in 2003.
The festival will closed with an hour of live music from Irish band Caliban whose musical style can vary from folk to traditional world music. The group had already participated in the Interceltic Music Festival 2003.
Le Café des Amis 4 - 8 pm
Café des Amis in Kildare Street will host vocal and instrumental sessions including great jazz from T. Halferty, Ireland’s leading jazz musician, enchanting Tango by Zita, playing music of Astor Piazzolli. The final hour of the festival, held at Café des Amis, was dedicated to a vocal session of French classical song performed by Una McMahon and Lydia McCann of The Royal Irish Academy of Music. This was followed by Werewolf Trio singing Acapela.
The Café en Seine from 4pm till late
Dublin’s popular Café en Seine in Dawson Street provided a good atmosphere with music of all types. The Bailer, a regular on the Dublin music scene, opened the session in Café en Seine with a set of melodic rock followed by Ceitre Cinn with Irish traditional music.
Another great performance from Jeanette Byrne, a talented Irish singer famous for French Cabaret Music whose show features the work of Brel and Piaff. She has been described as an incarnation of Jack L. Mary Stokes and her band thrilled the audience with her energetic performance of blues music. Her live performance had already brought the artist huge fame in Dublin. The Stradler, a young and talented rock band, perfomed songs by The Beatles and U2 among others.
The Sugar Club from 7 - 11 pm
French cabaret singer Derby Browne is famous for her sensitive romantic style. The musical theme of her show was based around French and Italian café music from the 1930s to the 1960s, including music by Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel and Nina Rota. The group also includes in its repertoire the Brazilian bossa nova and beautiful jazz songs, with some lyrics translated into French.