Friday, August 04, 2006
Don’t be fooled.
This girl is anything but ordinary. Haunted and uninhibited, she climbs upon the stage and gets medieval on your ass – channeling troubadours from the period with songs about childbirth, betrayal, and the sea. A cappella or alongside the remarkable Sing-Sing, Eloïse seems almost guileless – as if she, too, is pleasantly surprised by the sounds erupting from her small frame.
The aforementioned Sing-Sing (a man who actually introduced himself as such) is no slouch. Tall, dark and wild-headed, Sing-Sing has a collection of songs à la nouvelle chanson which stick in your head for the whole bike ride home. A sight it must have been to witness two Americans and one German weaving through the dark Paris streets at 2 am warbling half-remembered french songs.
The deal was sealed with Eloïse when she launched into an extended sea gull imitation during a shanty with Scott Taylor on accordion. My usual complaint about french girls taking themselves too seriously doesn’t hold water here.
There’s talk of Eloïse recording something with either Sing-Sing or the equally charming Scott Taylor. Until this happens, you can look for her at Au Limonaire, a sweet little club for nouveau chanson in the 9th. The lineup for Friday & Saturday August 11/12 features Sing-Sing, Eloïse and Benjamin Abitan.
Shows at Au Limonaire (click here for photo) start at 10 pm with free entry. A hat is passed at the end of the performance. You can eat here prior to the show by reserving at 01 45 23 33 33. Eating before-hand seems to be the easiest way to ensure a seat – our last visit was standing room only.