Here is the story of Francesca de Valence’s Paris experiment – ‘Songs de Paris’. The story is magic.
Much-loved Australian singer-songwriter Francesca de Valence set off on a solo voyage of discovery in 2017: a month in Paris, the City of Light, the City of Love. She took an empty notebook and an open heart and found her muse in both, connecting with her patriarchal French heritage and writing her show ‘Songs de Paris’.
After sell-out concerts in Australia in early 2018, she returns again for Paris in the springtime. Another season, another colour, another light, another musical commentary on the city that has stolen her heart. Dancing between Australia and Paris playing shows in creative nooks and nests, ‘Songs de Paris’ continues to evolve. This intimate solo concert with projected images is an absolute delight and a joyous celebration of Paris told through the eyes of a new lover, a foreigner and a woman.
“Her voice is the real star – when she lets it loose, it fills the small room with booming echoes and powerfully rich tones. Never afraid to expose her emotions on stage, she pairs most songs with their stories, whether it’s finding herself coincidentally crafting her father’s face in a sculpting class (Water & Clay), adventuring with a new friend’s vintage sports car (Red Cat) or wandering through what turns out to be Paris’ renowned red light district (set highlight Oh, Pigalle).” – Music Is My Muse.
Brisbane Powerhouse Turbine Platform
3:30-5:30pm – Free Public Event
11, 12, 19, 20 May, 2018
Beware of Boys: A Musical Memoir – SOLD OUT
8pm (100 mins), 15+
Various Locations in Brisbane (Chelmer, St. Lucia, Kelvin Grove)
‘Beware of boys with eyes of blue, they kiss you once and ask for two.’
Gather around hearths in Brisbane to hear a story left untold for more than 30 years. A story of first kisses, private school boys and the dangers that lurked in the shadows of sunny Brisbane in 1982. A musical memoir by Lisa Maree Southgate and Francesca de Valence, told by Melissa Western.
Sun 22 April, 2018
The Shape of A Century: An Anzac Concert
2-5pm; St. John’s Anglican Church, Bulimba, QLD
All Ages; Tickets $10-35.
A century on from the end of the First Great War, Australia is a very different country. We have blossomed through the camaraderie of our fellow citizens and the courage shown to us by our service people. This Anzac Day, I Heart Songwriting Club and Toc H are joining forces to pay tribute to “The Shape of a Century”.
This concert will feature award-winning singer-songwriter Francesca de Valence, Brisbane soulstress Sarah Collyer and international artist Laura Mulcahy performing original songs and just a few of your favourites. Includes special guests.
Sat 24 March, 2018
Songs de Paris – SOLD OUT
7pm – $25 tickets – includes concert and pre & post show drinks
Australian Modern (Carina)
You probably know the story already. I went to Paris for a month with an empty songbook and filled it with original Paris-inspired songs. After a sold out show at the Junk Bar in February, I’m presenting this show one more time in my favourite lounge room in Carina. Come and hear the songs and see the pictures of my romance with Paris.
“Francesca is adept at both piano and guitar, but her voice is the real star – when she lets it loose, it fills the small room with booming echoes and powerfully rich tones. Never afraid to expose her emotions on stage, she pairs most songs with their stories, whether it’s finding herself coincidentally crafting her father’s face in a sculpting class (Water & Clay), adventuring with a new friend’s vintage sports car (Red Cat) or wandering through what turns out to be Paris’ renowned red light district (set highlight Oh, Pigalle). A projector provides visual accompaniment for each song, showing Francesca’s Paris photographs.” Music Is My Muse. Read the full review here
After ticket is purchased, the address of the venue will be emailed to you.
Fri 2 Feb, 2018
Songs de Paris and “Let Go” Single Launch – SOLD OUT
7:30pm Tickets $18 presale / $25 door (limited tickets available) – SOLD OUT Junk Bar, Ashgrove
I’m heading off to Paris, but I’ll meet you at the Junk Bar on Friday the 2nd of February. I’m flying away for a month with an empty songbook… to let Paris be my muse. I’ll return to sing you my freshly minted ‘Songs de Paris’ and to launch my new single “Let Go”. The release will feature stunning photographic art and imaging by Kellie North Creative. This event is SOLD OUT!
Sun 29 October, 2017
Spellbound: A Halloween House Concert, Brisbane
3-6pm – All Ages – Tickets $10-20
I’m really excited to host the Brisbane concert of these synchronised Brisbane and Sydney Halloween House Concerts playing alongside my friends and fellow songwriters: Gabby Gregory, Bruce Colledge and Claudia Allard (Jabberwocky Down), plus many guest artists.
Sun 20 August, 2017
Xhibition: Sight and Sound (A House Concert, Brisbane)
4-7pm – All Ages – Tickets $10-20
As the showbags sell on the last night of the Ekka 2017, not far away in a gorgeous house in Hamilton will be a showcase of a very different kind.
I Heart Songwriting Club presents “Xhibition: Sight and Sound”. A combined exhibition of art and music featuring songs by Francesca de Valence, Boatkeeper, Louise Isackson and Hannah Athanasiadis, and recent art works by visual artists Louise Isackson and Kellie North will be on display.
Although there’ll be no cattle show, wood chopping or apple pie competitions at this event, you will experience a social night of cultural treats from home grown artists of both sight and sound.
Sat 12 August, 2017
Sunshine Coast International Readers and Writers Festival
1pm – All Ages – Tickets $20 per event or get a festival ticket
I Heart Songwriting Clubpresents “Songwriters in Conversation: Songwriters in the Round” featuring three established songwriters, including club founder Francesca de Valence, Emma Dean and Sarah Collyer performing and sharing the stories behind their songs. This performance also launches SCIRWF’s Annual Songwriting Development Program in partnership with I Heart Songwriting Club, which features 3-monthly songwriting masterclasses on the Sunshine Coast – the first masterclass beginning in November and throughout the first half of 2018. Students’ development will be through weekly songwriting tasks via I Heart Songwriting Club. The outcome is a performance opportunity at SCIRWF’s 2018 “Songwriters in the Round”. After this presentation, Francesca will host a two-hour songwriting workshop in Marquee 2 in Jack Morgan Park from 3.15pm to 5.15pm.
Check out the full festival program here.
Sun 6 August, 2017
Brisbane Sings – QPAC Concert Hall
5pm – All Ages – Tickets $48
Brisbane Sings is a community event featuring choirs and singing groups from all over the city performing separately and together. A massed choir of 500 voices and a stage band will join to present a highly entertaining show that celebrates group singing in a non-competitive environment. The event is fun, uplifting and a great chance for various musical and community groups to share ideas and create lasting and memorable experiences for their members. After last year’s red ABBA tribute, Brisbane Sings will turn the QPAC Concert Hall into an orange Latin party in 2017 in proud support of our charity partner the Newro Foundation.
Internationally renowned arranger, Kirby Shaw and Brisbane singer-songwriter and composer, Francesca de Valence will be the featured guest artists/composers for this event.