17th February – Flossie Malavialle

From Nimes in France via Darlington comes Flossie Malavialle and she is the guest at Irvine Folk Club on Wednesday 17th February. Flossie has been at the Irvine Club a number of times and is a popular guest.

Flossie plays cover versions of a wide range of songwriters including McCartney, Allan Taylor, ABBA, Janis Joplin. She also plays music from different genres particularly Jazz as well as material by Jacques Brel and Edith Piaf. Eclectic or what? Her strong and clear voice is accompanied by her energetic acoustic guitar style. Flossie has 12 albums to her name, the most recent one, If I have to go, released in Spring 2015.

Having now been based in England for almost two decades, Flossie’s accent is difficult to describe and she uses the resultant franglais patter throughout her performances. She trained and taught as a teacher in France and now being Darlington based, she is a singer who on occasion does supply language teaching. Flossie tours all over the UK mainly as a soloist but sometimes as a duo with Keith Donnelly who also appears on some of her albums.

To hear Flossie Malavialle, make sure you are in the Irvine Folk Club audience at Vineburgh Community Centre in Quarry Road on Wednesday 17th February. The club starts at 8pm and it’s BYOB.

Elsewhere, a Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar Festival takes place from Friday 11th – Sunday 13th March in Kelvinside Academy in Kirklee Road in Glasgow and it sounds like very heaven for devotees of these instruments. ‘Heavy Classic’ is a band from Germany and they headline the Opening Concert. They play guitar, mandolin and cello in impressive style. Workshops galore are available for players of all abilities on the Saturday. Sounds excellent and it’s an easy venue to get to. All info at bmgfestival.org or phone 07415 758146.