Martha meets Edith at the Barbican
DUBBED one of the greatest of today s crop of torch singers, Martha Wainwright tackles the legacy of mighty French chanteuse Edith Piaf at the Barbican next week. In a show co-created by producer Hal Wilner for New York, Wainwright featured many of Piaf s
DUBBED one of the greatest of today's crop of torch singers, Martha Wainwright tackles the legacy of mighty French chanteuse Edith Piaf at the Barbican next week.
In a show co-created by producer Hal Wilner for New York, Wainwright featured many of Piaf's rarer songs in a performance recorded for DVD by Jamie Catto.
This is the London debut of that show, featuring New York musicians including pianist Thomas Bartlett, electric guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Doug Wieselman, and bassist Brad Albetta.
Wainwright, the daughter of American folk/blues musician Loudon Wainwright III and Canadian folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle and sister of baroque popster Rufus Wainwright, has become known in recent years for powerful renditions of Edith Piaf's Adieu Mon C�ur during her live sets.
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Her last album, I Know You're Married But I've Got Feelings Too, featured contributions from Pete Townshend, Donald Fagen and Garth Hudson - as well as brother Rufus.
"I think it was Rufus who played me mom's records of Piaf's when we were kids," says Martha.
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"I must have been eight or so, and ever since then she has lived in a little apartment in my heart. A French apartment, of course."
Martha Wainwright Sings Piaf at the Barbican at 8pm on Wednesday, November 11. Tickets cost �18.50-�22.50 from www.barbican.org.uk or 020 7638 4141