Song in the spotlight with Festiv’en Marche from May 16 to 20 in the south of Indre

Song in the spotlight with Festiv’en Marche from May 16 to 20 in the south of Indre
Song in the spotlight with Festiv’en Marche from May 16 to 20 in the south of Indre

Since its creation, the Festiv’en Marche French Song Festival has put the spotlight on a little publicized yet very dynamic scene: that of authors, musicians and singers who, in the tradition of Georges Brassens, Allain Leprest or Claude Nougaro, s take hold of everyday realities to turn them into poetry.

Committed, humorous, acidic, offbeat… these voices which make the text the main weapon of denunciation or the ode to the beauties of the world are not those that we hear the most in the mainstream media. But they are long-lived and meet, on stage, in contact with a loyal and sometimes nostalgic public for beautiful expressions, these listeners longing to hear a less consensual echo.

“Festiv’en Marche is a unique place where artists are delighted to come and return,” says Eric Laurent, singer, author and organizer of the event. “We know how to welcome them, love and highlight what they do. » The Fernand-Maillaud barn has around 150 places. The public and artists meet there every year in close proximity, which is particularly suited to the spirit of the festival.

Key figures of song

The programming is as dense as it is ambitious. “We make it a point of honor to offer opening acts at each concertcontinues Eric Laurent. It’s a way of introducing singers who are still too little known but also of offering them, for half an hour, an attentive audience likely to be enthusiastic. »

A tribute to Nougaro truer than true.
© (Photo Chantal Bou Hanna)

On the menu for this twelfth edition, essential figures of current French song: Ben Herbert Larue whom some qualify as a worthy heir of Brel and Leprest; Tribu Nougaro, a trio led by singer Laurent Malot who takes on with rare intensity the repertoire of jazzman and poet Claude Nougaro, who died twenty years ago, and of whom Eric Laurent tells us: “He’s stunning!” If we close our eyes, we begin to doubt that Nougaro is not back on stage! »

The improbable duo Wally and Vincent Rocca, too, who for one evening (that of May 19) will engage in a song joust, “a funny and verbal duel that you have to come and listen to at least once! »The public final of the Chanson de mots competition opens each edition of Festiv’en Marche. It takes place at the Éguzon performance hall (free entry) and brings together three finalists selected from around fifty candidates. The latter come from all over France, providing one or two titles to around thirty members of the jury. An annual springboard for French song sponsored, this year, by Gauvain Sers, himself a former member of Festiv’en Marche.

Information and reservations on 02.54.24.86.68 or on www.festiv-en-marche.com; concert prices: full, €13.50; under 10 years old, €10. Festival pass: full, €50; reduced, €38.

The program

  • Thursday May 16, 8:30 p.m., Éguzon performance hall: final of the Chanson de mots competition.
  • Saturday May 18, 3:30 p.m., Brassens room in Saint-Benoît-du-Sault: projection and talk around the figure of Allain Leprest.
    At the Grange Fernand Maillaud de Mouhet:
  • Friday May 17, 8:15 p.m.: Valérie Mischler.
  • Saturday May 18, 8:15 p.m.: Tribe Nougaro preceded by Justine Jérémie.
  • Sunday May 19. 2:30 p.m.: Galim. 8:15 p.m.: Wally and Vincent Rocca preceded by Julia.
  • Monday May 20, 3:45 p.m.: Ben Herbert Larue preceded by Tiou.
  • Monday May 20, 10:30 a.m., meet at the Saint-Benoît tourist office: singing hike (€3).
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