About this event
Leonie Evans’ unique voice drips with her love of old-time blues, jazz and gospel. Fresh from musical manoeuvres in New Orleans, Leonie Evans brings her folkways to Poplar Union, joined by Garance LouLou on accordion
Leonie has written two exquisite albums of dreamy, jazzy, unclassifiable song craft as part of the Bristol-based quartet Rae. But what sets her apart from just a discography & list of tour dates are the countless guest vocals, collaborations, DIY video sessions, stints in the streets and jazz clubs of New Orleans, spontaneous jams at parties and festivals and, perhaps most precious of all, the sprawling web of connections growing between Leonie and her ever-expanding family of musical sisters and brothers.
Praise for Leonie
“Like nothing else I’ve ever heard in my life…I was just blown away with her” Cerys Matthews, BBC Radio 6
“Jazz and Folk flirt en route to New Orleans via Canterbury with Evans’ slinky, supple vocal…One slot on Later with Jools holland is all it would take” Prog Magazine
“Leonie Evans lends old school sass… growling and emoting over louche horns and rolling percussion” Evening Standard
“When Leonie Evans sang, the affect was ethereal” The Tanjara
“Utterly unaffected and altogether rather magical” Venue Magazine
“Leonie Evans’ distinctive vocals were magical. An astonishingly good simulated trumpet sound in her understated stride she kept the audience in her thrall” The Bristol Post
“Delicate, whimsical voice which occasionally rasps vigorously across to the back of the tent and beyond” Stephen Morris, Rock Kent
At the age of 19, Garance originally from Perpignan in the South of France, moved to the UK to see what life had to offer there. Accordion in hand, she started busking on the streets of London, and before she knew it had accidentally formed a band: Garance and the Mitochondries.
Since this chance meeting of musical minds, she released one EP “Tu Crois que Je Crois” (2013) and 2 full-length album, “Un Puit qui Fuit” (2014) , “ Balance l’aurore” ( 2018).
Growing up in a cinema room , her childhood was filled with the sights and sounds of the movies – where the cinematic touch is very present in her music. Having busked her way across the world, through New Orleans, Brazil, Italy , Spain , Portugal( etc…) she document her adventures in songs.
But she pulled out all the stops with her second album Balance L’Aurore, working with Portico Quartet producer Sonny Johns on a musical odyssey that showcases everything good in London’s live music scene.
“The genres dipped into are familiar, but it is the idiosyncrasies that this French singer, composer and accordionist brings to her waywards waltzes , slippery chansons , and teetering tangos that holds the attention.
Thanks to her musical ambitions, Garance’s second album is a sprightly and atmospheric pleasure from beginning to end. […]”Songlines magazine
“It is a nicely eclectic eccentric and unpredictable set with 25 musicians […]Garance’s high, light voice flots over it all supplying a fine cohesion to all the disparate arrangements”
Rock n reel Magazine
“The evening’s support act, French singer and accordionist Garance Louis, shares this original, immersive and conversational attitude to live music. Her gutsy, high-energy Francophone songs are given an extra dose of intimacy by her surroundings. The results are approachable but highly accomplished.[..] Her songs sound both tender and bawdy, a combination of chamber-pop and chanson.[…]” Thomas Blake
“Here’s an incredible new French artist” Cerys Matthews
“ She is a heck of a musicale force” Chilly Gonzales