Over 50 years after her death, Edith Piaf remains the epitome of passion in musical expression.
When she sang La Vie en Rose or Non, Je ne Regrette Rien, it was the sound of life itself spilling out onto the stage, and her recordings are a timeless reminder of a woman abandoned as a child but destined to become an eternal symbol of her native France.
Over the last year, Wolfville singer Ariana Nasr — half of the folk-jazz duo Andy and Ariana with singer-guitarist Andy Flinn — has been performing the songs of the singer known to fans as the Little Sparrow. Continue reading The Chronicle Herald: No Regrets
“…Tony Quinn will emcee the Sept. 25 main stage at the Festival Theatre. This show “boasts the stunning Ariana Nasr Chante Piaf. Ariana and Andy Flinn recently wowed the crowd at the Montreal Folk Festival on the canal as part of an exchange program with Deep Roots Music Festival,” Peters said….”
One act that really caught my attention was the duo of Andy & Ariana. Originally from Nova Scotia, they have been touring their unique musical blend for quite some time. When I say unique, I mean a mix of original songs, one about their furnace, one a dirge about having a good time staying up and waking up late coupled with a slew of Édith Piaf covers. They had an original album for sale as well as a Piaf cover album.
Whether it was original or Piaf, Andy played guitar and made some a propos noises and faces while Ariana really belted it out, occasionally with an instrument in hand as well. At one point she mused that the crowd seemed to be into the performance because this was Montreal and we know French greats like Piaf. Well, that may be the case, but I think the very positive audience response had more to do with Ariana’s incredible voice and the way it fit into the performance.No, this wasn’t what I would call folk per-se, but it definitely fit the mood of the event and they were true storytellers, which is what folk artists should be.
…“A lot of the young generation in southern China may not be in the habit of going to live shows like those living in Beijing or Shanghai, but the internet has helped to cultivate bigger audiences for foreign musicians,” says Andy Flinn of Ask Your Sister.
Canadian band Ask Your Sister will perform soul, jazz and pop at Brown Sugar Jar in Futian District on Thursday.
Formed by Ariana Flinn, Sahara Jane, Kamila Nasr and Andy Flinn, Ask Your Sister’s music is very charming. Their special singing, performing and dancing often makes audience members from different age groups and background dance together. Continue reading Shenzen Daily: Ask Your Sister
FLEUR’S FIND COLUMN BY FLEUR MAINVILLEAndy Flinn and Ariana Nasr are a Nova Scotia-based musical group that provide their audience with compelling and interactive live performance. They will be making a special stop in Pictou County this Saturday at the New Glasgow Farmer’s Market.
Eight of the songs on the album are brand new, and provide the listener with a glimpse of what Andy and Ariana have been up to in the past year. For one, they’ve got a woodstove, immortalized in the first track; ‘The Woodstove’ riffs on an extended metaphor of their fire-powered house as a ship, and has a wickedly dark sound, like a mischief-ridden secret. Continue reading Grapevine, "Good to be Home" Review