Adding the French Touch

July 31, 2012 by Henry Benjamin
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It was standing room only at popular Sydney music venue Camelot when Dahlia Dior presented her personal tribute to French singing legend Edith Piaf.

Dahlia Dior performing Piaf photo: Henry Benjamin

Performing on Bastille Day, Dior punched out popular Piaf songs in the style of the French diva with looks and a stage presence to match the quality of her performance.

A more than enthusiastic audience swayed in time with the music as Piaf evergreens including La Vien en Rose, Milord, Non, Je ne Regrette Rien and Mon Dieu. Ably accompanied by Lukas Maio (piano accordion), Leo Novikov (violin), James Waples (drums), and Abel Cross (double bass) Dior put her all into her work spurred on by the spirit of her audience.

Jerusalem-born Dior began her international career at the Paris Olympia and has performed as a support act for legends Ray Charles, Matt Munro and Blood Sweat and Tears. Burt Piaf has a special place in her heart. She said:  “I particularly enjoy singing the legendary songs of Edith Piaf as I feel an emotional connection to this most iconic and most loved of French singers.  I enjoyed bringing the passion, the fire, the emotion, and the love of the Little Sparrow of Paris to Camelot.”

The evening’s French theme was sustained by the wonderful work of keyboard/singer Emma Hamilton whose father joined her on stage on percussion.

With productions like this, Camelot can expect to continue to be acknowledged as one of Sydney’s top spots for specialised entertainment.

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