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Thursday, June 30, 2016
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Part of Pentangle’s Brown Bag Concert Series
Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 pm
Woodstock Village Green (Rain Location: Woodstock Town Hall Theatre)
* Beer and Wine onsale courtesy of Bentleys Restaurant*
Francesca Blanchard is a young French-America singer-songwriter whose lyrics and melodies reflect her bilingual and multicultural upbringing. Born in the south of France, where her family resided until she was ten, Francesca recalls her Mediterranean childhood as one of “bare feet on terra cotta tiles, fuchsia sunsets, and mistral breezes.” La vie douce (the sweet life) aptly describes the rhythm and rhyme of those early years, where hours spent daydreaming and gazing off at the white-capped waves further nourished a love of wild, open spaces and the solitary peace of simple living in the heart of a family that was anything but conventional.
A graduate from Boston University with a BFA in Theatre Arts, Francesca has been gaining musical experience over the last few years, opening for Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega, The Parkington Sisters, Caravan Palace, the Von Trapps, Yuna, Lissie and others. In the summer of 2014, Francesca began work on her debut full-length album, Deux visions. After a successful Indiegogo campaign that raised nearly $30,000, Montreal producer Chris Velan (Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars) assembled a lineup of top local musicians at Lane Gibson studios in Charlotte, Vermont to record 12 original songs – six in French, six in English.
Deux visions has already been met with tremendous acclaim. The Times Argus raved “Deux visions shines on the strength of Blanchard’s accomplished compositions, tasteful guitar work and gorgeous vocals. A seamless mix of folk, jazz and roots-rock with some French chanson thrown in for good measure. The most ambitious and impressive debut album to come out of Vermont since Grace Potter.”
Fill a Brown Bag for the Woodstock Community Food Shelf! Pick up an empty bag at one concert…and bring it back full to the next. Popular items include pasta and pasta sauce, hot and cold cereal, canned tuna, canned soups and stews, peanut butter, dried beans, and rice. Bags are available near the Pentangle table on the Green.