SCENE ONE REVIEW OF SHELLEY THEATRE SHOW on 27th September 2014
What a perfectly charming evening this turned out to be – a unique cabaret-style entertainment performed by the hugely talented trio of Bethany Jameson (vocals), Janet Beale (accordion, flute & saxophone) and Simon Newton (guitar & bass), in the intimate surroundings of the delightful Shelley Theatre, a venue perfect for a show of this type.
The secret is, I think, in that very uniqueness; Bethany, who seems to become more and more French every time I see her, has developed a lovely, slightly ditzy character who is sometimes apparently not quite sure of her words, or what number might be coming next, and gets upset because Janet has changed into a rather beautiful dress – cue a quick rummage through the ‘dressing up’ box for something to rival it – and Simon isn’t wearing a bow tie.
Don’t be fooled – I suspect that every move, raised eyebrow and dithering moment has been well rehearsed and will reappear in tonight’s sold-out show at the same venue. But it’s those little things that are part of what makes this such a thoroughly enjoyable evening, with the audience being drawn into those events and being invited to relax and laugh along.
Perhaps the best example of this was during Simon’s superb solo, . As he played – and played – and played, pausing every now and then to yawn or scratch an imaginary itch, Bethany’s face was a picture as she sat on the edge of her chair poised to leap up as soon as the number finished.
Inviting the audience to join in certain numbers, with song sheets thoughtfully provided, also added to the fun, even though I’m sure I wasn’t the only one whose rarely-practiced French accent left a lot to be desired. I think I did a bit better with Joyeux Anniversaire (Happy Birthday to you and me!) as there were only a few words to worry about.
On a more serious note, the eclectic mix of numbers ranged from Piaf standards – La Vie En Rose, Milord and Non, Je Regrette Rien to name but a few – to Tom Waits’ Temptation (I loved the saxophone accompaniment), Manhattan Transfer’s Chanson D’Amour, Jacques Brel’s Amsterdam, the evocative Autumn Leaves and even the theme tune to ‘Allo ‘Allo. Without exception they were glorious.
As I’ve already mentioned, tonight’s show is sold out or I would suggest that you should beat a path to the Shelley’s door. Just keep a look-out for this remarkable trio’s next performance because they’re well worth your support.
Next show - Ringwood Meeting House Friday 20th April 2018 - see gigs page for ticket details.
CHAPLINS MONTHLY SUNDAY GIGS. We played our last gig in the upstairs bar on 18th February. Watch this space for details of future gigs at Chaplins downstairs in the Cellar Bar.
News !! Shelley Theatre show is now sold out !!! See our gig page for news of other forthcoming MaT shows !!
Chaplins, Boscombe (Upstairs bar ). Sunday 17th Decemberer 2017, 8.30pm. Christmas shenanigans with Madame J and her team, and audience "seasonal toons sing-along "! With Ian Ellis (tenor sax and clarinet )and Nick Dyer(double bass).
We are at this lovely venue every 3rd Sunday of the month, including December.
Click on picture below to go to Chaplin's website.
Now confirmed for Friday 20th April 2018 . Concert at RINGWOOD MEETING HOUSE ,HANTS. More info. to follow .........
Sunday 20th August CHAPLINS (Upstairs bar ) 8.30 pm
Sunday 17th September CHAPLINS Boscombe 8.30 pm Guest sax player
Sunday 15th October CHAPLINS Boscombe 8.30 pm
Sunday 19th November CHAPLINS Boscombe 8.30 pm
Sunday 17th December CHAPLINS Boscombe 8.30 pm Xmas Party !!
Hear Beth chatting about the band with Maria Greenwood on her 8th October Wessex fm "Unplugged" show! CLICK THE PLAY BUTTON ON THE ABOVE SOUNDCLOUD PLAYER TO BEGIN !
We are returning to Shelley Theatre !! Date for your diaries - Friday 26th January 2018 ! Tickets on sale from Monday 16th October..... click on logo below to go direct to the Theatre website where you can purchase tickets.
ALBUM NEWS !!! We are launching our debut album
at the Lantern Theatre, ROMSEY, Hants show on Friday 14th July (see poster below) and at Chaplins (Cellar Bar ), BOSCOMBE , Dorset on Sunday 16th July. Come and party with us, meet the band , hear songs from the album and pick up a signed copy ! A mail ordering and payment system will be appearing on our website as soon as posssible . Please bear with ! In the meantime ,whilst we are setting up this system , if you would like to purchase a copy please contact us via our messaging service shown at " CONTACT US " above and we will send you ordering details.
NEWS !! THERE ARE STILL SOME SEATS AVAILABLE FOR OUR BASTILLE DAY/ALBUM LAUNCH GIG AT THE LANTERN THEATRE ON FRIDAY 14TH JULY. SUPPORT FROM TALENTED YOUTH JAZZ BAND OUTPLAY.
YOU CAN OBTAIN EMAIL TICKETS BY PHONING 01794 512987 (NO BOOKING FEE) .THERE WILL ALSO BE TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR ON THE NIGHT ! COME ALONG AND SUPPORT THE ROMSEY FESTIVAL AND FESTIVAL OF YOUTH MUSIC !
News!!! April 2017
Tracks for our debut CD being mixed and
mastered ! Watch this space for release
date !! We are taking pre-orders - please message us via our contacts page to reserve a copy !-price is £10 for the 14 track album ( plus p & p if you would like to receive it by post - please ask for a quote if not in the U.K.). It will also be available at our gigs and posssibly on itunes if we can get our head around the admin!
Monday 14th July 2014 BASTILLE DAY Le Blaireau, Careys Manor, Brockenhurst, Hants 7.00 pm
Thursday 28th August 2014 Le Blaireau, Careys Manor, Brockenhurst, Hampshire. 7.00pm Come and join the restaurant's 25th Anniversary party !!
Saturday 27th September 2014 8.00 pm Shelley Theatre, Shelley Park, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1LX . EXTRA SHOW ADDED BY POPULAR DEMAND !! Full cabaret show. Ticket prices and online booking - SEE THEATRE WEBSITE .
Sunday 28th September 8.00 pm Shelley Theatre, Shelley Park, Boscombe, Bournemouth BH5 1LX . Full cabaret show. SOLD OUT !!!!! FURTHER DATE ADDED SEE ABOVE.
Saturday 11th July 2015 Beggars Fair Romsey. With Ian Ellis (tenor sax) and Nick Dyer (double bass). This is a FREE event - no booking required. We will be playing a 45 minute spot at the WHITE HORSE HOTEL, Market Place, from 3.15pm. Programs for the event will be on sale in locations around Romsey and online from the Beggars Fair website. Marc Tuddenham , guitarist from Tuxedo Junction and Retroswing will be joining us for this gig.
Sunday 19th July Chaplins, Boscombe 8.30pm with Nick Dyer(double bass ) and Ian Ellis (Tenor sax and Clarinet)
Tuesday 4th August Chaplins , Boscombe with Nick Dyer (Double Bass ) and Ian Ellis(Tenor Sax and Clarinet) 8.30pm www.chaplins-bar.co.uk
Sundays with Musique a Trois at Chaplins, Boscombe. Monthly dates(all 9.00pm):
Sunday 16th August ( note additional gig on Tueday 4th August)
Sunday 20th September
Sunday 18th October - special guest Sarah Bolter (sax and clarinet)
Sunday 15th November
Sunday 20th December
Sunday 21st February 2016 CHAPLINS, Boscombe. 8.30 pm Sunday with Musique a Trois
Sunday 20th March 2016 CHAPLINS ,Boscombe 8.30pm Sunday with Musique a Trois
Sunday 17th April 2016 CHAPLINS , Boscombe 8.30pm Sunday with Musique a Trois
Saturday 23rd April 2016 Bournemouth Jazz Festival
5.00 p.m. - 6.00 p.m. Open Stage, The Square Bournemouth town centre. Please note revised time
9.00pm Norfolk Royale Hotel.
World Jazz Jamboree. Full French themed cabaret. (Tickets £8, see Bournemouth Jazz Festival website for booking info).
Sunday 8th May 2016 Christchurch Food Festival.
Special guest Sarah Bolter (Tenor Sax)
The Quomps, Christchurch 1.00pm.
Sunday 15th May 2016 CHAPLINS, Boscombe 8.30pm
Sunday with Musique a Trois
Sunday 19th June 2016 CHAPLINS,Boscombe 8.30pm
Saturday 9th July 2016 Beggars Fair, Romsey. White Horse Hotel. 2.00pm. Special guest Paul Stiles ( tenor and alto sax, clarinet/flute)
Sunday 31st July 2016 CHAPLINS, Boscombe 8.30pm.
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FROM 17th July.
Sunday 21st August 2016 CHAPLINS , Boscombe 8.30pm.
Sunday 18th September 2016 CHAPLINS, Boscombe 8.30pm.
Sunday 16th October 2016 CHAPLINS, Boscombe 8.30 pm.
Saturday 22nd October 2016 Fordingbridge Twinning Assoc. Jazz on an Autumn Evening Town Hall,Fordingbridge, HANTS.
Tickets £15-see newspaper press release at the top of this page.
Saturday 29th October 2016 Romsey Conservative Club, Romsey. Hants. SOLD OUT . Sorry no guest spaces left !
Tickets £10. See booking info at top of Home page.
Sunday 20th November 2016 Chaplins,Boscombe 8.30pm . Special guest Jim Anderson ( Accordion)
Thursday 15th December 2016 Purbeck Folk Club . Langton Matravers Village Hall 9.00pm + support £6 on the door. Special guest Sarah Bolter ( Tenor sax and Clarinet)
Sunday 18th December 2016 Chaplins,Boscombe 8.30pm CHRISTMAS SHOW.
5.00 pm JAZZ VILLAGE , THE SQUARE BOURNEMOUTH ( I HOUR JAZZ SET)
9.00 pm NORFOLK ROYALE HOTEL,THE DORSET SUITE, WORLD JAZZ JAMBOREE ( FULL FRENCH MUSIC THEMED CABARET SHOW, TICKETS £8 IN ADVANCE OR ON THE DOOR IF AVAILABLE). Tickets 0844 576 3000 or online bournemouthjazzfestival.co.uk " A feast of vintage and modern Gypsy Jazz, Swing,Tango and French Chansons." ( Festival Programme)
NEWS JAN 2016
DUE TO UNFORSEEN CIRCUMSTANCES THE COMPLETION OF A SHOWREEL FROM FOOTAGE OF OUR GIG AT SHELLEY THEATRE IN NOVEMBER 2015 HAS HAD TO BE DELAYED. WE WILL RESUME FINAL EDIT OF THE FOOTAGE ASAP.
News October 2015
Saturday 14th November, 8.00 p.m. We are back at Shelley Theatre .With special guest Marc Tuddenham (guitar). This full cabaret show complete with the antics of “ Madame J ” will recorded and videoed with a view to adding some live material to the studio tracks we have already recorded for our debut album and creating new promotional material. There will be mics. set up to capture audience participation/singing/applause etc., so if you are able to get along to help out that would be great! Tickets are £10 from the theatre online box office - see gigs page for link.
Please come and say hi if you manage to get along to one of our forthcoming gigs.
C’est tout pour le moment!
NEWS JULY 2015 Thanks to all who supported us at the Beggars Fair on 11th - we made lots of new friends ! Our next gig is at award-winning Chaplin's & The Cellar Bar , Boscombe, Dorset on Sunday 19th July, starting around 8.30pm. We are back at the fantastic Shelley Theatre in Boscombe, Dorset with our full cabaret show on Saturday 14th November - see gigs page for links to Shelley and Chaplin's websites. Here is our set list from Saturday, for those who were interested in the song titles. Salut !
Johnny (tun'es pas un ange)
La Vie En Rose
Just Her Younger Man (Bethany Jameson/Karen Street)
Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
Je Ne Veux Pas Travailler
Non,Je Regrette Rien
NEWS JUNE 2015 Our gig in Romsey for the Beggars Fair on 11th July will be at the WHITE HORSE HOTEL, Market Place , starting at 3.15 pm - see gigs page for link to the Beggars Fair website. We are very much looking forward to playing at this event and praying for sunshine ! We will be joined by Marc Tuddenham ( guitar ) for this gig.
We are in the process of recording material for an album containing popular tunes from our live show and some originals - watch this space ! We are hoping that we can launch the album in the Autumn.
Thanks to everyone who supported our show at the SHELLEY THEATRE on May 22nd. As usual we had loads of fun ! Particular thanks to Alex our " Technicien " for the sound and lighting and assisting in the comedy routines, the fantastic staff at the theatre who looked after us , Nigel Hale and Kate Newton for their continuing support and assistance, and to Kate for repairing the ever -scatty Madame J's dress mid-show !
c'est tout pour le moment !
We had a great night at the Lyric Theatre In Bridport on Friday 30th January with the new Musique a Trois line up. Thanks to Ian Ellis (Tenor Sax) , Nick Dyer (Double Bass ) , James Marshall (sound and light); Nigel Hale and Kate Newton for their tolerance and invaluable assistance with the band travel arrangements and setting up of the show. And of course Nicki and all the staff and management of the Lyric Theatre plus all the people who turned up on a cold night to enjoy the show ! Thank you for your support. There is a video clip of one of the tunes we played on the Audio and Visual page of this site which we hope you enjoy.
Hot off the Press !!! GIG NEWS 2015
We are bringing our show to the Shelley Theatre , Boscombe again in May 2015 - date confirmed Friday 22nd May 2015 at 8.00 pm. Look out for more details on our GIGS page with a link to the Theatre website.
Also watch out for news about the Bournemouth Jazz Festival 19th, 20th, 21st June . We will be performing on the Saturday evening 20th June at THE WEST BEACH RESTAURANT. See the festival website page for information about all venues and performers.
Janet was classically trained at The Royal Academy of Music, following her studies at The Purcell School. She works as a freelance musician, and for organizations such as; The 'Not Forgotten' Association, ENSA and Variety Collective Agency. Although Janet is an accordionist, she also works as a multi-instrumental soloist, performs in concert parties, in bands and in cabaret. She is also a fine pianist, accompanist, and plays flute and saxophone. Janet has performed in French shows including some in West End Theatres, and is enthusiastic about this new venture 'Musique a Trois'. At times Janet has appeared on television; and her radio broadcasts include performances for BBC and Classic FM. She has performed in Variety at The London Palladium, and for H.M.The Queen. Janet has given concerts on cruise liners and has played accordion with The London Symphony Orchestra on occasions. Do take a look at Janet's website www.janetbeale.co.uk
NEWS 6th January 2015
The lineup for the new Musique à Trois sound is confirmed. Bethany (vocals), Simon ( Guitar and vocals) , Nick Dyer on double bass and a special guest. Expect some fantastic Django/Grapelli type sounds mixed in with the French classics and a sprinkle of inappropriate comedy pieces too. If you're near The Lyric Theatre in Bridport on 30th Jan( SEE GIGS PAGE FOR LINK TO THEATRE WEBSITE), join us. And look out of some exciting experimenting as we'll be having all sorts of lovely guests this year - watch this space!
NEWS 21st October 2014
SUNDAY 20th OCTOBER 2013 - PRIVATE HOUSE GIG, CHRISTCHURCH ,DORSET
Thursday 26th October 2pm - Beth and Simon playing " unplugged " on Hope FM
FRIDAY 8th NOVEMBER 2013 - LAUNCH GIG, THE ELM TREE,HIGHTOWN ROAD , RINGWOOD ,HANTS. We are pleased to announce that local singer/guitarist Carys Lowry-Carter will be opening the show
NEW NEWS NEWS !!!!! Thanks to everyone who attended our Launch Party on 8th November !!! It was a great evening and special thanks to Keith Kensley(sound), James Marshall (lighting,sound and cameras), Carys Lowrey- Carter (vocals and Guitar) who opened the show, Kate Newton (barn decoration, feeding us and lugging heavy equipmement around ), Jane on the door and The Elm Tree staff and management. You were all great !! Video footage and photos will appear on our AUDIO AND VIDEO and GALLERY pages as soon as editing has been completed !! We are looking forward to our next live outing !!
Here are the answers to our music quiz (see ARCHIVES page for questions)
1. Hubert Rostaing
2. Amsterdam(David Bowie)
3. Boxer Marcel Cerdan was killed in a plane crash in October 1949
4. Mumbles the pianist ( Paradise Alley, 1980)
5. Notting Hill
Congratulations to the winner of the two tickets to our opening show who wishes to remain anonymous !
WIN A PAIR OF TICKETS TO MUSIQUE à TROIS’ LAUNCH PARTY AT THE ELM TREE, RINGWOOD ON 8TH NOVEMBER !
Entries by email only please ( headed “ Musique à Trois Quiz ” ) to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This competition is being promoted by members of Musique à Trois in order to raise awareness of their new venture. Musique à Trois are not a promotions company.
French-themed Music Quiz Rules ( apologies - we have to do this by law)
1. The competition is open to UK residents aged 18 and over.
2. Family members of Musique à Trois are not permitted to enter the competition.
3.The first email received with all answers correct will be announced the winner. The decision of the judges is final. In the event that no one answers all 5 questions correctly, the first email received with the most correct answers will be deemed to be the winner of the competition.
4. The winner will be notified by email and announced on the Musique à Trois website, subject to the
winner's agreement to this publicity.
5. Please do not post your answers on Musique à Trois Facebook page as this company is not associated with this quiz.
6. Closing date midnight 6th November 2013.
Q1 What was the name of the clarinet player who took over from violinist Stéphane Grappelli in the QHCF during the occupation of France in the 1940’s?
Q2 Which Jacques Brel song was covered by a famous British 70’s glam rock star?
Q3 What happened to Edith Piaf’s legendary champion sportsman lover ?
Q4 What is the name of Tom Wait’s character in his debut film role in 1978?
Q5 Which film, set in London, featured a song by Charles Aznavour?
GOOD LUCK !!