Meet Emma Hamilton: The French classics extraordinaire!

Are you in the mood for some eclectic mix of French Chansons, jazz and rockin’ cajan tunes? Emma Hamilton and her 7-piece band will be showcasing their high energy musical talent at the Orpheum for the show ‘From Paris to New Orleans’. Step into Paris, right in the heart of Mosman, and tune out to a night full of French classics that will fill you with nostalgia. 

We also got the Queen of French music in for an exclusive chat, have a read!

Four Frogs creperie - Emma Hamilton at the orpheum

Emma, you speak French almost like a native. Where does your relationship with France come from?

Well my mother is French and my father is Australian, so I grew up surrounded by both cultures. We were lucky enough to go back to France regularly and visit our French family, but live in Australia – the best of both worlds! 

You are a regular visitor of our Mosman Crêperie. What is your favourite Galette/Crêpe?
Beurre/citron/sucre (Butter / Sugar / Lemon)!! I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner! 

You will be doing a concert at the Cremorne Orpheum on 14th July, Called ‘Paris to New Orleans’, could you tell us more about it?
My next show at the Orpheum is very exciting for me, as I will have the opportunity to perform again with my wonderful band led by my virtuoso pianist brother Thomas, drums, bass, guitar and a horn section. We did 2 French-inspired shows at the Orpheum last year, which were a big success, and this time we decided to blend our French material with some Cajun and New Orleans jazz. The accordion, which I play, is a big part of French music and Cajun music, and we wanted to explore these 2 repertoires within this show. I am very excited and so far the rehearsals sound fantastique! 

What inspired you to start playing and making music in French?
Growing up with a musician father, my brother Thomas and I were always going to our Dad’s gigs, so it felt really natural for us to become musicians. I remember when I first heard Edith Piaf as a teenager, I fell in love with her voice and her intensity and her recognisable vibrato, I was hooked! I was always so drawn to the accordionists that you would see them playing on the metro or on the streets in Paris, so because of this, I got my first accordion at a folk festival as a teenager. This lead me to record my debut album on ABC Jazz/universal called La Musique, a compilation of French classic songs done in my own way along with my original compositions.  
What are your upcoming gigs? 
My next show is on the 14th of July for Bastille Day at the stunning Orpheum Theatre in Cremorne!  





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