The CLUAS Archive: 1998 - 2011


November was a bumper month for Irish acts playing in Paris, and the trend looks set to continue into December.

The ThrillsTonight (1 December) The Thrills (right) are playing in the Maroquinerie, one of our favourite indie venues here. The Brian Wilson worshippers are currently on a European tour in support of their latest album, 'Teenager'.

Next stop for the lads is Amsterdam, followed by Germany, Spain and Scandinavia, all in the next two weeks. Let's hope Conor Deasy's voice can hold up under that busy schedule.

Those madcap Cork boys The Frank And Walters (below left) are playing two Paris shows this week. First, they're at La Flèche d'Or (this blogger's home from home) tomorrow night (2 December), and they'll also be at the Club Le Baron on the swanky Avenue Marceau just off the Champs-Elysées on Tuesday 4 December.

The Frank And WaltersThat leaves them all of Monday free for a bit of sightseeing. Oh, and some promoting business; their last album 'A Renewed Interest In Happiness' was released in Europe earlier this year.

After their Paris shows, The Frank And Walters will be touring around Ireland during December to play for you their new single 'City Lights' and their fine back-catalogue of colourful guitar-pop.

The Frank And Walters gig tomorrow night is part of a fantastic line-up at La Flèche d'Or this week. Last night we saw The Posies there: guitarist Ken Stringfellow now lives in Paris, and last night he and singer Jon Auer put on a stripped-down, guitars-only show of the band's power-pop classics. They played 'Flavor Of The Month'; it made our weekend.

Then on Monday there'll be a mad dash from the day-job to see more cult indie-pop, this time from Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips of Galaxie 500 and Luna fame. Support comes from much-fancied French singer Bo.

In his role as CLUAS Foreign Correspondent (Paris), your blogger will have a gig review of the Frank And Walters show as soon as possible. As a nod to the non-striking transport workers of France, perhaps they might play 'Happy Busman':

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