Burlington City Arts

Summer Concert Series: Francesca Blanchard

August 15, 2018, 5:30PM - 6:30PM

Enjoy lunchtime tunes all summer long with FREE City Hall Park Summer Concerts. Bring your lunch, meet up with friends or coworkers, and enjoy free music. NOTE: This performance starts at 5:30 p.m.

Francesca recalls her Mediterranean childhood as one of bare feet on terracotta tiles, fuchsia sunsets, fresh mistral breezes, the aroma of lavender and evening cricket choirs. La vie douce (“the sweet life”) aptly describes the rhythm and rhyme of those early years, where extended sojourns to a family cabin in the Alps 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. 

Raised by the voices of Tracy Chapman, Eva Cassidy, Françoise Hardy and Nora Jones (among others), Francesca has always felt a strong connection to deeply intimate female vocals, ("the ones that speak for themselves," as Blanchard puts it). Notable performances include opening for Suzanne Vega, Joan Armatrading, and Yuna, along with performing at Les FrancoFolies de Montréal and the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Following her 2011 six-track EP, Blanchard released an extended EP in 2014 with three additional demo tracks. She recorded her first full-length album of original songs (six in English, six in French) in the summer of 2014.

Pouring her heart into delicate melodies written for the acoustic guitar, Blanchard’s debut album Deux Visions was released on October 2, 2015. It was produced by Chris Velan (Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars), mixed by acclaimed Montreal producer Jean Massicotte (Lhasa, Patrick Watson, Arthur H, Jorane) and mastered at the prestigious Metropolis Studios in London. The album reflects Francesca’s travels, both physical and emotional, with influences ranging from Norah Jones and Carla Bruni to Eva Cassidy and Françoise Hardy. 

Make plans to attend all of our free concerts this summer. Admission is free and every performance starts at noon. 

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Burlington City Arts
135 Church Street
Burlington, VT 05401