Hugues Aufray’s confessional album at Monte-Carlo Sound Sessions: Troubador since 1948


Hugues Aufray, French folk music icon with several generations of fans, will share his most intimate thoughts with you through excerpts of his latest, evocatively titled opus, Troubador since 1948, on Friday 16 November 2012 at 8:30 pm at the Opéra de Monte-Carlo!

Troubador since 1948?

Hugues Aufray - Monte-Carlo Sound Sessions

The life of Hugues Aufray has always been like entangled threads that get tied up and then untied, and then suddenly and simply all end up in one clear straight line. And that’s how it has been since 1948. “I wanted to include ‘since 1948′ in the album title because I wanted to show how I Americanised my song repertoire which enabled me to gain expressiveness in French. And Troubador isn’t a spelling error; it’s close to the original Occitan word that we find on albums by American musicians such as JJ Cale, Johnny Cash or Willie Nelson.”

His song repertoire is stunning and the cast, staggering: Françoise Hardy for the 60s romanticism of “Quand j’entends siffler le train”, Jimmy Breaux of BeauSoleil on the accordion for the Cajun hues in “La Vie comme telle”, the amazing violinist Sarah Watkins of Nickel Creek and Herb Pedersen and Pat Sauber from Loafer’s Glory on the guitar and banjo for a bluegrass sound in “Santiano”, Alvin Chea from Take 6 to bring out the soul-jazz chorus in “On est les rois”, etc.

But the fact that Troubador since 1948 is filled with superb songs that are sung by exceptional musicians isn’t the only reason we were won over by this album.

It’s also because almost imperceptibly, irresistibly, we can’t help but sing along…


Join us at Monte-Carlo Sound Sessions!


Friday 16 November 2012 at 8:30 pm – Opéra Garnier
Cat.1: €55 / Cat.2: €50




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