Oh la la ! Fifi La Mer:

Oh La La is the name of the band. It is led by Fifi la Mer, who sings in French and English, which gives me a problem. Je suis un Canadien. Je ne parle pas francais. Quel Dommage. Well, her storytelling is excellent, both in presenting a song and singing it, so no problem there, then. She has lovely phrasing, and the arrangements a...re interesting, quirky in places, and fun.

Fifi is a busy lady, singing, presenting, and playing the very difficult traditional French button accordion with great skill. In the opening number, the Beatles' "Michelle", she also whistled. The song was a charming start to a good gig.

Not only did the band have fun up there, but the playing was excellent. Kit Massey on violin was new to us. I had never heard a jazz violinist use a mute before, which he did on "La Vie en Rose" to close the first set. It changes the timbre into something soft and lush.

Colin Oxley we know as a fine jazz guitarist, and so it proved last night. He had several great solos: I particularly llked the one in "Tea for Two". Colin is also an excellent accompanist in all the necessary styles that the evening produced.

The bass is the foundation of most music, and Julian Bury (who we also know) did an excellent job. He also had several fine solos, including one on the bow, which was a delight.

It was a most entertaining evening, and the audience had a great time, even when asked to sing along. In French. On "Je ne Regrette". They did.


Fleece Jazz club

We were delighted to have you playing at the Bonhams Auction House Charity event, the style of music blended in perfectly.
On the night Help the Hospices made £70,000 so as you can imagine we were extremely pleased!  Please pass on our thanks too to the other members of the band.
Kind regards.
Paul Dyer
Group Communications Director
Towergate Underwriting Group

The party was lovely and everyone had a great time - all were so complementary about your music and they all loved the songs.  Many thanks for helping to make it a very special event - one I am going to remember for many many years I hope!
Good luck and please keep in touch if you can but I have a feeling you are going to be a very busy lady!
Very best wishes

Hi Stephanie-THANK YOU so much for the cd-it arrived today and it's fab!!! The music is something I will cherish about our wedding day so thank you for making it all the more special with such fab music!!
We'll definitely be in touch again if we need more live music!
Very best wishes,
Sarah and James xx