January 25, 2008

Father Frenchie CDs


***** for immediate release *****

Reindeer Records announced the release of two new CDs by Maine entertainer Louis Philippe that focus on the French language…well, sort of.

LA VIE EN ROSE is the soundtrack to a live concert revue that pays tribute to French legendary chanteuse Edith Piaf.  The revue starred Louis Philippe in Reindeer Theatre Company’s multi-media presentation, which includes many of Piaf’s powerful signature songs, in French and English.

Terry Foster, a popular pianist and music educator from Portland and co-founder of the Senior College at USM, is also featured on the CD as accompanist.

The songs include: “La Marseillaise, C’est Si Bon, Sous Le Ciel de Paris, La Vie en Rose, L’Accordeoniste, Mon Manège a Moi, New York New York, Les Feuilles Mortes, The Exodus Song, La Goualante du Pauvre Jean, Hymne a L’amour, Milord, Mon Dieu” and “Non Je Ne Regrette Rien.”  There are also two bonus songs, “Bonne Chance Mon Garçon,” by Michel Delpeche and “Prendre Un Enfant,” made famous by Nana Mouskouri.

The CD was recorded live before a studio audience at Starbird Music Recital Hall in April of 2007.  The session was recorded and mixed by Chris White, with engineering assistance by Abel Adame and Logan Burns.

FATHER FRENCHIE COMES TO LEWISTON is a comedy CD featuring Louis Philippe in his stand-up comedy role as the self-proclaimed ambassador of goodwill.

The character of Father Frenchie was actually born many years ago.  Complete with broken French accent, misused language, double entendres and colorful characters, he shares typical everyday experiences as a traveling Catholic priest.

“Fifteen years and several cleric shirts later, I am very proud to keep Father Frenchie busy, particularly with senior citizens who comment time and again how Father Frenchie brings them back to a more nourishing and peaceful time.  Somehow, he evokes fond memories of growing up, close relatives and wonderful family.”

Louis Philippe continues to bring his Father Frenchie routine to a myriad of nursing homes, health care facilities, ALFs, retirement communities, etc.  “On many occasions, he’ll be asked to share his wisdom and insight for church functions or senior citizen groups, and even variety shows,” Philippe said.

This CD was recorded live before a sold-out crowd of 400 at The Franco American Heritage Center in June of 2007, also recorded and mixed by Chris White.

Both CDs are available by calling 857-9002, or online at http://www.reindeergroup.org, Rudy’s Department Store link.  Both performances are also available as a live fundraising concert for interested organizations.



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