Flossie Malavialle is a French singer who started getting involved in the British folk scene in 2000-2001 while she was on a teacher exchange in the North East of England. How it all started... After 12 years of teaching English full time in secondary schools in the South of France, she decided to apply for a job as a French teacher in England, as she felt it would boost her English to live abroad for a year. She got one in Stockton-on-Tees and was living in Darlington at the time (great part of the world to improve your English, like ). She had also been singing for years in France before that and that's why she found it quite natural to turn up at the Darlington folk club one night to meet the locals and sing a song... She didn't realise then that this was going to be the beginning of a new life in England for her. And now? After her exchange was over, she went back to France for a year but she missed the life she had had in England so decided to come back! She is now based in Darlington, does some supply teaching in the area when needed but is mainly focused on her singing. She has released 9 albums since 2002, "Thistledown" (September 2002), "Mistral" (March 2003), "Flossie sings Piaf" (May 2003) , "Making up the miles" in December 2004, "The Wilderness Years" in November 2006, "Flossie sings Brel" in November 2007, "What a wonderful world!" (June 2009) with pianist Michael Mulroy, (mainly a collection of jazz standards alongside some very famous modern classics) "The Tour Collection" (September 2009) which release coincided with the Show of Hands 2009 County Towns Tour and "Dark Horses" (January 2010) which is a collection of songs written by Keith Donnelly and interpreted by Flossie. Again, this latest album was released to coincide with the Fairport Convention Wintour for which they did the support throughout. You can go to the Albums page to get the full track list for each album. What sort of songs does Flossie sing? Her repertoire is very open as she likes all sorts of different music genres. Her songs include famous numbers, including Allan Taylor's "Roll on the day", Kieran Halpin's "Making up the miles", Colum Sands' "The child who asks why", Starrett and Laird's " John Condon" but also Edith Piaf's eternal favourites "No regrets", "La vie en rose"... or Jacques Brel's "Amsterdam" and "Ne me quitte pas"... She also loves songs full of energy or, as she calls them herself, full of "vavavoum" such as Bonnie Raitt's "Road's my middle name", Kris Kristofferson's "Bobby McGee" (Janis Joplin way), Marylin Middleton's "Wild women" etc... There's also space for lovely ballads such as Keith Pearson's "More hills to climb" or Frank Sinatra's "Strangers in the night" as well as jazzy tunes like "Let's fall in love", "Misty" or "Fly me to the moon". So even if you have never seen or heard her before, surely there will be something in her repertoire to suit your taste! Flossie is making new friends wherever she sings and is looking forward to seeing you at any of her concerts soon! (Check the gig list for concerts in your area...and beyond !!!) Please feel free to email her at [email protected] for any piece of information you might need or even just to say hello!