Forever French

Wednesdays 8pm – 9.30pm

Presented by Gabrielle Haumesser, Sandrine Charruyer, Angela Lai.

Every Wednesday night for over 20 years, there’s been a French show on Eastside Radio.

ForeverFrench was started by Gabrielle and Sandrine as a music program in 2000 and, since then, the team has grown with talented presenters.

In France, in a previous life, Gabrielle Haumesser produced a program for French Public Radio focusing on music, travel and African projects as well as running a nightclub promoting interesting new artists. Hailing from Bordeaux, Sandrine Charruyer lived in the French Caribbean and New Caledonia where she discovered Beguine and Zouk. She also directs and produces films, including the award-winning PAMdemonium, released in 2018.

All about music from French-speaking countries, ForeverFrench plays tracks from Belgium, Switzerland, Africa, The French Caribbean, Quebec, New Caledonia, Tahiti, Madagascar and Reunion Island. Also music produced in France is played – some of which is in English, Arabic or Corsican and even the Celtic dialect of Brittany!

As the presenters regularly travel to France, they choose the best chansons – thus presenting a program that is current, interesting and always enjoyable. There’s songs by Serge Gainsbourg, and quirky stuff from the likes of Catherine Ringer, Rodolphe Burger, Philippe Poirier, Ben Mazue, Bertrand Belin, Bertrand Burgalat, Mathieu Boggaerts, Rosemary Standley and Camille. And of course French jazz such as the Double Six, Claude Nougaro, The Voice Messengers, Michel Legrand, Richard Galliano and Tricia Evy.

Giving listeners the rare opportunity of discovering a lesser-known variety of French music from around the world, ForeverFrench attracts many faithful followers.

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