Jane Birkin: probably the world’s sexiest sixty-something. She of the breathy lyrics and, you know, that song: a siren of the sixties who happens to sound just as good today. Well, the lady’s got a new CD out, and she’s making a rare-ish public appearance in the UK at the Barbican this Saturday.
The concert will feature material from her new album, Enfants d’Hiver, together with some of the hits she had as Serge Gainsbourg’s muse. You really don’t have to be a francophone to appreciate the sweetness of her voice and the passion of her lyrics (notwithstanding the fact that she is a Londoner anyway). And then of course there is this really sad thing to which very few of us Brits will admit: don’t we feel oh-so-sophisticated sitting there listening to French music, like we’re quite the Europolitan. It excites us in a bitter-sweet, intangible way. Go on - you know we're right.
She is supported by an up and coming French folksy bluesy group called Moriarty. Who seem jolly nice.
Tickets are from £15.00, and you can buy them on-line or call the box office on 020 7638 8891.