Music inspired by French gypsy jazz on Bastille Day

ON Bastille Day – Sunday, July 14 – Petites Annonces will visit Lyme Regis to take us on a musical journey inspired by the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club de France, with French chansons from Charles Trenet to Georges Brassens, and gypsy jazz classics.

Petites Annonces plays its share of classic tunes including Reinhardt’s ‘Swing 42’, ‘Douce Ambiance’, and ‘Django’s Tiger’, as well as Paul ‘Tchan Tchou’ Vidal’s finger-torturing waltz, ‘La Gitane’.

The group’s versions are less about staying true to the original or showing off their virtuosity; instead, they brand the songs with their own character and sense of fun while keeping alive the spirit of swing.

Vocalist Jipe Gerardin leads a band with no fewer than three guitars, plus bass and violin.

Established in 2005, Petites Annonces have played at venues such as the London Mecca of gypsy jazz The Quecumbar, and the prestigious March Manouche Festival in Wales. Be prepared to hear something different avec un accent Français! 

The concert will be held at the Marine Theatre in Lyme Regis on Sunday, July 14 with the bar opening at 7pm for an 8pm start.

Tickets cost £8 in advance 0r £12 on the door. To book, call 01297 442138 or visit

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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