here's a few words about my album:
From Paris, France, "The Belle Epoque Ensemble" presents LUCETTINA, a 12 original titles album.
The band is all acoustic with banjo, violon, piano and bass
with a few guests on accordion, guitar, cello and uke.
Lucettina is an instrumental album with rag tunes, waltzs, a couple of ballads and swings;it shows that the banjo can play its own music, far from bluegrass.
HAVONA SHORES the band's new cd is also aviable at cdbaby.com
here's a few words about the author:
I'm Jean-marc Andres, a french born banjo player.
After playing with french singer Hugues Aufray and then touring the US for several seasons with the french band "Transatlantic Bluegrass", I moved to Woodstock(NY) to play the banjo for John Herald and the guitar, mandoline and banjo for a local trio named "Acoustic News".
After a few years I moved south to Florida to work the local scene in a duo, again playing acoustic adaptations of popular songs on guitar, banjo and mandoline.
Moving further south, to the Carrabeans, I played local music with a local band for about 3 years before moving back to France.
Then, I released my first solo album "ZARANA" a ragtime duo with piano and banjo.
LUCETTINA was realeased in august 2005.
"technically exellent....banjo played with great musicality....melodies that reminds you of beautifull things..."
The Banjoists' Broadsheet (UK)
"...plenty to savor in this unique banjo stylings..."
Bluegrass Unlimited (USA)
"...sit back with your feet up on the red-velvet Ottoman, pour yourself a cognac and enjoy"
The Folk Rag (Australia)