Pigalle! – The Life & Music of Édith Piaf

Chanteuse Derby Browne performs her personal tribute to The Little Sparrow – Édith Piaf, with performances of ‘La Vie En Rose’, ‘No Regrets’, ‘Autumn Leaves’ and ‘Under The Bridges of Paris’, this Winter in Whale Theatre.

Pigalle is packed with music from the cabarets, cafes and music-halls of Paris, with romantic interludes from Parisian tea-shops, carnivals and market-places.

Irish born Derby Browne studied music and drama at the Conservatory of Music in Dublin before pursuing a career on Stage and screen that has taken her across Europe. Derby now resides in Dublin, showcasing her eclectic mix of singing and performance styles at venues across the country.


Édith Piaf


Edith Piaf was one of the most beloved singers of the twentieth century.  From the start of her exceptional career in the 1930’s, her waif-like form and heart-wrenching voice endeared her first to the French, then to audiences around the globe.


As she moved from her youth singing in the streets to the glamour of the Paris music-halls, Piaf formed lasting friendships with such figures as Maurice Chevalier, Jean Cocteau and Marlene Dietrich;  she wrote many of her own songs, aided the Resistance in the Second World War, and mentored younger singers like Yves Montand and Charles Aznavour.  Yet her path to stardom was full of tragedies – the death of her daughter in infancy; the death of Marcel Cerdan, her greatest love, in a plane crash; her many illnesses, affairs and addictions, all of which nourished her passionate performances and strengthened her enduring bond with audiences.


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