Tonight: Martha Wainwright Sings Edith Piaf

The singer-songwriter pays homage to the late French chanteuse in a rare performance

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Last year we crammed into a gazebo at the Spiegeltent around midnight to hear Martha Wainwright -- of the each-one-is-more-talented-than-the-last Wainwright clan, which includes Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Loudon Wainwright and the always-subtle Rufus -- sing songs made famous (or recorded and then left for obscurity) by Edith Piaf. She and her band have developed the material further and are making a live recording tonight at the L.E.S.'s Dixon Place and we can only say this: Go. Don't buy a ticket expecting to hear "La Vie en Rose" or "Je Ne Regrette Rien" -- Wainwright has dug much deeper into the Piaf trove -- but Piaf's bittersweet songs suit Wainwright's unusual wail of a voice perfectly. And besides, brother Rufus may pop up to tickle the ivories.

Martha Wainwright Sings Piaf
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street at Delancey Street; (212) 219 0736
Monday 6/15, 10pm
More information and tickets here.

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