I first came across Francois Virot‘s music when I saw the videos of his Take Away Shows with La Blogotheque. I was drawn to his unusual, yet captivating, vocal style. Francois is from Lyon and plays wonderful folky songs. You can listen to and download alot of Francois’ songs here for free.
On the Covers album Francois tackles some classics, including ABBA’s Dancing Queen. I love it, more than the original. He also does a cover of my favourite Elliott Smith song, Between the Bars. Click here to go to hear the songs. Francois has alot of French tour dates lined up for January/February, you can see the full list on his myspace. Make sure you go see him if you can, I’m sure he is fantastic live. Francois kindly answered ten questions, here they are:
What was your first musical instrument and where did you get it?
It was a guitar, I was seven… I get from my ma… actually she didn’t give it to me, it was hers. I just borrow it first, then keep it, then leave it, and finally take it back.
Do you download music or buy hard copies? Or both?
Hmm… I mainly got music from friends who both download and buy music…
Favourite music venue to play and why?
Zedosbois, in Lisboa, Portugal, because I love Lisboa, the sea, ahhh, everything there!
Last book read:
My book, David Shrigley (because there are big pictures)
Last movie watched:
Vivre sa vie, jl godard
Current favourite thing on TV:
Best moment on tour?
I met my actual girlfriend more than a year ago on tour. The best moment ever.
If you could play anywhere in the world, where would it be?
Home! in Lyon! He he he!
Favourite band/singer/album you discovered recently?
If you could get any two musicians to collaborate with each other, who would they be and why?
Kate Bush and the Beach Boys
Thanks to Francois for taking part and answering the 10 questions!