French chansonnier

Julien also performs regularly as a French chansonnier, a balladeer… You can book him for a soirée at your house, your restaurant or venue. Sung in his native French, Julien covers a wide territory – from Charles Aznavour to Charles Trenet, via Georges Brassens, Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, or Edith Piaf…

Born in the countryside north of Paris, Julien started learning music at 15, wishing to emulate The Rolling Stones, Lou Reed and Jeff Buckley, finding French popular music quite insipid… He even went so far as to study English at university – though on the plus side, it means you can easily have a chat with him.

Moving to Australia at the ripe age of 24 (in 2003), he quickly joined the Blue Mtns music scene and began to perform on stage in earnest. After forming and joining bands to explore folk, funk, Balkan swing, disco, jazz, or ska, writing songs in each medium by the hundred, playing at music festivals, and recording albums, he finally came back to his musical roots and realised how colourful French music really is!

Often described as a “passionate performer”, Julien inhabits the music and lyrical contents he was bathed in since childhood.

Julien started playing weekly at The Rooster Restaurant (Katoomba, NSW) in January 2017 until its closure in April 2019. Stripped back to his vocals and guitar, armed with two decades experience, he has come to know his repertoire quite intimately – both technically and emotionally. He is also still very much active in other styles, music being both his day and night job.

To check out Julien’s catalogue on Spotify, click ICI.

Watch Julien perform an emotive version of Jacques Brel’s “Amsterdam”: