Acoustic sounds taking pride of place in chanson session at Club 85 in Hitchin on Sunday night

Alan Clayson at Club 85

Alan Clayson at Club 85 - Credit: Archant

There’s an unplugged vibe about Hitchin’s Club 85 on Sunday night when chanson will be on the spotlight.

Chanson is what they call heartfelt lyric-driven songs on the other side of the Channel – the sort of thing Jacques Brel would intone while sucking back on a Gauloises.

A man who specialises in the form is a chanteur, a woman gets tagged with the more familiar chanteuse, and a collection of chansons, especially from the late Middle Ages and Renaissance, is a chansonnier.

Alan Clayson will be performing his take on the Gallic genre in a mixed bill at the Whinbush Road from 7pm.

It’ll only cost you £5 and also taking a spell in the spotlight will be Hazel Turnock and The Finger Choppers and The Twirling Canes.

According to the Club 85 crew: “We’re very happy with this line- up as it’s something very different and deviant away from your normal Sunday acoustic fare.”