Irenka at Little Gourmand

Irenka at Little Gourmand

Irenka has a voice that takes you to a timeless space in a modern time.  This past Friday, July 14th, Nashville Offbeat went to a Bastille Day celebration in the heart of Green Hills at local deli Little Gourmand.  People walked down a lane of boutique shops, decked with strings of small French flags hanging above their heads, to be engulfed in a crowd of over 100.  There were children running around in colorful dresses and berets, as well as adults sipping on wine and nibbling on cheese plates.  

Standing on the stage was a beautiful vocalist in a bright red dress and black leather boots.  Everyone in attendance turned their eyes to Irenka.  The Belgian artist began with a cover by Zaz, a song familiar to the French-speaking audience.  The lyrics and melodies flowed effortlessly from her in a nonchalant, yet powerful fashion, transporting the entire crowd to another time and place.  It was truly an experience to behold!  

Accompanied by a wonderful band featuring upright bass, violin, and guitar, Irenka needed no other instrumentation to make her voice shine throughout the late afternoon.  The simplicity of the three piece band was perfect for both her sound and the vibe of the community gathered together in celebration.

Irenka plays out often around Nashville.  She plays both French classics as well as her original Pop/Soul/Dance music.  You can find her music on Soundcloud (Dreamland is Nashville Offbeat's favorite!).  Check out her website, www.blackswanworld.com, and follow her on Facebook to keep up with her journey!  

John Dennis

John Dennis

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