Photo : Sharko © Diego Diaz
Rennes Home Tour
Sharko
(Belgique)
Take Away Pop Music
David Bartholomé is a charismatic troublemaker and frontman of a leading light of Belgium’s rock scene. Last year he played his acoustic greatest hits solo in people’s living rooms on his Hometour Acoustic Woaw tour. And he’ll be trying to recreate the same intimacy and audience connection at these six Rennes gigs.

In the late 1990s, bass-player and tenor David Bartholomé was a leading light in Belgium’s rock scene, which took up where dEUS left off in impacting European rock. Alongside Venus, Zita Swoon, Ghinzu, Dead Man Ray, Girls in Hawaii and Hollywood Porn Stars, his Sharko was making riveting music, with seven inventive and eccentric pop albums. Last year, he was back with Hometour Acoustic Woaw, an acoustic rearrangement of fourteen of his greatest hits, with a tour of private shows in people’s living rooms. We are delighted to announce that Sharko is now back in Rennes with a solo guitar and vocal performance.

We will probably never know why Sharko never achieved the success his voice, profound songs and on-stage charisma deserved. But with seven solo and group albums (Cosmic Woo Woo in 2011), he holds a special place in Belgium and France, with a faithful audience of almost twenty years. David Bartholomé is an exuberant and endearing performer with a good sense of humour and uncanny ability to laugh at himself. In 2009, he published an extract from his diary on the band’s official website, seizing the opportunity to take a seven-year musical hiatus.

After releasing You Don’t Have To Worry (2016), he distanced himself from traditional promotional channels and all musical business intermediaries, deciding to champion his own songs with acoustic performances at concerts in people’s living rooms. Delighted with this late success, he soon recorded Hometour Acoustic Woaw (2017), a collection of fourteen Sharko songs rearranged and remastered into acoustic versions. Since then, he has continued this home tour, giving solo guitar and vocal performances. This is a new way of listening again to the greatest hits and other lesser-known songs by this long-running big name on the Belgian French-speaking rock scene and getting to know a charming, profoundly honest artist.

BIOGRAPHY

Singer-songwriter and performer David Bartholomé was born in Arlon, Walloon Region, in 1973. He moved to the USA before returning to Belgium to create Sharko and record their first album, Feuded (1999), which immediately put him at the heart of the popular French-speaking Belgian rock movement. Meeuws 2 (2001), and then Sharko 3 (2004, produced by Ben Findlay) received excellent reviews and the group continued their career with non-stop tours across Belgium, France, the UK, Switzerland, Italy and the USA. Molecule (2007, produced by Dimitri Tikovoï ) and Dance on the beast (2009, recorded in London by Flood) were not as successful as hoped. Sharko used this time to release his diary and work on his first solo album, Cosmic Woo Woo (2011). After a seven-year break, during which David Bartholomé composed film scores (Quel Cirque, Molenbeek, Guy André Daniel Michel, etc.), Sharko was back in 2016 with eleven tracks on You Don’t Have To Worry, featuring original guitarist Teuk Henri, and then with their acoustic greatest hits album, Hometour Acoustic Woaw (September 2017). Sharko has received four Octaves de la musique awards, the Wallonia-Brussels equivalent of the French Victoires de la musique awards, and is continuing the home tours he loves.

DISTRIBUTION

Composition, guitar and vocals : David Bartholomé.

Saturday 07 July 2018
19:15 > 20:15
Cloître de L’Église Saint-Mélaine, Rennes
Friday 06 July 2018
17:00 > 18:00
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
Secret location indicated on the ticket to be withdrawn the day before at the ticket office of the festival
Friday 06 July 2018
19:30 > 20:30
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
Secret location indicated on the ticket to be withdrawn the day before at the ticket office of the festival
Saturday 07 July 2018
15:00 > 16:00
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
Secret location indicated on the ticket to be withdrawn the day before at the ticket office of the festival
Sunday 08 July 2018
12:00 > 13:00
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
Secret location indicated on the ticket to be withdrawn the day before at the ticket office of the festival
Sunday 08 July 2018
16:00 > 17:00
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
Secret location indicated on the ticket to be withdrawn the day before at the ticket office of the festival

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Cloître de L’Église Saint-Mélaine, Rennes
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
Place de la Mairie, Rennes
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