Vive la Difference

Vive la Difference is a unique acoustic duo, creating a difference that will set your occasion apart from the rest and our size keeps it under budget. Also, as we require moderate set up space, we can play almost anywhere!




We have that distinctive touch from a mix of both Europe and the New World influences, taking its root in Blues, Jazz and Latin music.

We perform lively acoustic sets in English, French, Brazilian, Spanish or Italian, and invite you and your guests to a musical journey with alternative and exclusive covers of songs from all over the world.


// About the band


// Toff.
// Vocals, Guitar

Born in Paris, France and classically trained, Toff. began his musical journey at a very young age exploring a wide range of musical styles: Blues, Jazz, Rock, Samba & Bossa Nova.

After performing in Europe for decades, he has taken his strumming and compelling voice to Melbourne.

You can request any song from The Beatles. Elvis or Vinicius de Moraes, and keep an ear out for his trumpet impression.


// Andrew Jennings
// Drums, Percussions

Andrew has been a percussionist for over 30 years and drumming has taken him around the world for festivals and concerts.

He has supported several world-class musicians, including Muddy Waters, BB king and John Mayall.

He specialises in Blues, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Jazz and, for the past 10 years, World Music consisting in European, African and Middle Eastern Sounds.



// Why “Vive la Difference”?

The saying is French for “Long live the difference”, which refers to our alternative take on the original recordings we cover, as well as to our varied musical heritage and multiple influences.

Also, we constantly improvise to make each performance unique.

Being different is the VLD touch!


// Our Sound

We manage to sound bigger than just a duo and produce that uniquely crafted sound using a mix of traditional instruments and modern technology to bring bass, organs, pianos, strings and brass to the party.

By operating a synthesizer through his classical guitar, Toff. produces the sounds of several instruments at once; virtual amps give more typical electric guitar feel to the nylon strings. He also uses a harmonizer to add up to 4 backup vocals to his singing in real time. Oh, and let's not forget his unique mouth-trumpet for jazzy solos!

Andrew uses drum kit and percussions simultaneously during performances, giving more amplitude to his style and easy transition between genres within a song.

Setlist

  • Blues - A Rainy Night In Georgia - Brook Benton
  • Blues - First in Line - Elvis Presley
  • Blues - Tears In Heaven - Eric Clapton
  • Blues - Something - The Beatles
  • Blues - Layla - Eric Clapton
  • Blues - Nobody Knows You - Eric Clapton
  • Blues - Le blues du dentiste - Henri Salvador
  • Blues - Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • Blues - Try A Little Tenderness - Otis Redding
  • Blues - Oh! Darling - The Beatles
  • Blues - Nights in White Satin - The Moody Blues
  • Blues - Can’t find my way home - Eric Clapton
  • Blues - Vieille Canaille (You Rascal You) - Serge Gainsbourg
  • Bossa/Samba - A day in the life of a fool - Luìs Bonfà
  • Bossa/Samba - And i love her - The Beatles
  • Bossa/Samba - Eu Sei Que Vou Te Amar - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Insensatez - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Samba Em Prelúdio - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Bidonville - Claude Nougaro
  • Bossa/Samba - S Wonderful - George Gershwin
  • Bossa/Samba - Vous les femmes (pobre diablo) - Julio Iglesias
  • Bossa/Samba - Nature boy - Nat King Cole
  • Bossa/Samba - Quando, Quando, Quando - Pat Boone
  • Bossa/Samba - A Felicidade - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - A Tonga Da Mironga Do Kabuletê - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Agua De Beber - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Aguas De Março - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Garota De Ipanema - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Lamento No Morro - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - The girl from ipanema - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Você Abusou - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Samba Da Bênção - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Samba Da Rosa - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Viva la vida - Michel Fugain
  • Bossa/Samba - Bim Bom - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Bossa/Samba - Tarde Em Itapuã - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Country - Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
  • Country - Tryin' To Get To You Lyrics - Elvis
  • Country - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Elvis Presley
  • Country - Blue Water Line - Elvis Presley
  • Folk - Elle Etait Si Jolie - Alain Barrière
  • Folk - Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
  • Folk - True Colors (Eva Cassidy cover) - Cyndi Lauper
  • Folk - Hallelujah - Jeff Buckley
  • Folk - From both sides now - Joni Mitchell
  • Folk - Bridge Over Troubled Water - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Folk - Homeward Bound - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Folk - Slip slidin away - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Folk - The Boxer - Simon & Garfunkel
  • Folk - Yesterday - The Beatles
  • Folk - Green leaves of summer - The Brothers Four
  • Folk - Greenfields - The Brothers Four
  • Folk - Try to remember - The brothers Four
  • Folk - Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
  • Jazz - Me And Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
  • Jazz - Toulouse - Claude Nougaro
  • Jazz - Besame Mucho - Consuelo Velázquez
  • Jazz - You Don't Know Me - Eddy Arnold
  • Jazz - I love you for sentimental reasons - Ella Fitzegrald
  • Jazz - I've got the world on a string - Ella Fitzegrald
  • Jazz - Miss otis regrets - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jazz - Misty - Ella Fitzgerald
  • Jazz - Autumn Leaves - Frank Sinatra
  • Jazz - Kissing A Fool - George Michael
  • Jazz - Cry Me A River - Julie London
  • Jazz - Days of wine and roses - Mel Torme
  • Jazz - Don’t know why - Norah Jones
  • Jazz - Sunny - Bobby Hebb
  • Jazz - For me, Formidable - Charles Aznavour
  • Jazz - La Mer - Charles Trenet
  • Jazz - Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Chet Baker
  • Jazz - When I Fall In Love - Chet Naker
  • Jazz - The More I See You - Chris Montez
  • Jazz - Armstrong - Claude Nougaro
  • Jazz - It's Only A Paper Moon - Ella Fitzegrald
  • Jazz - Dream A Little Dream Of Me - Ella Fiztgerald
  • Jazz - Ain't Misbehavin' - Fats Waller
  • Jazz - Fly me to the moon - Frank Sinatra
  • Jazz - The lady is a tramp - Frank Sinatra
  • Jazz - The Way You Look Tonight - Frank Sinatra
  • Jazz - Over the rainbow - Judy Garland
  • Jazz - Un beau roman - Michel Fugain
  • Jazz - That day, That summer - Nat King Cole
  • Jazz - The Christmas Song - Nat King Cole
  • Jazz - Fever - Peggy Lee
  • Jazz - Do you want to know a secret - The Beatles
  • Jazz - Till there was you - The Beatles
  • Jazz - Les Feuilles Mortes - Yves Montand
  • Jazz - Cécile - Claude Nougaro
  • Jazz - Une Petite Fille En Pleurs - Claude Nougaro
  • Jazz - Summertime - George Gershwin
  • Jazz - Mais Non, Mais Non - Henri Salvador
  • Jazz - Syracuse - Henri Salvador
  • Jazz - L.O.V.E. - Nat King Cole
  • Jazz - Let's Face The Music And Dance - Nat King Cole
  • Jazz - Straighten Up And Fly Right - Nat King Cole
  • Jazz - wonderwall - Oasis
  • Jazz - Elaeudanla Teïtéïa - Serge Gainsbourg
  • Jazz - La Javanaise - Serge Gainsbourg
  • Jazz - The eye of the tiger - Survivor
  • Jazz - I want to hold your hand - The Beatles
  • Modern - rock that body - Black Eyed Peas
  • Modern - somebody I used to know - Gotye
  • Modern - tonigh tonight - Hot Chelle Rae
  • Modern - last friday night - Katy Perry
  • Modern - the edge of glory - Lady Gaga
  • Oldies - Break It To Me Gently - Brenda Lee
  • Oldies - Can't Help Falling in Love - Elvis Presley
  • Oldies - On est pas là pour se faire engueuler - Boris Vian
  • Oldies - Everybody Loves Somebody - Dean Martin
  • Oldies - La maladie d’Amour - Michel Sardou
  • Oldies - Le Sud - Nino Ferrer
  • Oldies - L’eau à la bouche - Serge Gainsbourg
  • Oldies - Il Suffirait De Presque Rien - Serge Reggianni
  • Oldies - Fais comme l'oiseau - Vinicius de Moraes
  • Oldies - Le Loup, La Biche & Le Chevalier - Henri Salvador
  • Oldies - La java de Broadway - Michel Sardou
  • Pop - How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
  • Pop - Honesty - Billy Joel
  • Pop - Just the way you are - Billy Joel
  • Pop - She's Always A Woman To Me - Billy Joel
  • Pop - She's Got A Way - Billy Joel
  • Pop - Space Oddity - David Bowie
  • Pop - Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Elton John
  • Pop - The Power Of Love - Frankie Goes to H.
  • Pop - A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum
  • Pop - Kiss Lonely Good - Bye - Stevie Wonder
  • Pop - Lately - Stevie Wonder
  • Pop - For no one - The Beatles
  • Pop - Here, there and everywhere - The Beatles
  • Pop - Let it be - The Beatles
  • Pop - The long and winding road - The Beatles
  • Pop - Just the two of us - Bill Withers
  • Pop - For the longest time - Billy Joel
  • Pop - Call me - Branda Lee
  • Pop - You Can Depend On Me - Brenda Lee
  • Pop - Let's Dance - David Bowie
  • Pop - Your Song - Elton John
  • Pop - Imagine - John Lennon
  • Pop - How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye
  • Pop - What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
  • Pop - Une Fille Aux Yeux Clairs - Michel Sardou
  • Pop - Its a hard life - Queen
  • Pop - Play the game - Queen
  • Pop - Save me - Queen
  • Pop - Somebody to love - Queen
  • Pop - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Righteous Brothers
  • Pop - Message to my girl - Split Enz
  • Pop - For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder
  • Pop - My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
  • Pop - Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles
  • Pop - Girl! - The Beatles
  • Pop - I will - The Beatles
  • Pop - I’ll follow the sun - The Beatles
  • Pop - When i'm sixty - four - The Beatles
  • Pop - Light My Fire - The Doors
  • Pop - Dancing Queen - ABBA
  • Pop - Gimme Gimme Gimme - ABBA
  • Pop - Say Goodbye To Hollywood - Billy Joel
  • Pop - Overkill - Men at Work
  • Pop - Pour un flirt avec toi - Michel Delpech
  • Pop - Isn't She Lovely - Stevie Wonder
  • Pop - I saw her standin' there - The Beatles
  • Reggae - Is this love - Bob Marley
  • Reggae - Natural mystic - Bob Marley
  • Reggae - No, woman, no cry - Bob Marley
  • Reggae - Redemption song - Bob Marley
  • Reggae - Jamming - Bob Marley
  • Rock - Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater
  • Rock - Dont stop me now - Queen
  • Rock'n Roll - Living Doll - Cliff Richard
  • Rock'n Roll - Good Luck Charm - Elvis Presley
  • Rock'n Roll - Stuck on You - Elvis Presley
  • Rock'n Roll - Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
  • Rock'n Roll - His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley
  • Rock'n Roll - Little Sister - Elvis Presley
  • Rock'n Roll - Mystery Train - Elvis Presley
  • Rock'n Roll - Can't Buy Me Love - The Beatles
  • Rock'n Roll - Eight days a week - The Beatles
  • Rock'n Roll - Things we said today - The Beatles
  • Trad. Arabic - Mon amie la rose - Françoise Hardy
  • Trad. Gospel - Amazing Grace - John Newton
  • Trad. Russian - Nathalie - Gilbert Becaud

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