French Coast Café Performing at the Fairfax Funky Flea

Let Carole Bausell and French Coast Café, with guest artist accordionist Justin Paschalides, transport you to a bit of Paris for an afternoon with their performance on Saturday, July 30 at noon at the Fairfax Funky Flea, Fairfax City’s own version of the Paris Flea Market. We will be set up at the Fairfax City Hall parking lot, 10455 Armstrong Street, Fairfax, VA (behind the City Hall building). With Carole Bausell on vocals and Larry Golfer on bass, come hear traditional and contemporary French tunes by Edith Piaf, Django Reinhardt, Georges Brassins, Charles Trenet and others. A bientôt!

Listen to Our Latest Recordings

Several weeks ago, we were at Cue Studios in Falls Church to record several of our songs. Here are the results. Included are the tunes Maintenant, Menilmontant, La samba de mon coeur qui bat, and Consider Me Gone. Click on the links BELOW to hear them. (Note: the songs on the right side of this page are some of our own home-made recordings, so be sure to click the one’s below for the professional recordings.)

Huge thanks to guest artist Rod Goad who performed on drums and percussion and Ken Schubert, Chief Engineer at Cue Studios, who took care of all the technical details to produce these recordings.

French Coast Café is Carole Bausell on vocals, David Savage on cornet and harmonica, Duane Siler on guitar, and Larry Golfer on bass.

We hope you enjoy these songs.



La samba de mon coeur qui bat

Consider Me Gone

Recording Session

French Coast Cafe had its first recording session at Cue Studios in Falls Church, VA. Ron Goad was our guest artist on percussion. Here are some photos of that session. Photography by J. Larry Golfer.

Ken Shubert of Cue Studios, left, with David Savage warming up on harmonic.
Carole in the recording booth.
Carole getting into character, lead vocalist for French Coast Cafe.
Carole in the recording booth.
Our guitarist, Duane Siler, warming up.
Ron Goad, our guest percussionist/drummer, with Carole.
Ron Goad getting ready for the recording.
Carole, David and me.
Carole in the recording booth.
Carole in the recording booth.
Carole and David.

Opening Act: French Coast Café Opens House Concert Featuring Robert Lighthouse

Robert Lighthouse Concert Poster

Internationally-recognized Swedish bluesman Robert Lighthouse brought down the “house” at a recent concert in Falls Church, Virginia. Hosts Carole Bausell and Larry Golfer, vocalist/guitarist and bassist, along with guitarist/songwriter Duane Siler,  opened the evening with their band, French Coast Café at their “Offshore Lounge” with their unique sounds of gypsy jazz, bossa nova, samba and Duane’s Americana originals  (translated into French by Carole).

Highlights of the evening in photos follow below.




Larry, Carole, Rob

We were pleased to have guest Rob Petrie of Cold Hard Cash and the Petrified Pickers, join in with his rendition of “Folsom Prison Blues.”




Our Latest House Concert, October 21, 2018

FCC House Concert 1

We were pleased to welcome Robert Lighthouse again as the featured act of a house concert here at the “Offshore Lounge” on October 21. Opening acts included Cajun Malheur with Chris Smith and Will May, Americana songwriter/guitarist Alan Partlow, our band French Coast Cafe, and the Stewart Sisters.

FCC House Concert 2

Robert followed with a great set of his blues tunes and some of his original pieces including “If I Were the President,” “She’s the One I Love,” and “Planting Season.”

Click on the House Concert link on the upper right of this post to hear us playing three of our favorite tunes: “You Hung the Moon,” a piece written by our guitarist Duane Siler; the Django Reinhardt tune “Nuages,” and our version of Sting’s “Consider Me Gone.”

Our next house concert will be featuring the Stewart Sisters, some time in early 2019.

Robert will be at the Marx Cafe in Mount Pleasant on election night, Tuesday, November 6. 3203 Mt Pleasant St NW, Washington, DC 20010. We’ll be there! Check with the Marx at (202) 518-7600  for show time.

FCC House Concert 3

Photo below by Robert’s friend Tom Ryan.

Robert, by Tom

Art and Music Meet at Goodwin House, Alexandria


French Coast Cafe provided the soft background sounds of classic and jazzy French tunes, originals by guitarist Duane Siler, and more contemporary French music at the opening reception of the Lake Barcroft Art League Show, “Nature’s Artistry,” which began a month long exhibit at the new Gallery Walk space at Goodwin House, Alexandria.

French Coast Cafe vocalist Carole Bausell entertained the crowd with her unique vocal stylings on tunes in both French and English such as La Mer (“The Sea”), made famous in the states by Bobby Darin, Nuages (Clouds) by Django Reinhart, and Autumn Leaves, originally done in French as “Les Feuilles Mortes,” as well as several beloved numbers by the great Edith Piaf.

Many of the exhibiting artists were on hand at the reception to talk to visitors about their art, including French Coast Cafe bassist Larry Golfer.

LB Art League Artists1

French Coast Cafe’s next gig will be at Beans in the Belfry, a unique coffee house in an historic restored church in Brunswick, Maryland. Come out at see us on November 3 at 7pm.


French Coast Café Featured Act at the Epicure Café July 26


Come join us for an evening of entertainment, food and drinks as French Coast Café appears as the featured act in Ron Goad’s Musical Showcase, this Wednesday evening at 7:30pm at the Epicure Café in Fairfax, Virginia. We’ll be joined by five other outstanding acts. Here is the line-up:

1 Terry Turner
4 *French Coast Café*

The Epicure was listed in “The Best Place to Hear Singer-Songwriters” in the Washingtonian Magazine, June 2016

This showcase has been offered since August 2011 by Ron Goad and The Songwriters’ Association of Washington (SAW), a nonprofit organization that hosts the annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest and publicizes opportunities for the music community monthly at

French Coast Café is a trio of musicians from the Washington, DC area who play what we call French World Music. With Carole Bausell on vocals and percussion, Duane Siler on guitar, and Larry Golfer on electric bass, the group’s niche is both classic and contemporary. We play mostly French music from France as well as French-speaking Canada and other Francophone countries, along with original tunes by our guitarist, Duane.  The music includes French classics, samba, jazz. gypsy jazz, blues, Cajun/Zydeco and world music.


French Coast Café © J. Larry Golfer

Great Fun at Cajun “Fais Do Do” Dance Party and Upcoming Events

French Coast Café, with guest guitarist Jack O’Meara, recently participated as one of 11 bands performing at a Louisiana-style “Fais Do DoCajun dance party. With a repertoire of tunes from Québec, France and Louisiana, French Coast Café continues to expand its exploration of French world music.

The party featured bands playing everything from traditional county such as local recording artist Karen Collins and Friends, to French Cajun trios  and a honky-tonk band, Mostly Honky Tonk, featuring lead singer Rob Petrie of Cold Hard Cash and the Petrified Pickers,  to the sounds of traditional and inventive Cajun and Zydeco-style dance music by Nutalusa and the Louisiana-style party band, the Wild Anacostias, playing  Mardi Gras, Street Parade Brass, Cajun, Zydeco, Funk, R&B & more.

French Coast Café has two upcoming events. One is a private summer kick-off party for a local realtor and one of my real estate photography clients, Jennifer Powell, of the Powell Team at Keller Williams Realty, at a local winery.

Then we have our performance at the Epicure Cafe at Ron Goad’s SAW.ORG Music Variety Showcase, on Wednesday, July 26, 7:30pm – 11:30pm. Everyone is invited to hear us as the featured act that evening at the Epicure along with several other local performing artists.

We’re looking forward to more performances this summer and will post them as they get confirmed.

Update: Clips and Video Added! JV’s and Epicure Café Host Musical Trio French Coast Café


French Coast Café recently performed at JV’s Restaurant  in Falls Church and was one of the acts in Ron Goad’s Songwriter’s Showcase at the Epicure Café in Fairfax, VA. Click HERE to view a video from our performance at JV’s. Upcoming gigs include a private party this month and a special gig as the featured act at the Epicure. Mark you calendars and come out to the Epicure on Wednesday, July 26, 7:30-11:30pm.

We’ll be posting about other appearances as we ramp up for performing in 2017.

If you have an event where you’d like to enchant your guests with the French vocal stylings of Carole Bausell with her band members Duane Siler on guitar and Larry Golfer on electric bass, playing everything from Edith Piaf to gypsy jazz, listen to a preview of clips HERE, and then contact us at

French Coast Café to Open at Epicure Cafe

Carole singing

Come hear our band perform at the Epicure Cafe in Fairfax on Wednesday, June 22nd.

We are the opening act in a lineup of bands and play a 4-song set starting at 7:30 p.m. It’s all billed as Ron Goad’s Songwriters Association of Washington Music Variety Showcase.

Try to get there a little early as we start promptly, and feel free to bring friends. All of the acts are good.


Here is the address, phone number and a link to the Epicure Cafe: 
11104 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030 

Here is a link to our website:


Hope that you can join us!