Éric Beaudry was first exposed to traditional Quebec music in Saint-Côme, a village in Quebec’s Lanaudière region. Raised by a family entrenched in music, he began singing and playing guitar at the age of 10.
In 1992, he founded La Galvaude, followed-up later by Ni Sarpe Ni Branche and Norouet. Éric’s passion for music also helped foster an interest in song, which led to several awards including a 2002 Prix Mnémo for his role in producing the album Musique gaspésienne, featuring violinist Édouard Richard.
In 2003, Éric became a member of acclaimed band La Bottine Souriante. Éric’s love of music also spurred a passion for enlightening others and, following the completion of a Bachelor of Arts in pop guitar and jazz, Éric began teaching traditional music at Joliette’s CEGEP régional de Lanaudière in 2002.
André Brunet was born in Lacolle, in Quebec’s Montérégie region. Growing up, it was his parents who first noticed his keen interest in music and encouraged him to follow his passion. André’s first love was for the violin and, at the age of nine, he began taking lessons. Along with brother Réjean, he created Les Frères Brunet and went on to record several albums and perform at various concerts around the world.
In 1997, André’s unwavering energy and refined style earned him a spot with La Bottine Souriante, with whom he toured more than 15 countries over the course of 10 years.
Although his journey with La Bottine Souriante came to an end in 2006, André remained immersed in traditional music. At the Grand Masters Fiddling Competition in August 2008—an event showcasing more than twenty violinists from across Canada— André took home top honors as “Grand Master of Canada”.
It was the first time a Quebecer had won the prestigious award since the competition’s inception in 1990. Whether he’s accompanying his wife Martine Billette for a piano duet, or playing alongside fiddle stylists Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany) and Ged Foley of Celtic Fiddle Festival, André feels right at home on any stage.
Today, his passion for traditional Quebec music continues to pave the way for dance and swing enthusiasts the world over—a true journey of musical discovery.
Acclaimed progressive folk band Le Vent du Nord, from Quebec, will be touring Ireland and the UK in the next months. Le Vent du Nord is currently promoting its new album titled Têtu (stubborn or obstinate).
On Têtu, Le Vent du Nord perform music rooted in Quebecois tradition combined with new musical ideas. The pieces fluctuate from stripped-down a cappella singing to complex arrangements, including the introduction of a string quartet.
Sunday, May 8 Baltimore Fiddle Fair 2016, Fiddle Fair Marquee, Baltimore, West Cork, Ireland
Tickets – See festival website for details
On Stage 9.00 p.m.
Monday, May 9
The Linenhall Arts centre, Linenhall St, Castlebar,Co Mayo, Ireland.
Tel: +353 94 902 3733 Tickets €16.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 10
Regional Cultural Centre, 46 Port Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, Ireland
Tel: +353 74 912 9186 Tickets €12.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.