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Artist Profiles: La Bottine Souriante

La Bottine Souriante

La Bottine Souriante first appeared on the Quebec music scene in 1976. This remarkable group has released in just twenty three years ten albums; three are certified Gold (meaning that over 5 copies have been sold) and one is Platinum (over 1 sold). Altogether they have sold over half a million albums! On top of all this the group has won dozens of awards and headlined festivals around the world. La Bottine Souriante is no longer simply a Quebecois/Canadian musical phenomenon. The group and their explosive sound have crossed borders the world over and left in their wake countless enchanted audiences. The group has developed a distinctive sound all its own that successfully allies its homage to tradition with a dash of jazz, salsa, and pure folk while at the same time perfectly representing the symbol of vitality and pride of its mother culture. In addition the music identifies strongly with the current World Music movement.

La Bottine has developed an exceptionally tight cohesive sound with a music that celebrates. These two elements music and celebration characterized by pulsating rhythm breathtaking sound and exuberant spirit have been inseparable since time immemorial. And it is directly into this turbulent energy that La Bottine Souriante sweeps its rapturous public.

Comprised of nine solid musicians traditionally-rooted group members include : Michel Bordeleau (foot-tapping drum mandolin fiddle guitar vocals); lead singer Yves Lambert (button accordion harmonica); and Andre Brunet (fiddle guitar) with jazzmen Regent Archambault (acoustic and electric bass) and Pierre Belisle (piano piano accordion) taking up the swing. Since 1990, a four-piece brass section has added an even more exciting dimension to La Bottine’s incomparable sound featuring Jean Fr?chette (saxophone and arrangements) Robert “Bob” Ellis (bass trombone) Andre Verreault (trombone) and Jocelyn Lapointe ( trumpet).

La Bottine Souriante took part to numerous Folk Festivals around the world among them Tonder Festival and the prestigious WOMAD. The group appears on many compilations notably with Irish Paddy Molony and The Chieftains (Fire in the Kitchen). After a worldwide deal with EMI La Bottine Souriante is developing an international career.

Aiming and encouraging the inspiration of traditional music La Bottine Souriante in 1993 created their own company. Les Productions Mille-Pattes is a leader in the transmision of traditional music in Quebec and a example to be followed for a younger generation of musicians. The label Mille-Pattes proudly represents groups such as La Bottine Souriante Michel Faubert Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer Yves Lambert Les Batinses Daniel Roy Entourloupe le trio Marchand-Ornstein-Miron as well as Danielle Martineau & Rockabayou.

Discography

Y’a ben du changement (1978)
Les Apousailles (198)
Chic ‘n Swell (1982)
La Traversee de l’Atlantique (1986)
Tout comme au jour de l’An (1987)
Je voudrais changer d’chapeau (1988)
Jusqu’aux p’tites heures (1992)
La Mistrine (1994)
En spectacle (1996)
Xieme (1998) released in the United States as Rock ‘n Reel
Cordial (2001)
Anthologie (2001)
J’ai jamais tant ri (2003)
Appelation D’Origine Controlee (Borealis Records, 2012)

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Artist Profiles: Éric Beaudry

Éric Beaudry – Photo by Guy Hamelin

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.

He is a member of De Temps Antan.

Discography:

À L’année (De Temps Antan, 2007)
Habits De Papier (De Temps Antan, 2010)
Ce Monde Ici Bas (2013)

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Artist Profiles: De Temps Antan

De Temps Antan

Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing traditional music from Quebec.

Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and several other instruments, the three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joy of life found in traditional Quebec music.

Discography:

À L’année (De Temps Antan, 2007)
Habits De Papier (De Temps Antan, 2010)
Ce Monde Ici Bas (2013)

web site: www.detempsantan.qc.ca

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Artist Profiles: André Brunet

André Brunet

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.

He is a member of De Temps Antan.

Discography:

Ce Monde Ici Bas
Habits De Papier

web site:www.andrebrunet.qc.ca

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Canadian Band Le Vent Du Nord Announce Ireland and UK Tour Dates

Le Vent du Nord
Le Vent du Nord

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.

Le Vent du Nord - Tetu
Le Vent du Nord – Tetu

 

 

May 2016

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.

Wednesday, May 11
The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2, Ireland
Tel: +353 1 678 7188 Tickets €21.50
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 12
The Dock, St Georges Terrace, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim, Ireland
Tel: +353 71 965 0828 Tickets €15.00
Doors 8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13
Glór Causeway Link, Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland
Tel: +353 65 684 3103 Tickets €20.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 14
The Courthouse Arts Centre, Tinahely, Co Wicklow, Ireland
Tel: +353 402 38529 Tickets €16.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 15
The Model, The Mall, Sligo, Ireland
Tel: +353 71 914 14 05 Tickets €18.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

 

 

July 2016

Sunday, July 24
Warwick Folk Festival, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick CV34 6PP
Tel: 01926 776438 See festival website for full details

Monday, July 25
East Riding Theatre, 10 Lord Roberts Rd, Beverley, E. Yorks HU17 9BE
Tel: 01482 874050 Tickets £14.00 – £16.00
Doors7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26
Waterside Arts Centre, Waterside Plaza, Sale, Manchester M33 7ZF
Tel: 0161 9125616 Tickets £15.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27
Cottiers Theatre, 93-95 Hyndland Street, Glasgow, Scotland G11 5PU
Tel: 0141 357 4000 Tickets £18.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 28
Ludlow Assembly Rooms, 1 Mill Street, Ludlow, Shropshire SY8 1AZ
Tel: 01584 878141 Tickets £16.00
Doors 7:30 p.m.

Friday, July 29
Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge CB1 8DW
Tel: 01223 357851

Saturday, July 30
Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge CB1 8DW
Tel: 01223 357851

August 2016

Tuesday, August 2
Sidmouth Folk Week, The Ham Marquee, The Ham, Exmouth EX10 8XR
Tel: 01395 577952

Friday, August 5
Wickham Festival, Blind Lane, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5HD
Tel: 01329 231942

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