Les Grands Hurleurs – Chouïa (Coyote Records, 2018)
Les Grands Hurleurs is a remarkable band from Quebec in Canada featuring three of the region’s finest multi-instrumentalists. What sets Les Grands Hurleurs apart from other Quebecois groups is their innovation and openness to other traditional cultures and genres.
On the album Chouïa, Les Grands Hurleurs intertwine Quebecois call and response vocals and rhythms with Malian-style desert electric blues guitar, West African beats, Celtic fiddle and modern chamber music. Additionally, Les Grands Hurleurs have added female vocals, which are rare in many Quebecois bands.
The Les Grands Hurleurs lineup includes Nicolas Pellerin on vocals, violin, foot percussion, cajón and mandolin; Simon Lepage on vocals, electric bass, frtless bass and double bass; and Stéphane Tellier on vocals, acousticand electric guitar and mandolin.
Guests: Jorane on vocals; Elage Diouf on vocals and percussion; female string ensemble Quatuor esca; Martin Lizotte on Hammond B3 and synthesizer; and Rami Renno on vocals.
Chouïa is a beautifully-constructed album showcasing the multi-talented Quebec trio Les Grands Hurleurs.