Traditional Irish Music
To coincide with ten successful years of touring and recording Quebec’s Le Vent du Nord released their seventh album ‘Tromper Le Temps' in 2012. It is an extremely good album and we will follow up with a review. Renowned as ambassadors of Francophonie they are acknowledged as one of the key groups in Quebec’s traditional music revival. Since their formation in August 2002 Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet and Simon Beaudry have enjoyed great success which in turn has allowed them to take their music to other countries. Over the course of the last decade the band has played close to 1,000 concerts in North America and Europe.
They perform traditional Québécois music in French which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from Ireland and Brittany. The album Tromper le Temps sees Le Vent du Nord pushing their own limits and exploring their vocal harmonies and musical textures. Through the course of the thirteen tracks the band take you on a trip of several historical periods. The lyrics and poetic scenes that have marvellously survived the passage of time are wonderfully pertinent to our present day realities, socially, politically and personal. The group use a very diverse range of musical instruments augmented by Québécois Foot Percussion presented via a most entertaining, energetic and engaging stage show. Whilst music changes with time and fashion Nicolas, Olivier, Réjean and Simon proudly continue to anchor their musical traditions in the present with fluid arrangements, great instrumentals, vocals, and the best in contemporary production. Prior to receiving The Académie Charles Cros Award for World Music their previous album La Part du Feu earned them their second Juno Award (Canadian Grammy's).
They undertake a UK tour in July and it is a show that should not be missed.
Tues 23 New Vic Theatre, Etruria Road, Newcastle-u-Lyme, ST5 0JG
Tel: 01782 717962 Tickets £16.00 -- From 7.30 p.m.
Wed 24 The Sage, Gateshead, St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661 Tickets £15.00 -- From 7.30 p.m.
Thurs 25. Borough Theatre Town Hall, Cross Street, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales HP7 5HD
Tel: 01873 850805 Tickets £15.00 -- From 7.30 p.m.
Fri 26. WOMAD, Charlton Park, Malmesbury, Wiltshire SN16 9DG
Tel: 0118 960 6060 Tickets & times - see website
Sat 27. Cambridge Folk Festival Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 8DW
Tel: 01223 357851 Tickets & times - see website
Sun 28. Cambridge Folk Festival Cherry Hinton Hall, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 8DW
Tel: 01223 357851 Tickets & times - see website (Afternoon concert)
Sun 28. Warwick Folk Festival Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick, CV34 6PP
Tel: 01926 776438 Tickets & times - see website (Evening concert)
Tues 30. The Playhouse Theatre, 126 -130 High Street, Weston-Super-Mere, BS23 1HP
Tel: 01934 645544 Tickets £16.50 -- From 7.30 p.m.
Thur 1. The Hawth, Hawth Ave., Crawley, W.Sussex, RH10 6YZ
Tel: 01293 553636 Tickets £16.50 -- From 7.30 p.m.
Fri 2. Sidmouth Folk Festival Ham Marquee, The Ham, Sidmouth, Devon EX10 8XR
Tel: 01395 577952 Tickets & times - see website
Sat 3. Wickham Festival Blind Lane, Wickham, Hampshire PO17 5AL
Tel: 023 8071 1818 Tickets & times - see website
Sun 4. Madfest 2013, Building 21, Elscar Heritage Centre, Wath Rd, Elscar, Barnsley S74 8HJ
Tel: 01226740203 Tickets £15.00 (Under 16 £10.00) -- From 7.00 p.m.
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