Traditional Irish Music
Let’s be honest: traditional folk music doesn’t always share women’s stories in the best light. In fact, finding a traditional song in which the woman isn’t woefully oppressed, forced into marriage, killed, or completely absent can be challenging. Because of this, Québécois chanteuse Mélisande decided to examine the plight of women in traditional Québécois music with passion and creativity, resulting in her innovative new project, Mélisande [électrotrad], that creatively merges past and present.
Bringing in electronic beats, a feminist perspective, and the cutting- edge music of modern Montréal, Mélisande re-interprets some of the oldest songs from Québec’s musical history. Songs where the women of Québec’s past struggle against the heel of traditional culture, finding clever ways to assert their own identity as mothers, lovers, wives, and leaders.
Joined by her husband, renowned Québécois bassist and flute player Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand(of Genticorum), master producer Mark Busic on keyboards and beat programming, and violinist/ mandolinist/banjo player Robin Boulianne, Mélisande has polished the mirror of folk music’s past to reflect both her own heritage and her place in modern society. Source : Hearth PR
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