THE DRIVEN BOW: 2ND ANNUAL FIDDLE FESTIVAL
Over the past decade the trad Quebec group Genticorum (Pascal Gemme, Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand and Yann Falquet) has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The trio's four albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Great Britain, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence (and often mistaken for a larger ensemble), Genticorum has given more than 1,000 concerts in no fewer than 15 countries — and is showing no sign of slowing down: this is a band in high demand.
Genticorum is a supremely talented group and they — and the audience — have a lot of fun at their shows! Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional 'power trio' also incorporates the dynamism of today's North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar and bass accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence make them a supreme crowd pleaser.
The band continues to develop its unique sound, which is at once ancient and modern. Under Pascal Gemme's musical direction, they are a band of undeniable musical refinement and irresistible raw energy. Traditional songs and instrumental pieces are intermingled, resulting in an overall recording that is wide-ranging and rich. The theme of voyages, and more precisely voyageurs travelling the waterways of North America are prevvalent. They have been nominated for and won many ADISQ Awards (The Quebec Juno) and won Traditional Album of the Year and Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.
«For a three piece, Genticorum makes a very full and glorious noise, both instrumentally and vocally… This is a band that's going to go places.»THE DRIVEN BOW: 2ND ANNUAL FIDDLE FESTIVAL THE DRIVEN BOW: 2ND ANNUAL FIDDLE FESTIVAL — Sing Out!
DE TEMPS ANTAN
They are only three, yet they sound like six! With Ce monde ici-bas, De Temps Antan propels folk to a whole new level. Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis – Quebec’s most powerful trad trio — switch between a variety of instrumental combinations from violin, guitar, bouzouki, accordion, and harmonica to vigorous foot-stomping percussion. A festive atmosphere, high in color and heart-warming, a glorious anthem to the glory of ancient time in a modern presentation!
It takes a special blend of musical flair to create memorable songs of yesteryear! Songs with a hint of contemporary—dosed with uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts—that speak to familiar rhythms of the past. Welcome to the original musical stylings of De Temps Antan!
Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, our three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music. In fact, the only thing missing from this magnificent musical blend is you! So come enjoy an evening unlike any other with De Temps Antan
“They have enough power to drive a nuclear furnace. If you could remain seated during their performance you were either dead-drunk or dead.” — Folkwords