Lúnasa plus Le Vent du Nord
rollicking Irish, Quebecois double bill
$24.50 advance / $26.50 at door
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November 14 8:00 pm
The Irish Voice called Lúnasa “the hottest Irish acoustic band on the planet.” LiveIreland.com named them “Performers of the Decade.” They’ve played to sold-out audiences across North America, Europe, and Japan, and appeared as featured artists on Natalie Merchant’s hit album, Leave Your Sleep. Their fiery style features buoyant rhythms, impeccable musicianship, and inventive arrangements rich in melody and texture.
Named after Lughnasadh, an ancient Irish harvest festival, the band is rooted in the best of Irish traditional music, with a jazz-inspired regard for improvisation. The musicians in the band have been the backbone of many of the great Irish groups of recent years. Trevor Hutchinson, formerly of The Waterboys, plays bass. Kevin Crawford, formerly of Moving Cloud, plays flute. Sean Smyth, formerly of Donal Lunny’s Coolfin, plays fiddle. Cillian Vallely plays pipes, and Ed Boyd plays guitar. The band has recorded eight albums, including their most recent, Lá Nua, which the newspaper Irish Echo ranked as the #2 Traditional Album of 2010.
Le Vent du Nord hits the stage with the unstoppable force of its namesake, the north wind. The four members of the band – Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Simon Beaudry, and Réjean Brunet – all sing, all play multiple instruments, and all perform with irresistible energy and infectious verve. Veterans of famed groups like La Bottine Souriante and Ad Vielle Que Pourra, these youthful ambassadors of the current roots revival in Quebec play their own dynamic arrangements of traditional Quebecois songs and dances, as well as plenty of fresh original music. Their fine harmony singing and richly textured mix of fiddle, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy make for a truly uplifting evening – in the sense that you'll be lifted up off your chair and into the aisles to dance!
Since its inception in 2002, Le Vent du Nord has made quite a splash on the Canadian folk music scene. The group has won numerous awards, from a 2004 Juno for Traditional Album of the Year for Maudite Moisson! to the award for Best Traditional Artist at the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance’s 2006 conference. Their latest album, Tromper le Temps, prompted this remark from Pierre Therrien of Radio Canada: “Just between us, may we say that Le Vent du Nord is THE best traditional Francophone band in this country?”
Tonight’s show promises a rare treat for lovers of high-energy roots music from Ireland and Quebec.
Listen to a track from Lúnasa:
Listen to a track from Le Vent du Nord:
Le Vent du Nord photo by Stéphane Najman
Listen to sample tracks from upcoming artists.