Le Vent du Nord
The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted...
The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences. Today the banc is composed of singers and multi-instrumentalists Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet and André Brunet.
Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.” — Boston Herald
Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over 5 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, singer Julie Fowlis, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.
Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord has also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montréal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”
On stage these friends create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.
The mighty Le Vent du Nord, augmented by fiddler Andre Brunet who joins the band from fellow Quebecois heavyweights, La Bottine Souriante, bring forth a timely exploration of unification and collective cohesion in their tenth album, Territoires. (…) Listeners are particularly spoilt by ‘Cotillon du Capitaine’, a set of tunes that meditates on an uplifting melody before exploding into sparkling piano embellishments which take us to an entirely unprecedented territory.
Territoires is the sort of album that sweeps you along on a wave of pleasure and it may be Le Vent du Nord’s best.
Breezing through album ten with a new friend (…) Au Régiment is given a masterful contemporary treatment by the band, with drone-like backing vocals and splashy, jazzy piano accompagniment developing into an unstoppable anthem.
Undoubtedly their best work to date. They are at the pinnacle of the genre.
Easily the most kinetic is the hip-shaking, beer-swilling frolic that is “La Step a Alexis,” a nod to one of the bandmember’s antic toddler.Nowhere is that more felt than on the gorgeous “Louisbourg,” a sterling vocal a capella effort featuring all five vocalists at their absolute best. From start to finish Territoires is authentic roots music delivered with purpose, poise and passion. If there’s a better non-English vocal album released so far this year, we have yet to hear it.
A much-loved Quebecois phenomenon returns with a new member and a new sound.
An early favourite for many best-of lists, this release captures the raucous fun of a live show and highlights the musicality of the various players.
It has very high production values, fabulous close harmony singing and above all, wheelbarrow-loads of passion… The whole band are stellar musicians and this CD is full of tracks that would be showstoppers anywhere else.