Music formed out of the French diaspora continues at the Charles H. Morris Center with this dynamic co-bill of Québec’s finest traditionalists. Le Vent du Nord is celebrating their 15th year, having performed more than 1,600 concerts across five continents. A driving force in progressive folk music, the quartet captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air. In addition to traditional repertoire, 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 including collaborations with Harry Manx, Väsen, The Chieftains, and Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, among others.
Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis of De Temps Antan have been exploring and performing time-honored melodies from Québec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and foot percussion, the powerful trio’s boundless energy is blended with the unmistakable joie de vivre found in traditional Québec music. Each member was a leader in the multi-platinum selling Québec folk band La Bottine Souriante. With this project, the members of De Temps Antan have zeroed in on the essentials of Québecois music.