AlgomaTrad and Bon Soo present...Thursday, January 10, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
AlgomaTrad and Bon Soo present Dentdelion and Les Poules à Colin
Two groups, two generations of trad musicians from Québec, February 8 and 9
SAULT STE. MARIE - AlgomaTrad: The Algoma Traditional Music and Dance Group (www.algomatrad.ca) and the Bon Soo Winter Carnival (www.bonsoo.on.ca) are co-presenting two exciting traditional music groups from Québec, Dentdelion and Les Poules à Colin, two generations of musicians from a region that is renowned for its musical traditions, in two wonderful events: a concert on February 8 and a family-friendly contra/square dance on February 9.
Both events will occur at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
Folk-trad family band Dentdelion (pictured, dentdelion.net) is solidly rooted in Québec tradition and at the same time the group remains open to new ideas that keep this living tradition alive and kicking.
The group has brought its fresh sound to audiences in Québec, Canada, the United States, and Europe and has released several recordings.
In 2009, the group won the Prix Famille Soucy for the best family album from Tradosphère at Radio-Montréal.
Dentdelion enthralls audiences with a repertoire of original tunes and delicious songs and arrangements featuring ancient lyrics superimposed on fresh-picked melodies, all with a healthy sharing of energy, complicity and smiles.
The band includes: Claude Méthé - renowned trad singer, fiddler, and composer and a recent recipient of a Government of Québec Medal of Honour for his contribution to Québecois traditional music; his wife, Dana Whittle - guitar, accordion, vocals and Québecois foot rhythm; their daughter, Béatrix Méthé, 17, - fiddle and vocals; their longtime colleague, Denise Levac - flute and vocals; and Denise’s son, Colin Savoie-Levac, 17, - guitar, tenor banjo, vocals and Québécois foot rhythm.
Les Poules à Colin (lespoulesacolin.com), which includes Béatrix Méthé and Colin Savoie-Levac, is composed of five young musicians raised on traditional music, all between the ages of 17 and 22.
Les Poules à Colin demonstrate a profound musical maturity, mixing interpretations of the existing traditional repertoire with new songs and tunes of their own.
Les Poules à Colin have performed at several traditional music festivals in Quebec and participated in the New World Festival in Vermont.
In 2010 the group recorded and released their first CD, Hébertisme Nocturne, and won a Desjardins Cultural Award in the Emerging Artists category.
Their performances are moving and sparkle with unpretentious, natural talent and respect for their repertoire – beautifully arranged original and folk-trad songs and tunes.
In addition to Béatrix and Colin the group consists of: Sarah Marchand - vocals, piano, guitar, bodhran; Éléonore Pitre – guitar and vocals; and Colin’s sister, Marie Savoie-Levac - piano, electric bass, vocals
Dentdelion and Les Poules à Colin will be appearing in concert on Friday, February 8, 8 p.m., at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre, Sault Ste Marie; and at the AlgomaTrad/Bon Soo Family Contra/Square Dance on Saturday, February 9, 2 p.m. at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
Also appearing at the dance will be awesome AlgomaTrad caller, Dan Gorno, and special guests The O’Schraves, a local family group of traditional musicians, including members of the Schryer family.
Tickets for the Friday concert are $20/person ($12 with a Bon Soo button) $15/youth under 12 ($5 with Bon Soo button).
Reservations can also be made by calling 705 782 4311.
Concert tickets are now available at the Athlete’s Foot in the Station Mall, online, or at the door.
Admission to the dance is $10/person ($7 with a Bon Soo button) and $5/youth under 12 ($2 with Bon Soo button).
Tickets for the dance are available at the Athlete’s Foot or at the door.
AlgomaTrad concerts are supported by funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Northern Arts Program, Ontario Arts Council.