FolkWorld #78 07/2022
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Le Vent Du Nord Twentieth Anniversary Tour

Le Vent du Nord

Artist Video Le Vent du Nord @ FROG

Le Vent du Nord's 20 Printemps tour has the same name as their new album. The tour began in May and continues through until April 2023 with concerts in the UK in July.

Le Vent Du Nord

Artist Audio Le Vent Du Nord "20 Printemps", IDLA, 2022

The award-winning and highly acclaimed Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Québec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music with a broad range of global influences.

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, Québécois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, singer Julie Fowlis. Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord has also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montreal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”

As an amazing live performance quintet, Le Vent du Nord continues to explore new sounds with stunning vocal arrangements. On stage these 5 friends creating intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking directions.

THE BAND: Simon Beaudry – vocals, bouzouki, guitar; Nicolas Boulerice – vocals, electro acoustic hurdy-gurdy, piano; Réjean Brunet – basses, diatonic accordion, jaw harp, piano, vocals; Olivier Demers – fiddle, guitar, foot-tapping, mandolin, vocals; André Brunet – fiddle, foot-tapping, vocals

Photo Credits: (1)-(2) Le Vent du Nord (unknown/website).

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