Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional “power trio” also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humor and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser.
The band includes musician Pascal Gemme, a leading force in Quebec’s traditional music scene. Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band. From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him. After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec. Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music.
Guitarist Yann Falquet—who returns to the North Country–having performed here with Duo Duo–is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Quebecois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelor's degree in jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Quebec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America). Today a much-in-demand performer, Yann often appears with many renown groups, including in the quartet Duo Duo with his wife, cellist Natalie Haas.
Flautist/accordion player Nicholas Williams also returns to the North Country, having performed with the trio Crowfoot, also brought to the region by the GNWCA in recent years. He has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Quebec and New England. His rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of classical North Indian music. Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he has been a member of the band Crowfoot since 2005, plays with fiddler Laura Risk, and in the Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams duo.
Tickets for this celebration of French Canadian folk and Celtic music are $15 and now available at Fiddleheads in Colebrook, online at www.gnwca.org and at the door on the night of the show. For more information on this and other GNWCA concerts, visit www.gnwca.org or call 246-8998.