Folkworks: Le Vent du Nord
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 (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.
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.
As an amazing live performance quintet Le Vent du Nord is still pushing the envelope and exploring new sounds with stunning vocal arrangements, instrumental textures and the often-astounding togetherness they’ve built their legend on. On stage these five friends creating intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern interpretation of tradition, a music of the here and now.
Le Vent du Nord are:
Simon Beaudry – vocals, bouzouki, guitar
Nicolas Boulerice – vocals, electroacoustic 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