Le Vent Du Nord (Wind from the North) perform traditional Québécois music in French which is heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany.
The group use a very diverse range of musical instruments augmented by Québécois foot percussion and wonderful vocals presented via a most entertaining, energetic and engaging stage show. Their repertoire features catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire while others are original compositions.
Renowned as ambassadors of Francophonie, Le Vent du Nord are acknowledged as one of the key groups in Quebec’s traditional folk music revival. Since their formation in August 2002 the band have enjoyed major success which has allowed them to take their music to numerous countries around the world.
Like all artists Le Vent du Nord are not afraid to take chances and experiment in new musical areas. They ignore the passage of time and proudly continue to anchor their musical traditions in the present through inventive arrangements, great instrumentals and vocals, and the best in contemporary production.
Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord have also created a symphonic concert, presented by the respected Portland Symphony Orchestra and Quebec Symphony Orchestra, that “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame” (Voir Montreal). This concert has also been presented recently with The Victoria Symphony Orchestra.
In addition to their 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. They’ve collaborated and performed with Harry Manx, Väsen, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, hip Scottish folk band Breabach, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople. LVDN are recipients of several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and ‘Artist of the Year’ at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
Artists’ website: www.leventdunord.com
August Tour Dates
Friday 10. Fairport’s Cropredy Convention Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 1PQ
Saturday 11. Ropetackle Arts Centre Little High Street, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, BN43 5EG
Tel: 01273 464440 Tickets £17.00 — Doors 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 12. Settle Victoria Hall Kirkgate, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 9DZ
Tel: 01729 825718 Tickets £16.50 — Door 7:30 p.m.
Le Vent Du Nord & Julie Fowlis
Monday 13. Edinburgh International Festival
A Celtic Connections double bill with Julie Fowlis as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.
Leith Theatre 28–30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh, Scotland EH6 4AE
Tel: 0131 629 0810 Tickets £25.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday 14. Eden Court Theatre Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness, IV3 5SA
Tel: 01463 234 234 Tickets £17.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.