Renowned as ambassadors of Francophonie, Le Vent du Nord are also largely acknowledged as one of the key groups in Quebec’s traditional folk music revival. Since their formation in August 2002 the band has enjoyed great success which has allowed them to take their music to other countries.
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 presented via a most entertaining, energetic and engaging stage show.
Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano, piano accordion) + Olivier Demers (fiddle, electric guitar, clogging, mandolin, vocals) + Réjean Brunet (basses, diatonic accordion, jaw harp, piano, vocals) + Simon Beaudry (vocals, bouzouki, guitar)
Tromper Le Temps “Cheating Time” is as much a statement as an observation. Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet Simon Beaudry are four musicians exploring and playing music of yesterday, today, and possible tomorrow. The album features a sound that has found its identity over the course of a decade of touring; the band has played close to 1,000 concerts in North America and Europe.
The album Tromper le Temps sees Le Vent du Nord pushing their own limits and exploring their vocal harmonies and musical textures. Through the course of the thirteen tracks the band takes us on a trip through several historical periods. The lyrics and poetic scenes that have marvellously survived the passage of time are wonderfully pertinent to our present day realities, socially, politically and personal.
Like all artists Le Vent du Nord are not afraid to take chances and experiment in new musical areas. They thumb their nose at the passage of time and proudly continue to anchor their musical traditions in the present with fluid arrangements, great instrumentals and vocals, and the best in contemporary production.
Le Vent du Nord have been the recipients of numerous awards. The latest arrived in the Spring of 2011, when they received their second Juno Award for their previous studio album La Part du Feu.
UK Tour May 2012
Thurs 31. Orkney Folk Festival 2012, Orkney Islands, Scotland
UK Tour June 2012
Fri 1. Orkney Folk Festival 2012, Orkney Islands, Scotland,
Sat 2. Northern Roots Festival, Bogbain Farm, Inverness, Scotland, IV2 5BD
Mon 4. Southwell Festival, Upton Rd, Southwell, Nottingham NG25 0QB
Wed 6. Waterside Arts Centre, 1 Waterside Plaza, Sale nr Manchester, M33 7ZS
Thurs 7. Saltaire Live, Victoria Hall, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley, West Yorkshire, BD18 3JS
Fri 8. Songlines Encounters Festival, King's Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross, London 9AG
Sat 9. Gower Folk Festival, Heritage Centre, Parkmill, Gower, Swansea, Wales SA3 2EH
Sun 10.Theatre by the Lake, Lakeside, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5DJ
Mon 11. Forest Folk, North Boarhunt, Trampers Lane, PO17 6DD