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Le Vent Du Nord

Based in Quebec, Le Vent du Nord (The Wind of the North) are a four-member group specializing in the traditional French-Canadian folk that locals refer to as Quebecois music (or la musique québécoise in French). The accordion, the violin, the mandolin, and the hurdy-gurdy (an instrument that goes back to medieval times and is known as the vielle à roue in French) are prominent ingredients of their sound, which draws on influences ranging from French medieval music to British folk to the Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland, and Brittany. The Celtic influence in Le Vent du Nord's work is quite strong -- they have no problem playing jigs and reels -- but unlike traditional Celtic artists from Ireland and Scotland, they sing in French. All four members of the group contribute to the vocals, and all four of them play instruments in addition to singing.

Le Vent du Nord were formed in 2002, when Nicolas Boulerice (hurdy-gurdy, acoustic piano) met Olivier Demers (a violin, fiddle and mandolin player who has played with the famous Cirque du Soleil) were both attending a music school in Quebec. A fire alarm that went off at the school forced Boulerice and Demers out of their practice rooms, and Demers ran outside with his fiddle in his hand; Boulerice saw Demers holding the fiddle and asked him if he knew any old Quebecois songs. Boulerice quickly realized that Demers was a major expert on classic Quebecois music, and it didn't take the two of them long to start performing together. Le Vent du Nord officially became a group when Boulerice and Demers joined forces with Réjean Brunet (acoustic bass, accordion, piano) and Simon Beaudry (guitar). Before joining Le Vent du Nord, Brunet had recorded with his brother André Brunet (known for his work with the influential Quebecois group La Bottine Souriante) as half of the duo Les Frères Brunet (The Brunet Brothers). Le Vent du Nord's debut album, Maudite Moisson, was released by the Toronto-based Borealis Recordings in 2003, and their second album, Les Amants du Saint-Laurent, was recorded for Borealis the following year. Borealis released Le Vent du Nord's third album, Dans les Airs, in 2007. ~ Alex Henderson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Tetu

1. Noce Tragique

2. Loup-Garou

3. Le Rosier

4. Cardeuse-Riopel

5. Confederation

6. Chaise Ardente

7. D'ouest En Est

8. Forillon

9. Petit Reve IX

10. Pauvre Enfant

11. Entre Ciel Et Terre

12. L'echafaud

13. La Marche Des Iroquois

14. Papineau

15. Amant Volage

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Track List: Tromper Le Temps

1. Lettre A Durham

2. Le Dragon De Chimay

3. Toujours Amants

4. Le Winnebago

5. Le Souhait

6. Manteau D'hiver

7. Adieu Marie

8. Le Coeur De Ma Mere

9. Vigneron

10. Le Diable Et Le Fermier

11. Dans Les Cachots

12. La Soiree Du Hockey

13. Souffle DEange

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Track List: La Part Du Feu

1. Lanlaire

2. Octobre 1837

3. Mine

4. Petit Rve V

5. Manzelle Kennedy

6. Mtiers

7. Lise

8. Coeur En Trois

9. Rossignolet

10. Montcalm

11. Attente

12. Cavalier Et La Belle / Reel Kerri

13. Crus-Moi

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Track List: Mesdames Et Messieurs! En Concert A Memoire Et Racines

1. L'heure Bleue (Live)

2. Rosette (Live)

3. La Veillee Chez Poirier (Live)

4. La Fille Et Les Dragons (Live)

5. Petit Reve III (Live)

6. Le Bon Buveur (Live)

7. Les Amants Du Saint-Laurent (Live)

8. La Traversee (Live)

9. Les Larmes Aux Yeux (Live)

10. Cre Mardi (Live)

11. La Piastre Des Etats (Live)

12. Vive L'amour (Live)

13. Au Bord De La Fontaine (Live)

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Track List: Dans Les Airs

1. Rosette

2. La Piastre Des Etats

3. La Veillee Chez Poirier

4. La Traversee

5. Tour A Bois

6. Le Vieux Cheval

7. Petit Reve Iii

8. Les Larmes Aux Yeux

9. La Beaute Du Mariage

10. Du Labrador A Montmagny

11. Le Berger

12. L'heure Bleue

13. La Fille Et Les Dragons

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Track List: Maudite Moisson !

1. Au Bord De La Fontaine

2. Les Trois Freres Roy

3. Reel A Deux Tetes

4. Le Gros Richard

5. Chers Amis Buvons

6. Quatre Poilus

7. Le Moine Complaisant

8. Par Un Dimanche Au Soir

9. Valse Pour Une Fee

10. Gigue Des Militaires

11. Suite De Virginie

12. C'est Dans Paris

13. Reel A Ti-Zoune

14. Petit Reve II

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Track List: Les Amants Du Saint-Laurent

1. Les Amants Du Saint-Laurent

2. La Semaine Du Paysan

3. Marguerite

4. Train De Vie

5. Du Haut Du Balcon

6. Nous Sommes Si Bien A Table

9. Gigue A Trois

10. La Valse A Huit Ans

13. De La Chambre A La Cuisine

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Saw them live in Pittsfield Massachusett s about a month ago. They are fantastic live. Lots of fun and they sound great. Anyone remember Barde? Group from years ago with similar leanings, also from Canada?
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I'm a québécois and find this so touching as it reminds me of the family sing alongs in Canada!��
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Breathtaking
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This is French
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jimdabassman
Is it Spanish? I only heard one piano song so yeah
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Don't know what they are singing about , but I like all the same
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Just wonderful!
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creolelorrai n e d u l e c h e
srrete pas le musique !!!!....
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Wow, these guys are great! Their voices blend and complement each other so well, and their style of music is fantastic.
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With long ties to Brittany...t h i s is great music...un grand merci!

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