03 Apr Line-up changes for trad bands Le Vent du Nord & De Temps Antan
La Compagnie du Nord is thrilled to announce line-up changes for two traditional folk music ensembles: Le Vent du Nord and De Temps Antan.
A Changing of the Guard for De Temps Antan: Traditional folk music ensemble De Temps Antan is welcoming fiddler David Boulanger into its fold. This talented musician joins Éric Beaudry (vocals, bouzouki, guitar) and Pierre-Luc Dupuis (accordion, harmonica, jaw’s harp, vocals) to complete the powerful trio from Lanaudière. Fiddler André Brunet, who has been a member of the band for the past 13 years, will be leaving in the Fall of 2017. David Boulanger has been active in Quebec’s traditional folk music scene for almost 15 years. He played in La Part du Quêteux from 2002 to 2007 before joining La Bottine Souriante. David also composed and arranged the music for Cirque Alfonse’s show Timber! in 2011. Two years later, he produced the album NORD with Danish musician Maja Kjær Jacobsen. De Temps Antan is currently recording its 4th album, with its current lineup, at Studio de la Côte Jaune. It will be released on November 15, 2017.
Le Vent du Nord Becomes a Quintet : Fifteen years after its inception, Le Vent du Nord will increase in size from a quartet to a quintet. Fiddler André Brunet will join this world renowned ensemble from January 2018. Brunet will be accompanying Simon Beaudry (vocals, bouzouki, guitar), Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy-gurdy, piano), Olivier Demers (fiddle, foot-tapping, vocals, guitar, mandolin), and his own brother Réjean Brunet (bass, accordion, jaw’s harp, piano, vocals). André Brunet started playing the violin at a very young age. He made his live debut with his brother Réjean as the duo Les Frères Brunet. Later, he enjoyed a ten-year tenure in La Bottine Souriante, before joining the bands De Temps Antan and Celtic Fiddle Festival. Beside his work in ensembles, he has taken part in the Opening Ceremonies of the XXI Winter Olympic Games in 2010, various film music projects, in addition to teaching traditional Quebecois fiddle in several music camps in Canada and the US and be cofounder of Camp de Violon Traditionnel Québécois de Lanaudière. Finally, he just released his first solo album entitled La Grosse Maison rouge. Adding a fifth high-caliber musician will open new vistas for Le Vent du Nord to present large-scale events and concerts all around the world.