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Rooted in the heart of living tradition, DANSE SOCIALE deliver a long-awaited rejuvenated take and a modern setting well suited to today’s Quebec “Trad.”

David Boulanger, a 20-year veteran of the international music scene, comes from two disciplinary worlds, having studied ethnomusicology during his bachelor’s degree in music, and having performed numerous concerts internationally as a member of flagship bands La Bottine Souriante, De Temps Antan and SOLO. David, who has won several awards (ADISQ, Canadian Folk Music Awards), continues to play various parts in the community as a performer, arranger, sound engineer, and producer.

Colin Savoie-Levac is a virtuoso multi-instrumentalist from Lanaudière. He grew up on the road, performing on the greatest folk stages here and abroad with acclaimed groups The Duhks, Rosier and La Bottine Souriante. Colin was born into a family of traditional folk musicians. He is passionate about sound exploration and always on the lookout for a unique repertoire on acoustic and electric guitar or banjo.

Photo credit: Marie Savoie-Levac

Quinn Bachand, a native of the Canadian West Coast, has a broad knowledge of traditional folk music and a sharp peripheral vision of the accompaniments that come with it. His seasoned experience was enhanced by a full scholarship at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, as well as collaborations with Ashley MacIsaac, Natalie MacMaster and Chris Thile.

This new trio has the ambitious objective of unearthing a regional repertoire and making it accessible to the general public, and they do it using violin, banjo, guitar, and foot-tapping. Together, they give life to 10 traditional Quebec songs and tunes, as well as original Lanaudière compositions in the Quebec Trad style.

This debut album, recorded at the legendary Studio B12, came to life thanks to the talent of celebrated recording and mixing engineer Charles-Émile Beaudin (Céline Dion, Cirque du Soleil, Patrick Watson). Charles-Émile’s finesse and acuity were instrumental to the sound textures and the intensity of DANSE SOCIALE’s music.

Scheduled for release in fall 2021, the album conveys the raw “true-to-lifeness” of a Marius Barbeau archive in the form of refined performances, elegant arrangements, and creative and innovative acoustic recordings.

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