Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord

Photo credit: Tzara Maud, 2019

New Album

FALL 2019


  • SEPT : Pacific Northwest & Midwest US TOUR
  • NOV 7-9 : Le Vent du Nord with Symphony, Gatineau, Quebec
  • OCT 22-31 : Western CANADA TOUR

 

The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement and an iconic name in Quebec’s traditional music revival. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.


Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over 5 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a CFMA & “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala and were back as official showcase at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Montreal last february.

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 a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, singer Julie Fowlis, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.  Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord has also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montreal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”

LE VENT DU NORD on the road for 2019-2020

Seventeen years after its inception, the band increased in size from a quartet to a quintet!  Fiddler André Brunet (Celtic Fiddle Festival, La Bottine Souriante) had joined this world renowned ensemble since January 2018. Brunet is now accompanying Simon Beaudry (vocals, bouzouki, guitar), Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, electroacoustic hurdy-gurdy, piano), Olivier Demers (fiddle, guitar, foot-tapping, mandolin, vocals), and his own brother Réjean Brunet (bass, button accordion, jaw harp, piano, vocals).

Media Quotes

« A masterful contemporary treatment by the band, with drone-like backing vocals ans splashy, jazzy piano accompagniment developping into an unstoppable anthem» (4 STARS) – SONGLINES  MAGAZINE (UK) –  TOP OF THE WORLD ALBUM

“ A classy & rousing set by Quebec Folk heroes”
– 4 STARS ★ ★ ★ ★ THE GUARDIAN

« Leave a positive feelgood feeling all over the body ».
LIRA MAGAZINE (SE)

« Exceptionally skilled, exceptionally experienced, and exceptionally entertaining».
SING OUT! (USA)

“ A classy & rousing set by Quebec Folk heroes”
– 4 STARS ★ ★ ★ ★ THE GUARDIAN

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