Les Grands Hurleurs



The Quebec-based Les Grands Hurleurs has just released a new CD titled CHOUÏA wich celebrate its 10th anniversary.  

The trio play music that is deeply anchored in tradition and steeped in numerous criss-crossing influences. With CHOUÏA, traditional music flirts with classical, Manouche, electronica, and folk music. The band present original, open-minded music, very much alive yet respectful of its roots.

We started our project to make trad music while venturing beyond the well-beaten tracks (…)  Knowing and respecting where the music came from, we gave ourselves freedom to do what we liked with the arrangements.” (excerpt of an interview published on Penguin Eggs 2017 summer issue)

Amazing live performers, they play many instruments, feel their on-stage energy, and get blown away by their sheer musical prowess. They truly please everyone, bonding with their audiences wherever they perform.

Since its inception in 2009, Les Grands Hurleurs have earned a solid reputation, accumulating a lot of experience in countless Quebec venues, international stages (Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, the USA) and on major events including recently: 2017 Canada Day in Victoria, & 2017 Canada Summer Games Winnipeg.

Since 2017 they’ve been in the official showcase selections at Bourse Rideau 2017 (Québec), FICG 2017 (Granby, Quebec), Contact East  2017 (Cape Breton) and Folk Alliance International 2018 (Kansas City, USA), 

Les Grands Hurleurs have achieved the rare feat of bagging a Felix Award – Francophone Canada’s Juno equivalent – for three albums.

  • 2018: CHOUÏA (TOP 50 Best Traditional Album 2018, Ici Musique) COYOTE
  • 2015:  3/4 Fort  (Trad album of the year, ADISQ) Coyote Records.  COYOTE008
  • 2011: Petit grain d’or (Trad album of the year, ADISQ) Disques Tempête. TEM24028
  • 2009: Nicolas Pellerin et Les Grands Hurleurs (Trad album of the year, ADISQ) Disques Tempête. TEM23838




“The strikingly original arrangements he creates with his trio Les Grands Hurleurs never compromise the essence of the old songs and tunes that he loves.”
– Tony Montague, Penguin Eggs magazine, June 2017
“A lot of delicacy and sensitivy, the research of original repertoire, mixture of groove and nice strings arrangement. The trio makes dive at the same time into the «reel-folk-music» and the “folk music-of-chamber”, blues, bluegrass, atmospheric lament and mélodies from Britanny.”
– Yves Bernard, Le Devoir – Top 5 Best World Music CD 2015
“Kudos to these talented musicians for exploring and expanding the notion of what the trad music of Quebec is all about.”
–Li Robbins, Songlines magazine