“a new take on Québécois folk – recharging the music from within while at the same time bringing fresh elements from outside” – fRoots
“Profoundly traditional but completely open to current trends” – Penguin Eggs
Despite their youth, (19-24) the five members of Les Poules à Colin have already been playing together for seven years, touring throughout North America and in Europe. Music is in their blood, spurring accomplishments that might otherwise seem beyond their years. Natives of Lanaudière, renowned as Quebec’s most musical region, each of them come from parents who themselves are celebrated traditional musicians. Les Poules à Colin’s second and most recent recording Ste-Waves garnished a prestigious nomination at ADISQ 2015 (Québec Association for the Recording, Concert and Video Industries) for Traditional Album of the Year. In 2010 they were winners of The Grand Prix Desjardins culture Lanaudière, at the annual gala showcasing the important cultural environment of that region.
Les Poules à Colin perform frequently at International festivals like the Vancouver Folk Festival, and Winnipeg’s The Festival du Voyageur (a ten day affair held in Winnipeg’s French Quarter that typical attracts 100,000 attendees.) Outside of Canada they’ve enthralled crowds at festivals like the Festival International Louisiana, and at Celtic Connections in Glasgow – the largest annual winter music festival of its kind and the UK’s premier celebration of Celtic music. So it will be a rare and special treat to hear Les Poules à Colin’s musical magic in the intimate confines of the Empire State Railway Museum in Phoenicia.
A review of their appearance at Celtic Connections published in the Scotsman said this about Les Poules à Colin:
“Opening one of a dozen concerts taking place on Celtic Connections’ first Friday night and one of at least five sell-outs –the young Québécois quintet Les Poules à Colin made their Glasgow debut in sparkling and beguiling style… Their own sound brought freshly inventive vitality to these deeply planted roots, centred on bright yet sultry twin female vocals, with instrumentation including banjo and mandolin (unusual in Québécois line-ups), plus powerful, pulsing electric bass, alongside fiddle, piano, and subtly deployed foot-percussion. Some numbers rang artful changes on traditional ballads or call-and-response songs, ingeniously spliced with Quebec’s irresistibly rollicking dance music; others featured the band’s own material, such as their current album’s restively yearning title track, Ste-Waves, a mix further enlivened with dashes of bluegrass, jazz and pop.”
The Empire State Railway Museum is located at 70 Lower High Street in Phoenicia, New York. Tickets are $17 at the door or $15 with an advance RSVP. Show time is 7:30 p.m. and the doors open at 7:00 p.m. This is an intimate venue with seating for approximately 50 guests.
Seats can be reserved by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling Flying Cat Music at 845-688-9453. RSVPs must be received by 5:00 p.m.on the day of the show in order to confirm seat availability. Advance seats can only be guaranteed until 7:20 p.m. so please arrive early to claim them.
Video of Les Poules à Colin performing “Chantons pour passer le temps”