Thursday, October 27, 2011

La Volée d'Castors - Migration (2003 Canada) @160


The band from the Lanaudière region was formed in 1993 by Nicolas Froment, Mathieu Lacas, Martin Mailhot and Sébastien Parent. Their first album, Galant, was released in 1994.

In 1995 they were joined by Frédéric Bourgeois from Sainte-Marie-Salomé and, for the first time they performed outside the province of Quebec, at the Northern Lights Festival Boréal in Sudbury, Ontario. Réjean Brunet was added to the line-up in 1996, and for a whole year the Castors were the official musicians of a traditional Lanaudière dance ensemble, les Petits Pas Jacadiens. They also made occasional concerts in and around Montreal and Quebec City.

1997 marked a turning point for the band when they produced themselves at a world folk festival in Saint-Malo, France, in their first international performance. In 1998, their second album, Par monts et par vaux, was launched, and the Castors were invited to various radio and televised live performances which helped increase their popularity. They played for the first time in the United States in 1999 at the New Music Festival, in Vermont, and at the same time they produced a video for Belle embarquez!.

The new millennium saw them performing in concerts all across Canada and also in the United States, notably at the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance in Cleveland, Ohio. Their third album, VDC, recorded in Saint-Calixte, was released the same year and earned the group a nomination at the Juno Awards 2000 in the Best Roots and traditional album-group.

In 2001 they went on a tour that took them across Canada, Europe, and Quebec where they collected a Félix at the ADISQ awards for the best traditional album. The following year, original member Nicolas Froment quit the band, to be replaced by Steve Boulay from Gaspésie, and again the band embarked on a European tour, in which they took part at the Hebridean Celtic Festival in Scotland and the Tonder Folk Festival in Denmark. Back in Quebec they also performed live with La Bottine Souriante and toured across the province.

In 2003 their fourth album, Migration, was released and the band toured North America, Europe, and for the first time, played in Japan, Malaysia, at the Rainforest World Music Festival, Australia, at the WOMADelaide, and New-Zealand. The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and the Vancouver Folk Festival also welcomed the Castors, who were joined that year by André Dupuis, a percussionist experienced in Cuban and Latin music.

Since 2004, the band has taken care of itself independently, and has continued to make concerts in Europe and North America. In 2005, their first live album, Y'a du monde à messe, was released. A new member, Frédéric Beauséjour, was welcomed the same year.


01 - La voisine
02 - Bonanza
03 - La palette
04 - La belle Province
05 - M’en revenant de Saint Denis
06 - Douce Amélia
07 - Prince Eugène
08 - A la volée
09 - Tristesse
10 - L’embâcle
11 - Me voilà marié
12 - Esprit de l’Est
13 - Caressons la bouteille
14 - UBC
15 - Les coucous


Mathieu LACAS: Violon, Vocals/voix
Steve BOULAY: Mandoline, Violon, Vocals/voix
Frédéric BOURGEOIS: Accordéon, Harmonica, Bongos
Frédéric BOURGEOIS: Spoons, Vocals/voix, Foot-tapping
Sébastien PARENT: Guitare acoustique, Banjo, Vocals/voix
Réjean BRUNET: Basse électrique, Vocals/voix
Martin MAILHOT: Accordéon, Bodhran, Vocals/voix.

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3 comments:

CrimsonKing said...

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JF said...

OI!..Parabens pelon excelente trabalho divulgador..Estou retornando com meu blog Série Echoes..se possível conto seu apoio para divulgá-lo..Abçs..JF

CrimsonKing said...

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