The award winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing its hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences. On Friday, Aug. 23, these folk heroes from Quebec arrive south of the border to perform at the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor.
“Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes,” reports the Boston Herald.
Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,900 concerts over five continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammy), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
Le Vent du Nord 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.
On stage these friends create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. The concert by these international folk stars is sponsored by The Rogers Family.
Advance discounted tickets are $25 and available directly from the Box Office at 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor, or by calling 633-5159. Regular tickets are $30 and available online and boothbayoperahouse.com and on the day of the concert. Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., music is at 7:30.