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Genticorum at the 2019 Young Tradition Festival

2 May 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
BCA Center

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This concert is part of the 2019 Young Tradition Festival, one of 5 early evening acoustic concerts (no sound system) at the BCA Center in Burlington (April 29, April 30, May 1, May 3 and May 3).  

Over the past 18 years the trad Quebec group Genticorum has become a fixture on the international world, trad, folk and Celtic music circuit. The band’s six albums met with critical acclaim in Canada, the United States and Europe, assuring the band a brilliant future. Known for its energy and its stage presence, Genticorum has given more than a 1000 concerts in more than 15 countries.

Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, the energetic and original traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in their music. They weave precise and intricate fiddle, flute and accordion work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence makes them a supreme crowd pleaser. http://www.genticorum.com

Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene.Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries.

From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him. After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec. Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of the music.

Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has explored many styles of music and completed a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz. Since then, he has developed a personal guitar style for Québec folk music, inspired by the playing of the accompanists of different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America).

His involvement in the province’s traditional music scene has brought Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with Genticorum but also with JUNO award-winning Celtic and world group The McDades, the Jean-François Bélanger Trio and with cellist Natalie Haas.

Nicholas Williams has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England. His rhythmic yet nuanced style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of classical North Indian music. After completing a BFA in world music and composition at York University, Nicholas moved to Québec in 2000, where he has enjoyed exploring the common ground of his own diverse musical experiences with the rich Québécois musical tradition. Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he has been a member of the band Crowfoot since 2005, plays with fiddler Laura Risk, and in the Alex Kehler & Nicholas Williams duo.

After each concert starting at 8pm and after the mentor-student showcase on Saturday there will a Festival Club at Half Lounge, across the street from BCA Center, featuring the 2019 Festival Host Band Pete’s Posse https://www.petesposse.com

Other festival events include school and hospital programs during the week, an Irish fiddle workshop with Martin Hayes on May 4 (10am) at the Burlington Violin Shop, the annual contest finals (with guest sets by National Heritage Fellowship winner Don Roy https://donroyonline.com, Pete’s Posse and others) (11am to 3pm) and the mentor/student showcase (6pm) on May 4 at City Hall.

The festival concludes with tribute concert honoring Martha Pellerin www.freedomandunity.org/vt_transition/pellerin.html on May 5 (3pm), also at City Hall.

Tickets for the evening concerts will be available starting 3/18/19 at https://sevendaystickets.com. Limited seating for all evening concerts-purchase your tickets early!

Admission to the contest finals, the mentor-student showcase and the Martha Pellerin Tribute are by suggested donation (no advance tickets). Contact mark.sustic@gmail.com for information or to register for the Martin Hayes Irish fiddle workshop, designed for intermediate to advanced players. Questions or additional info about the festival from mark.sustic@gmail.com