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Le Vent du Nord at the 2019 Young Tradition Festival

1 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).  

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 it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

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.” — Boston Herald

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over 5 continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The group 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.

Not content with standard approaches to tradition, Le Vent du Nord has also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montreal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”

On stage these friends create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now.  https://leventdunord.com/en

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