NEW ALBUM AND SHOW EN PANNE DE SILENCE
OFFICIAL SELECTION ARTIST - FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL 2018
USA TOURS: JANUARY AND MARCH 2019
Bon Débarras was born from a chance encounter between 3 dynamic artists from the music, dance and poetry worlds. Drawing their inspiration from the rich traditions of French-speaking North America, the band was nominated for their self-titled début for an ADISQ award in the ‘Traditional music album of the year’ category; and again in 2013 for Errance, their second opus. Changes have occurred among the members, but the trio remains true to their roots, while exploring composition and music styles including folk, trad and slam… an American crossroads where tradition and modernity meet.
With their latest album, 2017’s En panne de silence, Bon Débarras moves boldly into a repertoire that is almost entirely original, steeped in poetry and rhythmic urban sounds – and even a touch of Aboriginal influence. More innovative than ever, the trio remains true to the rhythms of French-speaking America with those unambiguous Quebec flavors supported by a newcomer – the fiddle. And that’s how, over the years, this warm-hearted band has been able to carry on an identity, a style and an energy-filled zest for life quite unique and beautifully served by the versatility of the musicians as well as their daring jigging and vivid body percussion.
Bon Débarras drew the attention of European presenters in 2014 after receiving the Lynda Lemay Award at the Festival de la chanson de Granby. The group performed some twenty concerts in France on their 2016 Granby-Europe tour. Since its birth, the band has played throughout Canada, the United States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as well as making regular appearances in France.
En panne de silence by Bon Débarras takes us on a journey where anything is possible. While a solitary kitchen party is on, an opinionated dance caller, a mad dancer, a theatre ghost and a lover inspired by the seasons show up.
You need a live performance of the trio to fully experience the many traditions of francophone America which coexist in their swing and in a repertoire now mostly made of original compositions sometimes overflowing with rhythmic poetry. The stage is set for jigs, dances and some blazing body percussions, because their distinctive physical atmosphere embedded in their music is definitely Bon Débarras’ trademark.
And you need the heartfelt warmth of Dominic Desrochers, Jean-François Dumas and third and not least Véronique Plasse when they slow down their mad tempo for a tender love song, a quiet folk tune or a foray into Innu traditions, touching upon some of Québec’s deepest roots. The depth of the musical atmospheres on the album is carried by the musicians’ versatility and proficiency on a panoply of instruments – guitar, banjo, fiddle, viola, harmonica, Jew’s harp, ukulele, rhythmically supported by the cajon and podorythms.
Bon Débarras’ music is not only an antioxidant for the soul, it will tickle your inner silence with a compelling energy calling for foot stomping and dancing!
YOUNG AUDIENCES SHOW
With Playing Hooky, Bon Débarras takes you on a whirlwind musical journey through various communities from which they have drawn their inspiration, including Québec, Acadia and Louisiana. Feet stomping, hand clapping, leg slapping and full-on singing are to be expected from both performers and the audience alike. Presented in schools and various children’s festivals throughout Canada and France, this show, with its songs, tales, lilting and called dances, will not fail to move you and give you a spring in your step.
« The trio resolutely highlights songs and lyrics – poetic, traditional in its inspiration, or a place where slam meets other forms of definitely urban rhythmic poetry. That’s one of the band’s trademarks associated to their very physical musical atmosphere. » - Yves Bernard, Le Devoir
« Still faithful to the rhythms of French-speaking North America and well rooted in the Québec folk trad repertoire, Bon Débarras trio has succeeded over the years in imposing their close to unique style and identity, with their energy beautifully served by the jig and the percussive dancing.» - Nicolas Mouchel, Le Pays d’Auge
« Moving from inspired and dazzling original pieces whose energy is contagious to more mellow and poetic, even melancholic ones, Bon Débarras found the right pace for En panne de silence. A sense of lightness and free spirit exudes from this album, with its lively songs and beats made for foot stomping – an authentic call to dance! » - Pauline Banchereau, FrancoFans
Playing Hooky perfectly fits regular venues and theatres as well as gymnasiums and outdoor stages. The band also offers workshops for all ages, don't hesitate to ask more information about it!
Audience : 6 to 12 years old
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