These artists appeared at Festival 2017
Les Poules à Colin Canada
Despite their youth Les Poules à Colin has been together seven years. All five have blossomed into intuitive performers, turning heads as they go: Béatrix Méthé, Sarah Marchand, Éléonore Pitre, and siblings Marie and Colin Savoie-Levac are from traditional musicians' families based in Lanaudière, Québec, its musical heartland.
The band explores the alliance between Québec "trad" and polyglot styles, whether jazz, pop, folk or bluegrass. They take us into their world through original compositions, with sparkling arrangements and harmonic progressions and reinvent the age-old traditions. Their second album Ste-Waves was nominated at l'ADISQ for Traditional Album of the Year; while an EP Anabel and the first CD Hébertisme Nocturne are also in their catalogue.
The group has a strong stage presence as performances at Vancouver and Winnipeg Folk Festivals will attest; they will soon play Festival Internationale in Louisiana and meet their Cajun cousins. They have toured throughout Canada, the US and Europe. Les Poules love to collaborate and have performed with several roots groups including Trio Yves Lambert.
"[They] brought freshly inventive vitality to these deeply planted roots...bright yet sultry twin female vocals...instrumentation including banjo and mandolin...powerful, pulsing electric bass alongside fiddle, piano, and subtly deployed foot-percussion. Some numbers rang artful changes on traditional ballads or call-and-response songs, ingeniously spliced with Quebec’s irresistibly rollicking dance music." (Sue Wilson, The Scotsman, January 2016) is a review from Celtic Connections in Glasgow where the band were also recorded by the BBC for the prestigious series World on 3.