Canadian trio set to inspire

All the way from Montréal, a brilliant trio of multi-instrumentalists is heading to Spittal with their own brand of original French-Canadian-Celtic roots music and podorythmie (foot percussion).

Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 8:29 am
Updated Tuesday, 16th October 2018, 8:32 am
Bon Débarras, from the left, Dominic Desrochers, Cédric Dind-Lavoie, and Jean-François Dumas

Bon Débarras – Dominic Desrochers, Jean-François Dumas and Marie-Pierre Lecault – play a fusion of Quebecois folk music that draws on various traditions and global influences.

And they will be at BURC on Friday, October 19.

Their inventive and energetic live set features mostly original tunes played on guitar, banjo, fiddle, viola, ukulele, harmonica and Jews harp. They also dazzle audiences with their blazing foot and body percussion, and jigging (a cross between step and tap dancing).

Their genre-blending music brings together traditional French-Canadian music inspired by the music of Irish, Scottish and English settlers, with Aboriginal influences, Innu traditions and rhythmic urban sounds.

Inspired by the music of yesterday whilst tapping into the rhythms of today, this warm-hearted band unite the worlds of music, dance and poetry to create a unique musical evening to raise the village hall roof.

Bon Débarras is the latest in a steady flow of Canadian artists crossing continents to tour with Highlights Rural Touring Scheme through its partnership with Contact East/Atlantic Presenters Association, which allows rural audiences to enjoy North American talent.

Mike Greener, the Highlights promoter for Spittal, said: “We were delighted to have been given the opportunity by Highlights to bring Bon Débarras to our venue. Our audiences seem to appreciate music performed by people from all over the world.”