De Temps Antan
Show Description"De Temps Antan was a huge hit at the 2009 Wheatland Music Festival! The fact that they were completely unknown to most festival-goers made it all the more special.
When they took to the main stage late on Saturday night, no one expected this unassuming trio to get the entire crowd on their feet by the end of the first tune. Their confidence and stage presence was captivating and easily won the hearts of crowd. With powerful vocals, driving rhythms and good humor, this group will do great things to advance the awareness of Quebecois music far beyond their own borders."
-Dan Bracken, Wheatland Music Festival 2009
To say that De Temps Antan is a super-group of Québécois folk music is an under-statement. Each member of De Temps Antan was a leader in the massive, multi-platinum Québec folk band La Bottine Souriante and have toured the world over on some the biggest stages. Now they’ve taken the energy they brought to arena performances and channeled this into a shockingly powerful trio. These musicians are virtuosic performers, and their interpretations of the music of Québec are as much informed by their world travels as by their fieldwork and family ties. Their music is explosive and they put out as much sound as a full band when they perform. Their sound is anchored by the “tac-tic-a tac” of les pieds (a form of seated clogging found only in French Canada), the blazing fiddle of André Brunet, the brash accordion playing of Pierre-Luc Dupuis and the pristine voice of Éric Beaudry. De Temps Antan brings the absolute best of French-Canadian folk music to new generations.
Who is De Temps Antan? Fiddler/vocalist André Brunet won the 2008 Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, the first time a Québécois musician has won this honor, and is the best fiddler of his generation. He appeared live during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Games and toured for years as La Bottine Souriante’s fiddling star. His impact on French-Canadian fiddling can’t be overstated. Pierre-Luc Dupuis fronted the La Bottine Souriante after the departure of Yves Lambert. These were big shoes to fill, but Pierre-Luc’s rowdy songs and raging accordion playing brought La Bottine around the world. His rich voice brings time-worn Québécois chansons à réponse (call-and-response songs) to a new level. Éric Beaudry is the golden child of Québécois traditional song. A dedicated fieldworker and song-collector, he has traveled throughout Québec collecting songs and tunes. He’s currently leading La Bottine Souriante with his close friend Benoît Bourque, and splitting his time touring the world with La Bottine and lighting up stages with his subtle, emotional singing and richly layered guitar work in De Temps Antan.
Hearing the music of De Temps Antan, you’ll see why the world is falling in love with the pure joy of Québécois folk music.