The award-winning and acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leader in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement. The band’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while their highly rhythmic and soulful music, rooted in the Celtic diaspora, is enriched with a wide range of global influences. In celebration of Labor Day weekend, the band arrives in Boothbay Harbor on Friday, September 2 to perform at the historic opera house.
Since its launch in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed dazzling success, giving more than 2,000 concerts on 4 continents and winning prestigious awards including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canadian Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the annual Folk Alliance gala. The group appears regularly on Canadian, American, French and British television and radio and has participated in a wide variety of special musical projects that demonstrate their great finesse and flexibility.
They have collaborated and performed with a wide range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton music pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Quebec roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, folk band Scottish Breabach, the Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople. Le Vent du Nord goes beyond traditional approaches to tradition in their collaborations and they have also created a symphonic concert which, according to Voir Montréal, “puts all opponents of traditional folk to shame”. On stage, these five friends include Simon Beaudry, Nicolas Boulerice, André Brunet, Réjean Brunet, Olivier Demers who create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that push the boundaries of tradition in striking global directions.
Thanks to the generous sponsorship of an anonymous fan of the group, Le Vent du Nord returns to the stage of the Opera.
Advance discount tickets are $30 and are available only at the box office at 86 Townsend Ave. or by calling 207-633-6855. Regular tickets are $35 and are available online at boothbayoperahouse.com and at the door the day of the concert. All seats are general admission, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m.