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UPDATE: Fru Skagerrak no longer playing Sutton, but still ...

It’s not often in Canada that we get to experience the music of another northern culture from half way around the globe, let alone three other northern cultures in one band. But gosh, it sure is fun when that happens. ...
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The Sutton Fiddle Festival will transport you to another time ...

 For five years now, there has been a friendly little festival happening in Sutton, Qué., during the third weekend in August. If you love traditional fiddle music, enjoy convivial company, and hanker for mountain scenery in a pretty little bilingual ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines: a photo essay (Part 2)

(Below) This Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra dancer’s percussion made us want to dance too!      The fires of community are lit at dusk.      The Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra led a procession up the long hill to the centre of ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines: a photo essay (Part 1)

(Below) Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra encouraging a photo op during their main stage performance.     The Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra has fifteen members including two fantastic dancers.  What a show!      Les Tireaux de Roches pulled off a terrific main stage ...
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You need to discover Balfolk … and there’s a festival ...

Emilyn Stam is a fiddle player, pianist, accordionist and composer – one of the most creative and virtuosic musicians in Canada today. As a young musician, her mentor was the late Oliver Schroer, and today, she works with top musicians ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines – Day 3 (Sunday)

Sunday at Mémoire et Racines dawned bright and sunny, a beautiful day for listening to music in the shade of the ash trees, which, in this corner of North America, fortunately have not yet been affected by the devastation of ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines – Day 2 (Saturday)

Under the light of the waning full moon on Saturday night, the band Genticorum finished up the main stage performances for the night. Presenting music from their new CD, Avant L’Orage, (before the storm), the band played with incredible musicianship. Beautiful tunes, ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines: Day 1 (Friday)

After a week of torrential rain in the Lanaudière region of Québec, Festival Mémoire et Racines opened with gorgeous warm sunshine leading to spectacular performances on Friday evening. This festival is located right in the heart of Quebec’s traditional music community, ...
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The best festival you’ve (maybe) never heard of: Mémoire et ...

During the third weekend of July every summer, there is a folk festival in the pretty Québec town of Joliette, which is legendary, draws thousands, but is rarely talked about outside of Quebec. It’s the Festival Mémoire et Racines – ...
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Genticorum showcases its new lineup with new album/tour

For over eighteen years, audiences all over Canada and around the world have delighted in the music produced by this trio from southern Québec. Genticorum has performed over a thousand concerts in fifteen different countries, presenting the exciting traditional music ...