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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines day three (Sunday) night

The Sunday evening Gilles Cantin main stage’s first performers were Emerald Rae and Jean-François Gagnon-Branchaud. They did a nice set of songs and tunes from Lanaudière region. Next was a tweener: La Foulée stepdancers with André Brunet fiddling up a ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines day three (Sunday) daytime

Sunday’s daytime concerts began late morning and carried on until supper time. At the wind instruments workshop, we saw Benoit Fortin and Daniel Roy on wooden whistles. Jeremiah McDade played his own compositions on Irish flute and low whistle, with ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines day two (Saturday) daytime

Saturday afternoon at Mémoire et Racines saw a variety of performances and workshops on various stages. Éric Beaudry’s students at the CJEP college folk music school in Joliette put on a lovely show to start the day. They played a ...
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Dispatches from Festival Mémoire et Racines day one (Friday)

Festival Mémoire et Racines this year is hosting its first full festival since 2019, before the pandemic began. For the festival opener, again this year, Camp Violon TradQuébecois entertained the growing crowd with tunes the 60-plus students had just mastered ...
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Sultans of String – Sanctuary

There are places in the world where for reasons that are beyond logic, you cannot visit or even contemplate living a life of safety and calm. War, politics, terrorism, poverty, crime, environmental degradation and persecution are just some of the ...
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Elizabeth Szekeres gets us ready for this year’s Festival Mémoire ...

I might just have to clone myself about four times to go to everything I want to see on this year’s program at Festival Mémoire et Racines in Joliette, QC. After two years of restricted pandemic programming, this great festival ...
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Over the Moon – Chinook Waltz

A chinook is a warm wind that blows eastward over the Rocky Mountains and warms up parts of western North America in the winter. When you live on a ranch in the foothills of southern Alberta, like Craig Bicknell and ...
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Shane Cook and the Woodchippers – Be Here for a ...

This is definitely not your grandpa’s fiddle record. Shane Cook, with three of his very talented friends, has put together a magnificent selection of tunes on this CD, all superbly composed, arranged and played. Listening to Shane’s playing on this ...
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“La Ziguezon”: 40 plus years for this call-and-response song celebrated ...

Jean Desrochers, artistic director of Festival Memoire et Racines in Québec, got a brilliant idea this past summer. He put a group of five superb singers from diverse cultural backgrounds in a park with huge trees with two camera operators ...
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Festival Mémoire et Racines 2021: Re-starting this legendary festival

  You’ve been really missing live music, and you’ve been missing even more the live music that is weekend-long music festivals. With the re-start of Festival Mémoire et Racines in Joliette, QC next month (July 23-25), the wait for some ...