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The Quebec folk scene isn't a youngster any more, but it's still full of very vital energy, tempered with skill and a lot more sophistication, as the new disc by one of the region's top bands shows. There's plenty here to please longtime fans, in the instrumentals, with some wonderful playing, and the songs, many traditional, and some original. The quartet (plus guests) wheel freely through it all. By now they've developed into a superb, tight unit, but one which so obviously enjoys the music. They do what they do, and it very well, but they do stretch boundaries a bit on "Rossignolet," which is gloriously atmospheric, almost as if they'd been produced by Daniel Lanois, and, because it stands out so much, is possibly the best thing here. But, truthfully, the album is a series of highlights, with the songs possibly coming out ahead of the instrumentals, although "Mamzelle Kennedy" is an excellent piece of work. This is a band that's confident enough to add to the tradition, and become vital in moving it on.

Biography

Formed: 2002

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s

Based in Quebec, Le Vent du Nord (The Wind of the North) are a four-member group specializing in the traditional French-Canadian folk that locals refer to as Quebecois music (or la musique québécoise in French). The accordion, the violin, the mandolin, and the hurdy-gurdy (an instrument that goes back to medieval times and is known as the vielle à roue in French) are prominent ingredients of their sound, which draws on influences ranging from French medieval music to British folk to the Celtic music...
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