“One of the best live acts of this universe” ~ Folk World, Germany
Iconic French Canadian roots folk band La Bottine Souriante is a musical explosion featuring 11 musicians, each of whom play multiple instruments, including the accordion, bass, trombone, tuba, clarinet and fiddle to name only a few. A theatrical feast that will dazzle your senses and leave you breathless with amazement, La Bottine Souriante performs on Saturday, January 31 at 8 p.m.
Pulsating rhythm, rousing melodies and exuberant spirit, La Bottine Souriante’s exceptionally tight and cohesive sound is a musical celebration that successfully allies its homage to tradition with a dash of jazz, salsa and pure folk, while at the same time perfectly representing the symbol of vitality and pride of its mother culture.
Throughout their 35 year history the group has released 12 albums, four of which are certified Gold and three are certified Platinum. In total they have sold over half a million albums and accumulated multiple awards for their ingenious compositions. The group has won the Juno Award for Best Roots/Traditional Album on three separate occasions, once in 1989 for “Je voudrais changer d’chapeau”, another in 1992 for “Jusqu’aux p’tites heures”, and the final for “Cordial” in 2002.
Known for their energetic live performances, La Bottine Souriante was voted Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in the year 2000, and has roused the crowd with performances at music festivals across the world including the Tønder Festival, the prestigious WOMAD, Celtic Connections, the Milwaukee Irish Fest, and the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games.
The group consists of the following musicians: Éric Beaudry (vocals, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, podorythmie), Pierre “Pedro” Bélisle (keyboards, piano accordion, piano, trumpet), David Boulanger (vocals, violin, podorythmie, percussion), Benoît Bourque (accordion, bones, podorythmie, vocals), Robert “Bob” Ellis (bass trombone, tuba, percussion), Jean Fréchette (saxophone, flute, penny whistle, clarinet, percussion, vocals), Jean-François Gagnon-Branchaud (fiddle, guitar, voice), Jocelyn Lapointe (trumpet, flugelhorn), François Marion (electric bass, acoustic bass guitar), Sandy Silva (percussive dance) and André Verreault (trombone).
La Bottine Souriante: Saturday, January 31, 2015, 8 p.m.;
Tickets: $59 – $54
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