Friday, May 21, 2010

Bon Voyage

I know many of you love folk and traditional music, especially with a bit of prog thrown in. Oddly enough this band is not in Progquebec's roster, though hailing from Montreal. First two albums are pretty widely available online now, the third from 1983 called "Voyage" inevitably is more pop oriented and smooth. However it still sounds like it should have been released in the seventies.
Check out the really imaginative cover. An engineer appears to be driving a mixing board on the dark road.

quote from
"This sextet from Montreal was formed in 1973 and found their brand of Acadian & Celtic reels and jigs popular around the Maritimes, Quebec and overseas in Europe. The group was known for its utilization of a twin Celtic fiddle sound courtesy of Crilly and Selick. They signed to Polygram then to Direction Records, then to Flying Fish, and finally to Porte Parole. Their eponymous debut, Barde, was released in 1977. By their the second album, Images, in 1978 Chris Crilly had introduced keyboards in the form of synths and pianos. By 1983's Voyage Selick had also left and the remaining members changed musical direction by incorporating keyboards bass and violin courtesy of studio musicians Jacques Joubert, Richard Paquette, and Jocelyn Therrien. Pierre Guerin led a revamped Barde at the 10th Annual Winnipeg Folk Festival. The band finally disbanded for good shortly thereafter with Guerin marrying and settling in the St. Boniface region of Winnipeg. He became a disc jockey before becoming Artistic Director of The Winnipeg Folk Festival.
with notes from Pierre Guerin, Chris MacRaghallaigh and Richard Chapman."

Richard Chapman (vocals, mandolin, banjo, dulcimer, guitar)
Toby Cinnsealac (aka Kinsella) (tin flute, tin whistle, recorders, clarinet, tambourine)
Pierre Guerin (vocals, acoustic guitar, accordion, concertina, flute, recorder)
Chris (aka Crilly) MacRaghallaigh (vocals, violin, keyboards, bodhran, tambourine)
Elliot Selick (violin, tin flute, tin whistle, banjo)
Ed Moore (bodhran, tambourine, concertina, tin flute, tin whistle, glockenspiel)

La boite a lunch...


Tristan Stefan said...

Arnold said...

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Dr Bob in the Bronx said...

I was at the 10th Winnipeg Folk Festival and was wowed by Barde like everyone else. Not one but TWO French-Celtic electrified fiddles on stage, and EVERYONE was up dancing. Pierre Guerin kept promising me at later festivals that the Barde albums -- he has all the tapes -- would be released on CD. But it never happened. One track on Voyage is called Prairie Lady because on a trip to the festival he met her and moved from Monreal to St.Boniface/Winnipeg despite, as he relates in the song, her "Manitoba French." Thanks for posting the Voyage file!

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