About the album
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Greg and I discovered the traditional music of Québec in the mid-1980s at Champlain Valley Festival in Vermont, where we have heard and jammed with many excellent players, old and young, over the years. Our favorite was La Bottine souriante, whose early albums we eagerly memorized. We have been learning, performing, teaching, writing about and transcribing this music ever since, and I have made many trips to la belle province of Québec to collect and share tunes with my friends there.
Recording this album at Studio Chemin no. 4 was the realization of a dream, and it was a heavenly experience: an idyllic riverside location, a community of warm and talented people, great food, drink and bilingual chat, the able ears and hands of André Marchand at the recording console, and best of all, a gang of great musicians, in particular Paul and Stéphane, with whom it was truly an honor to play.
Laurie Hart (fiddle)
Greg Sandell (piano)
Paul Marchand (guitar)
Stéphane Landry (accordion): One of the most gifted accordionists in Québec, Stéphane Landry was introduced to the accordion at age ten. As soon as his talent became apparent, his parents entrusted him to Gérard Lajoie, a dominant figure in traditional circles in the 1950s. A renowned virtuoso, his style is upbeat and lively with a powerful, driving rhythm. He has gained a distinguished reputation outside Québec through extensive touring with the group Entourloupe. Not only in demand for dances, Stéphane has been invited to perform at such prestigious venues as the Smithsonian Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Ris Orangis Festival in France. In 1996, he was the Québec representative at the Montmagny International Accordion Festival. This exceptional musician exhibits remarkable technique and a dynamic style.
André Marchand, guitar (track 10), podorythmie/foot percussion throughout
Pierre Chartrand, gigue/stepdancing (track 5, 17)
Jean-Claude Mirandette, guitar (track 15)
Produced by Laurie Hart
Recorded by André Marchand at Studio Chemin no. 4, Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Québec in 2000
Mastered by Will Russel at Electric Wilburland Studio
Pierre David, photography
Barbara Tefft, graphic design