Danse ce soir!

Laurie Hart (fiddle), Greg Sandell (piano), Paul Marchand (guitar), Stéphane Landry (accordion)

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Fiddle & accordion music of Québec with guitar/piano accompaniment. 32 reels, 6/8s (jigs) & waltzes. Joyful & lively, all instrumental. 2000

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Paul Marchand & Laurie Hart

Paul Marchand & Laurie Hart

Stéphane Landry

Stéphane Landry

at the mixing board with engineer André Marchand

at the mixing board with engineer André Marchand

REVIEWS 

“…an outstanding overview of Québec’s repertoire from the old to the new.”  -- Éric Favreau, fiddler  

"I really like your cd Dance ce soir. Great playing!!!" -- Olav Mjelva, champion Norwegian fiddler  

"The CD is much more than a companion to the book - it's great listening." --Bob Berch, multi-instrumentalist  

"I like your choice of tunes, arrangements, and, of course, musicians... I am fascinated and intrigued by the [crooked tunes]." --Beth Robinson, cellist                      

"The playing is of the highest calibre.  Although one might become overwhelmed at the thought of ever even coming close to such playing, one is nonetheless carried away.  The final result is simply inspiring.   The more I listen to the disc the more I hear. Your music is joyful and brings people together.  It is also touching.  Between the disc and the book, one begins to understand why and how this music can be so magical." -- Jean-Jacques, Ontario  

“I ordered the CD after seeing some of the musicians at a Christmas Revels. It did not disappoint at all. I challenge anyone to keep their feet still or stay in a bad mood as it plays. Now, 2 reviews for the price of 1 -- I bought it for a friend, too, and she loved it.”  --Lynn Litterine

André Marchand provided foot percussion/podorythmie on much of the album, and guitar on one track, as well as engineering

André Marchand provided foot percussion/podorythmie on much of the album, and guitar on one track, as well as engineering

Les Commentaires

« …un tour d'horizon remarquable des genres anciens et actuels du répertoire québécois. » -- Éric Favreau 

« Voici enfin le résultat du magnifique travail de la violoniste et violoneuse Laurie Hart et du pianiste Greg Sandell... Ils apportent ici une collaboration importante à notre discographie et à notre librairie ... Respectivement virtuose de l'archet et maître du clavier, ils interprètent une trentaine de pièces tirée du livre qui lui présente plus d'une centaine de transcriptions des pièces du répertoire québécois...Réalisé avec un soin jaloux...le choix des pièces reflètent bien toutes les textures du répertoire québécois actuels et anciens. » -- Guy Bouchard, catalogue Trente Sous Zéro.

Greg Sandell & Laurie Hart

Greg Sandell & Laurie Hart

About the album

(Français plus bas...)  

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.

Guests:   
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

All the album's tunes and dozens more are transcribed in this accompanying book

All the album's tunes and dozens more are transcribed in this accompanying book