Quebec’s World-Renowned Genticorum Release the Voyage-Themed Nagez Rameurs

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May 10 – Petit Champlain, Quebec, QC
May 12 – Album launch: Festival La Grande Rencontre, Montreal, QC
May 13-15 – Festival La Grande Rencontre, Montreal, QC
May 19 – Hugh’s Room, Toronto, ON
May 20 – The Company House, Halifax, NS
May 21 – The Rocket Room, St. John, NL
May 24 – National Arts Centre, Fourth Stage, Ottawa, ON
May 26 – Folk Exchange, Winnipeg, MB
May 27 – The Ironwood Stage, Calgary, AB
May 28 – St. James Hall, Vancouver, BC

Fans of new-generation Quebec traditional music, everyone shout “Bravo!”

The powerhouse Juno and Felix nominated trio Genticorum is releasing a brand new album, and this time, it’s a collection of songs and tunes about voyages and voyageurs – all marked by the same ultra high-level musicianship, worldly innovation, outrageous humour, and irrepressible joie de vivre that’s earned the band a rabid global following.

Nagez Rameurs sees the call-and-response numbers of Genticorum’s previous albums turned into more sophisticated story-songs sung in stirring three-part harmonies. There is also more interplay between the traditional and original compositions, with original reels fused to traditional songs; traditional songs mixed with original lyrics, and even a traditional, English-language Thomas Moore song transformed and translated into a traditional-sounding piece, with a supplemental verse courtesy of Genticorum fiddler and foot-percussionist Pascal Gemme. But beyond that, the album features the same huge sound fans have come to know and love: intricate fiddle and flute work, energetic foot percussion, booming electric bass, and rich resonant vocals.

The album opens with “Tout le long du voyage,” a song from the collection of Quebec’s famous folk song collector Marius Barbeau merged with an original reel composed by Genticorum guitarist Yann Falquet. It’s hard to tell from the jaunty vocals and dancing fiddle, but it’s actually a piece about the down-side of the voyageur life – such as the lack of sleep and the risk of life and limb. A counterpoint to the piece is offered in the album’s closer, “Canot d’écorce,” a tender traditional number that romanticizes the voyageur trade. The equally-captivating works in between include “Turlutte Hirsute,” a pair of original reels performed with fiddle, flute and vocalizations – one a tribute to Denis Frechette, the late pianist and accordion-player for the legendary La Bottine Souriante, the other, a tribute to the hairy men of traditional music. There’s also the title track, the aforementioned translation of Thomas Moore’s “A Canadian Boat Song.” And then there’s “Quand Chus Parti du Canada,” an energetic traditional piece in which the narrator travels the world bemoaning the shorter and shorter hem-lines he finds on women’s skirts.

Genticorum’s unique humour is one of the many attributes that have made it one of Quebec’s leading musical exports.

In the decade since its debut, the band – which consists of Gemme, Falquet and bassist / flautist Alexandre de Grosbois Garand – has been nominated for both Juno and Felix Awards, earned two Canadian Folk Music Awards for Ensemble of the Year and Traditional Album of the Year, showcased at WOMEX, and played the biggest music festivals in more than 15 countries – among them Celtic Connections in Scotland, Port Fairy and the National Folk Festival in Australia, Festival de Louisiane in the U.S., and the Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals in England. They’ve also performed for Radio-Canada, the British Broadcasting Corporation, and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and earned five stars from Britain’s The Independent.

The band’s profile has continued to grow ever since the 2008 release of their third album, La Bibournoise, which earned the Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year. Following its release, the ensemble did another tour of Australia; played a series of high profile U.K. festivals; appeared at Norway’s prestigious Forde Festival; and made its debut in France at the Festival Beau Monde du Quebec. They also signed with noted American agent Herschel Freeman, whose roster includes the Wailin’ Jennys. The New York Post called the album “One of the year’s most unusual and beautiful collections of folk music.”

Genticorum thanks Musicaction (Canada) and SODEC (Quebec), plus the Canada Council for the Arts, our partners and funders for their support.

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