Mélisande [Électrotrad] (CAN)

Sunday 23 April


w/ Brent Parlane

The band’s brand new sophomore album Les millésimes (the vintages) is an odyssey of pulsating beats, live drums and percussion, searing fiddle melodies, driving vocal choruses, blistering horn arrangements and creative synth lines – all providing hook-laden, centuries-old songs with a new life on the dance floor.

Together, the core duo behind the project, Mélisande and “Moulin” represent a perfect union of tradition and modern. Mélisande began her career with the prog rock group Mémoire Vive, which was extremely active around Montreal in the 90s. In 2001, she moved to Boston, where she recorded an album with The Sweepers before returning to Montreal to perform with the group Colette and launch a solo career. She subsequently won two awards at 2010’s Vue Sur la Relève, toured Canada, the US and Australia and appeared at the Festival de Mexico before turning her attention to trad music.

“Moulin” won four Canadian Folk Music Awards and was nominated for both a Juno and a Félix for his work with Genticorum, one of Quebec’s leading new generation trad bands. He comes from a traditional music family – his father, Gilles Garand, founded the Festival La Grande Rencontre in Montreal – and built his reputation as a member of Perdu l’Nord, with whom he first experimented with electrotrad.

Partners in both music and life, Mélisande and “Moulin” released their debut electrotrad album, Les métamorphoses, in 2014 and immediately took Quebec by storm. They earned an Independent Music Award for World Beat Album of the Year and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year and were nominated for a Félix for Album of the Year – Traditional. Perhaps most gratifying, they’ve seen other Quebec artists follow their lead.

Les millésimes, offers a collection of traditional songs carefully selected during research in various archive centres in Quebec and United States. Like great wines, good songs improve with age and Mélisande [électrotrad] took great pleasure in cooking up these reinterpretations of great vintage songs. Mélisande and her partner ‘Moulin’ gathered an amazing team of collaborators to give these songs new life.

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Brent Parlane

Tickets from $23 +bf
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    Allocated Seating $35 +bf
  • Standing Room $23 +bf
  • At the Door $25
Doors Open:
Mélisande [Électrotrad] (CAN): 4.30pm
Brent Parlane: 3.30pm
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