Le Vent du Nord coming to Playhouse

HURDY-GURDY GOODNESS

AT ARCATA PLAYHOUSE Le Vent du Nord performs Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Arcata Playhouse. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Submitted photo

AT ARCATA PLAYHOUSE Le Vent du Nord performs Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Arcata Playhouse. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. Submitted photo

ARCATA – The award-winning and highly acclaimed band Le Vent du Nord is a leading force in Quebec’s progressive francophone folk movement.

Out on their 20th anniversary international tour, the band will make a much anticipated stop at the Arcata Playhouse, 1251 Ninth St. in Arcata on Wednesday, Sept. 28. The show starts at 8 p.m.

It is a rare thing indeed to see them in such a small intimate venue as the Playhouse. The group’s vast repertoire draws from both traditional sources and original compositions, while enhancing it’s hard-driving soulful music (rooted in the Celtic diaspora) with a broad range of global influences.

The Boston Herald wrote of the band “Featuring button accordion, guitar and fiddle, the band’s sound is defined by the hurdy-gurdy, which adds an earthy, rough-hewn flavor to even the most buoyant dance tunes.”

Since its inception in August 2002, Le Vent du Nord has enjoyed meteoric success, performing well over 1,800 concerts over four continents and racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Félix at ADISQ, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

They’ve collaborated and performed with a diverse range of artists including: Harry Manx, Väsen, Dervish, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann- Fañch Kemener, Québécois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, the Scottish folk band Breabach, Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.

Le Vent du Nord look beyond the standard approaches to tradition in their collaborations and they’ve also created a symphonic concert that, according to Voir Montreal, “puts all traditional folk naysayers to shame.”

On stage these five friends create intense, joyful and dynamic live performances that expand the bounds of tradition in striking global directions. This is the modern sound of tradition, a music of the here and now. Don’t miss them in this limited west coast appearance.

Tickets are $20 general and $18 students, and Playhouse and Humboldt Folklife members and are available at Wildberries Marketplace or reserve at (707) 822-1575.