This new Bon Débarras album highlights the reference points and core values that the band has relied on for its creative process since its beginnings. Identity bearings, geographical markers, linguistic and cultural reference points – these are “repères” in French. But most of all, encounters and discoveries leading to lyrics (Joséphine Bacon, Gaston Miron, Simon Gauthier, Gilles Vigneault) and musical collaborations (Michel Faubert, Philippe Leblanc, Robin Leblanc, Cédric Dind-Lavoie). The trio relies also on various inner hideouts, dens or “repaires”, multifaceted references forged through encounters, travels and life experiences. Their repères – milestones and markers – anchor solidly the band’s music in Quebec traditions while giving it a touch of the world around the corner. From their repaires – hideaways, havens of refuge –, they come out with a renewed energy irresistibly calling for dancing!
Dominic Desrochers : vocals, guitar, ukulele, jig, body percussion
Jean-François Dumas : vocals, banjo, guitar, mandolin, podorythmie, harmonica, jaw’s harp, body percussion
Véronique Plasse : vocals, violin, glockenspiel, body percussion
Invités : Edgar Bori, Joséphine Bacon and Simon Gauthier (vocals), Cédric Dind-Lavoie (double bass), Luzio
Altobelli, Réal Desrochers and Yves Lambert (accordion), Mélanie Cloutier, Mathieu Gallant, Marie-Pierre Lecault and Gabrielle Létourneau (violin), André Daneau (harmonica)
The digital minialbum “Repaires” is a prelude to a full album to be released in Septembre 2020. The project will highlight the reference points, cues, landmarks, core values - which are called “repères” in French - that Bon Débarras has relied on for its creative process since its beginnings as a band. Identity bearings, geographical markers, linguistic and cultural reference points, yes – but they rely also on various inner hideouts, dens or “repaires”, multifaceted references forged through encounters, travels and life experiences. Their repères – milestones and markers – anchor solidly the band’s music in Quebec traditions while giving it a touch of the world around the corner. From their repaires – hideaways, havens of refuge –, they come out with a renewed energy irresistibly calling for dancing!
With this set of original compositions, Bon Débarras goes on keeping alive the rich traditions of French-speaking America. Lyrics and melodies definitely attuned to Québec flavours have been enriched by the arrival of the violin. Energy-filled accents of podorythmie, stepdancing and body percussion punctuate this new opus also infused with urban beats and strong roots of First Nations.
Spinning tunes, singing stories, telling tales through dance in an atmosphere of vocal and human harmony, Bon Débarras offers En panne de silence, a ‘family’ album directed by Cédric Dind-Lavoie, former member and author of a number of the new pieces. The presence of Luzio Altobelli’s accordion and that of the Quatuor Trad make the experience even mellower, although this collection of songs burns with a contagious energy, extending an invitation never to surrender to silence!
Pushing even more the boundaries of “folk-trad”, Bon Débarras is back with a second album entitled Errance (Wandering) – an inspired collection of original compositions and more. More inventive than ever, these three multi-instrumentalists venture off the beaten path. Still reaching deep into their roots, the group draws its inspiration from an Americanness flavored with Cajun, rock, blues, rap and country music undertones. The result is a singular musical endeavour where jaw’s harp, ukulele, banjo, guitar, double bass, tres, kora, harmonica, accordion, cajón and washboard all coexist in perfect harmony.
Nominated for an ADISQ award in 2009, Bon Débarras’ first record is a rich cocktail of traditional songs as well as individual and collective creations involving all three members. This nurtured and polished musical project explores oral traditions from here and abroad. Through clever combinations and a merry intermingling, yesterday’s stories echo those of today. Since each musician plays several instruments, the band draws from many different styles and ventures into the memory of French America.