FOLK | TRAD | PERCUSSIVE DANCE
- New Album - Repères
- « Prix Beau Dommage/RNC Media - Complicité créatrice » - Gala SPACQ (Société professionnelle des auteurs et des compositeurs du Québec)
- Official selection - Folk Alliance International 2018
Bon Débarras unites the worlds of music, dance and poetry through a collaboration between Montreal artists Dominic Desrochers, Jean-François Dumas and Véronique Plasse. Over the years, Bon Débarras moved boldly into an entirely original repertoire steeped in poetry and rhythmic sounds, with unambiguous Quebec flavors. On guitar, banjo, violin and harmonica, the group carries an identity, a style and an energy-filled zest for life quite unique and beautifully served by the versatility of the musicians as well as their daring jigging and vivid body percussion. Bon Débarras’ energy taps into the rhythms of today and ventures boldly on the multi-faceted road to tomorrow’s dreams, in an atmosphere that transcends boundaries and ages.
In the last 2019 album Repères, and also with En panne de silence in 2017, Bon Débarras moves boldly into a repertoire that is almost entirely original, steeped in poetry and rhythmic urban sounds – and even a touch of Aboriginal influence. More innovative than ever, the trio remains true to the rhythms of French-speaking America with those unambiguous Quebec flavors supported by a newcomer – the fiddle. And that’s how, over the years, this warm-hearted band has been able to carry on an identity, a style and an energy-filled zest for life quite unique and beautifully served by the versatility of the musicians as well as their daring jigging and vivid body percussion.
Bon Débarras drew the attention of European presenters in 2014 after receiving the Lynda Lemay Award at the Festival de la chanson de Granby. The group performed some twenty concerts in France on their 2016 Granby-Europe tour. Since its birth, the band has played throughout Canada, the United States, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom as well as making regular appearances in France.
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!
The trio resolutely highlights songs and lyrics – poetic, traditional in its inspiration, or a place where slam meets other forms of definitely urban rhythmic poetry. That’s one of the band’s trademarks associated to their very physical musical atmosphere."
Still faithful to the rhythms of French-speaking North America and well rooted in the Québec folk trad repertoire, Bon Débarras trio has succeeded over the years in imposing their close to unique style and identity, with their energy beautifully served by the jig and the percussive dancing."
Le Pays d'Auge
Moving from inspired and dazzling original pieces whose energy is contagious to more mellow and poetic, even melancholic ones, Bon Débarras found the right pace for En panne de silence. A sense of lightness and free spirit exudes from this album, with its lively songs and beats made for foot stomping – an authentic call to dance! "