FOLK | TRAD | PERCUSSIVE DANCE
- New EP - Repaires
- Official selection - Folk Alliance International 2018
Bon Débarras was born from a chance encounter between 3 dynamic artists from the music, dance and poetry worlds. Drawing their inspiration from the rich traditions of French-speaking North America, the band was nominated for their self-titled début for an ADISQ award in the ‘Traditional music album of the year’ category; and again in 2013 for Errance, their second opus. Changes have occurred among the members, but the trio remains true to their roots, while exploring composition and music styles including folk, trad and slam… an American crossroads where tradition and modernity meet.
In the album 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.
The group Bon Débarras couldn’t wait to share with you a part of their creation work of the past months. Their brand new 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!
You need the heartfelt warmth of Dominic Desrochers, Jean-François Dumas and third and not least Véronique Plasse when they slow down their mad tempo for a tender love song or a foray into Innu traditions, touching upon some of Québec’s deepest roots. Guitar, banjo, fiddle, viola, harmonica, Jew’s harp, ukulele, are rhythmically supported by the cajon and podorythms. Bon Débarras’ music is not only an antioxidant for the soul, it will tickle your inner silence with a compelling energy calling for foot stomping and 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! "