Le Vent du Nord brings award-winning folk music

Juno Award-winning French-Canadian party band Le Vent du Nord (The Northern Wind) will bring its energetic brand of music to Fitzgibbon Recital Hall in the Lynn Center for Fine Arts, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 25.

Considered a driving force in progressive folk,  the French-Canadian quartet captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air.

The band, formed in 2002, performs traditional Québécois music (a style heavily influenced by Celtic music from both Ireland and Brittany), as well as original numbers in this style in French.

Members include Nicolas Boulerice (vocals, hurdy gurdy, piano accordion, piano), Olivier Demers (vocals, fiddle, foot-tapping and guitar), Simon Beaudry (vocals, guitar, Irish bouzouki) and Réjean Brunet (vocals, diatonic button accordion, acoustic bass guitar, piano and jaw harp).

Having performed more than 1,000 concerts, the band has racked up up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award and Artist of the Year  at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

In addition to their traditional repertoire, Le Vent du Nord exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participates in a wide variety of special musical projects. They have collaborated and performed with Harry Manx, Väsen, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, hip Scottish folk band Breabach and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.

The quartet’s concert is part of Arts Midwest World Fest and co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, 3M Foundation, MetLife Foundation, the Indiana Arts Commission and La Délégation du Québec at Chicago.

Tickets for Le Vent du Nord are $12 in advance, $15 at the door for adults; $12 for seniors (65+); and $5 for youth (high school and under).