Taking their name from a traditional song, Les Poules à Colin were raised behind the scenes at folk festivals, learning their craft at kitchen parties amongst some of Quebec’s finest trad musicians – which included their parents – in a region famous for its living heritage.
Despite their young age (21-26), Les Poules à Colin have been playing together for nearly eight years and it shows in their sparkling complicity. The group has a strong stage presence and demonstrates a contagious pleasure in each and every performance, drawing the audience to them.
The group has already performed in major cities and small towns in Canada, the US, Europe, the UK and currently off to Australia, amassing a wealth of impressive experience in a short time.
Together they have won awards, from Young Tradition Vermont (2009) to the Grand Prix Desjardins (2010), their second album, Ste-Waves, was nominated for a Felix (ADISQ) in 2015, Quebec’s highest recording prize. This, their latest CD, was launched to rave reviews and charted in Québec, becoming a ”coup de coeur” in stores there; their first videoclip, Ti-Mé, has had almost 30,000 views to date.
The group’s sound is a seamless blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with some provocative and moody effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces, primarily in French but with some English compositions, and reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess. Their adaptations of traditional songs from Quebec, Brittany or Louisiana speak eloquently to their generation while retaining the beauty of timeless music. Fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass and foot percussion form a rich and varied backdrop for their inventive arrangements. Les Poules à Colin reveals a unique and modern perspective on traditional Quebec culture.
Les Poules à Colin are currently working on a new album to be released in 2017.
fRoots, 2013 (article): “[T]he five have become seasoned players, with a new take on Québécois folk – recharging the music from within while at the same time bringing fresh elements from outside”
Penguin Eggs, 2014 (2 pages): ”Their impeccable pedigrees suggest great possibilities. Their new disc is undeniable proof.”
Le Devoir, 2014: “This group is truly unique!”