img004Welcome to my blog about traditional music, with more than a slight (and unapologetic!) leaning towards the music of French Canada!

Traditional music is addictive. It’s timeless, dance-able and once you start playing tunes yourself, you never want to stop. But traditional music would be relegated to dusty archives if it wasn’t for the contemporary players of each generation who bring new musical elements and new compositions. This blog is to honour these tradition bearers, and to bring them to your attention.

Et c’est parti …Enjoy the ride!


Trad Chat Updates

  • Adam Sutherland fiddle
    Music Podcasts That Tell a Story
    Overnight success… does it actually exist? Usually it’s anything but. There’s an element of mystique to an artist’s extraordinary talent and on-stage charisma,...
  • Introducing... contradance!
    Introducing… contradance!
    “What I love about social dance is seeing a roomful of people in sync, the dancers and the musicians. There’s just nothing better,...
  • Le Vent du Nord
    Le Vent du Nord
    If you’ve ever wanted to learn the secret Brunet Family recipe for le pouding chômeur (Poor Man’s Pudding), here’s your chance! Brothers André...
  • David Boulanger
    David Boulanger
      At around 16 years old… I was listening to a CD at a music store… that is the moment where I felt...
  • Simon Marion
    Simon Marion
    Multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, multi-award winner, new father and … pilot!   It’s a great pleasure to introduce our first guest artist for the...
  • Les Frères Bélanger / The Belanger Brothers.
    Les Frères Bélanger / The Belanger Brothers.
    Having a brother who shares your taste in music is fortunate. And having a brother to actually make that music with is even...
  • Catherine Planet and La Chasse-Balcon
    Catherine Planet and La Chasse-Balcon
    Pride in our traditional music compels us to “go out on the balcony”,… a place where you have to accept being seen, where...
  • Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme
    Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme
    Melbourne is in the grip of Spring Fever. The return of warm weather – far too slowly this year! – the Aussie Rules...
  • Mario Loiselle
    Mario Loiselle
    Folklore survives when it’s multi-generational. Folklore dies when it ignores the young. And it’s impossible to have a living tradition without the presence...
  • Guillaume Morin
    Guillaume Morin
    A photograph that can capture the energy, emotion and personality of a musician is a work of art as great as the music...

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