Les Poules à Colin – becoming Rosier
22 July 2019
same band – new name
Dig up Québec’s deep, dark roots, add electrifying energy and beguiling modesty = mind-blowing trad-folk groove.
Rosier have been playing together for over ten years under their initial name Les Poules à Colin which was taken from a line in a traditional song. Band members 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.
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, Australia and Africa, amassing a wealth of impressive experience in a short time.
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, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass and foot percussion form a rich and varied backdrop for their inventive arrangements. Les Poules à Colin reveal a unique and modern perspective on traditional Québec culture.
In 2017, they did a 9 week tour of Australia, a 35-date tour including important festivals such as Port Fairy Folk Fest, Blue Mountains Music Fest, The National Folk Fest, Fairbridge Folk Fest and many more. They also toured in Sweden, USA, Canada, Italy, Belgium, UK and Abidjan in Cote d’Ivoire (Africa) where they participated as part of Team Canada at the Jeux de la Francophonie. Recently they signed with the German Label Steeplejack Music and the USA Agency Lost Buffalo Artists.
Note the full change to Rosier will take some time and 2019 UK gigs booked as Les Poules à Colin will remain billed as such.
Sarah Marchand-Lebossé (piano, lead vocals)
Béatrix Méthé (fiddle, lead vocals)
Éléonore Pitre (guitars, vocals)
Colin Savoie-Levac (mandolin, banjo, lapsteel, foot taping vocals)
Marie Savoie-Levac (electric bass, vocals)
The group also travels with a soundperson.
Celtic Connections & BBC, Glasgow (UK); Les Jeux de la Francophonie (Abidjan, CI); Festival International, Lafayette, Louisianne (USA); Port Fairy Folk Fest (AU), The National Fest (AU), Blue Mountains Fest (AU), Fairbridge Fest (AU), Edinburgh Fringe Fest (UK), Dranouter Folk Fest (BE); Les Francofolies de Montréal (QC), Institut Culturel Français, Palermo, (IT); Festival en Chanson de Petite-Vallee (QC), Festival of Small Halls (ON), Festival de Chanson Tadoussac (QC), POP Montreal (QC), Winnipeg Folk Fest (MB), Festival Mémoire et Racines (QC), New World Festival (VT), Vancouver Island Music Fest (BC) Vancouver Folk Festival (BC) Mission Bretonne Paris (FR), Alkantara Fest (IT); The Old Queen’s Head London (UK), Ottawa Jazz Festival (ON)
UK festivals Summer 2019 - please get in touch to discuss possible dates