De Temps Antan
Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honoured melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and other instruments, these three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music.
De Temps Antan is a super-group of Québécois folk music. Each member of De Temps Antan (French for From Times Long Ago) was a leader in the massive, multi-platinum Québec folk band La Bottine Souriante and have toured the world over on some the biggest stages. Now they’ve taken the energy they brought to arena performances and channeled this into a shockingly powerful trio. These musicians are virtuosic performers, and their interpretations of the music of Québec are as much informed by their world travels as by their fieldwork and family ties. Their music is explosive and they put out as much sound and energy as a much larger band. Their sound is anchored by the “tac-tic-a tac” of les pieds (a form of seated clogging found only in French Canada), the blazing fiddle of André Brunet, the brash accordion playing of Pierre-Luc Dupuis and the pristine voice and exquisite guitar accompaniment of Éric Beaudry.
Fiddler/vocalist André Brunet won the 2008 Canadian Grand Masters Fiddle Championship, the first time a Québécois musician has won this honor, and is the best fiddler of his generation. He appeared live during the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics Opening Games and toured for years as La Bottine Souriante’s fiddling star. His impact on French-Canadian fiddling is huge.
Pierre-Luc Dupuis fronted the La Bottine Souriante after the departure of Yves Lambert. These were big shoes to fill, but Pierre-Luc’s rowdy songs and raging accordion playing brought La Bottine around the world. His rich voice brings time-worn Québécois chansons à réponse (call-and-response songs) to a new level.
Éric Beaudry is a dedicated fieldworker who has traveled throughout Québec collecting songs and tunes. He’s currently leading La Bottine Souriante with his close friend Benoît Bourque, and splitting his time touring the world with La Bottine and lighting up stages with his subtle, emotional singing and richly layered guitar work in De Temps Antan.