De Temps Antan
The incredible De Temps Antan have captured the hearts of audiences across the globe with their stunning interpretations of time-honoured melodies from Quebec’s musical past. Driven by the stomping “tac-tic-a-tac” of “les pieds” (a type of clog), their rough-hewn sound is an utterly infectious mix of boundless energy and joie de vivre.
The group’s live shows are dosed with catchy honkytonk tunes, uncontrolled laughter, and sudden, impromptu shifts in rhythm and harmony – so expect the unexpected! Three powerful vocals combine to create joyous harmonies; several of De Temps Antan’s songs also feature close-up call-and-response vocals that date back to the work songs of Quebec’s lumber camps.
And did we mention the delightful fiddle of David Boulanger, the explosive accordion playing of Pierre-Luc Dupuis and the superb guitar accompaniment of Éric Beaudry?
The music may be acoustic, but the results are electric!
Éric Beaudry: voice, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki
David Boulanger: voice, fiddle
Pierre-Luc Dupuis: voice, accordion, harmonica, jaw’s harp
“World-class performers” – The Guardian
“De Temps Antan combine the best of new and old Quebec, highly recommended” – Folkworld
“They have enough power to drive a nuclear furnace” – Folkwords
“With their pedigree, you’d expect something a bit special from De Temps Antan – and they certainly deliver” – The Living Tradition
Published on 18 February 2019