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Sophie & Fiachra (duo)

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Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it  in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound.

Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie, the uilleann piping and Banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan from Ireland. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.

“This is Irish Music with a Quebecois Twist at it’s very, very best” said Mike Harding. This is no surprise given Sophie & Fiachra’s track record with delighted audiences throughout the world – and their deep love for, and intimacy with their respective musical traditions.


Sophie & Fiachra Trio

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The Sophie & Fiachra Trio are a group of “musiciens sans frontières who refuse to let the Atlantic sunder their love of their own and one another’s Irish and Québecois musical traditions”.

Comprising of Irish uilleann piper Fiachra O’Regan, Québec fiddler/singer Sophie Lavoie, and guitarist André Marchand, the trio take traditional Irish and Québécois traditional music, blended with Lavoie’s “lithe and masterful” compositions. Their choice of songs will “captivate the most casual listener”

“It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse”
Quotes from Siobhán Long, of The Irish Times


sophieSophie Lavoie, from Lac-St-Jean in Québec. She first was introduced to the world of music when learning the classical piano at a young age. Then she became interested in the traditional music of Québec. She started to learn the fiddle by listening to legendary fiddlers from her region such as Louis Pitou Boudreault. In 2004, she completed studies in classical music with a bachelor degree in Piano in the University of Montreal. She created with two other musicians the successful band “L’attisée” who play traditional music from Quebec. From 2005 to 2008, Sophie performed with L’Attisée all over Québec and in Ireland, and record the eponymous album L’Attisée , which was nominated as Album Traditional of The Year at ADISQ 2011. In 2008, she met the Irish piper Fiachra O’Regan and started with him this new duo Sophie & Fiachra. Together, they produced the albums Sophie & Fiachra in 2010, Rewind in 2014, and Un Canadien errant in 2016. Sophie is currently researching on the fiddle style of her native region Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean for a project funded by CALQ, and composing traditional music and songs as part of a project funded by the Canadian Art Council.


 

fiachraFiachra O‘Regan, from Connemara, on the West Coast of Ireland, plays Irish music on the Uilleann Pipes and Whistle, He is a senior All Ireland Champoin on both these intruments. Fiachra has performed in Canada, Australia and Europe, and has on played stage along with artists such as The Chieftains, Paddy Keenan (bothy band) and Seán Cannon (Dubliners). He is also saught after as a teacher in private lessons and at festivals. He has appeared on many albums as a guest and In 2008 he recorded Aisling Gheal, his first solo album (buy). More info can be found on his website:www.fiachrapipes.com.

 

 


 

p1110039Figure de proue de la scène Trad du Québec, la carrière d’André est jalonnée de projets artistiques qui ont marqué l’histoire de la musique traditionnelle des 40 dernières années. Guitariste, chanteur et compositeur, il débute comme cofondateur de La Bottine Souriante. De 1976 à 1990, il parcourt le Québec, l’Acadie, le Canada, les États-Unis ainsi que plusieurs pays d’Europe et participe à l’enregistrement des six premiers disques de La Bottine.

De 1990 à 2009, il devient ingénieur du son et réalisateur. Il contribue à la naissance de près de 200 projets, donnant ainsi la voix à plusieurs artistes émergents et à d’autres biens connus, concourant activement à l’éclosion du milieu. Durant cette période, il collabore au trio Marchand-Miron-Ornstein qui enregistre Le Bruit Court dans la Ville en 1996 lequel s’attire les éloges du milieu. Il s’associe aussi avec le multi-instrumentiste Gray Larsen avec lequel il parcourt intensivement les États-Unis. Ils enregistrent The Orange Tree en 1993 et Les Marionnettes en 2004.

En 1993 naissent Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer, quintette vocal a capella qui produit un coup de grisou sur la scène québécoise. Le groupe produit six albums dont trois se méritent des prix Félix au Québec. Ils font une tournée et un disque La sacrée rencontre avec le grand poète national Gilles Vigneault.

Chanteur à la voix grave, chaude et bien posée, André est un personnage attachant à l’esprit vif et à l’humour débordant. Son style unique d’accompagnement à la guitare, tout en nuance et en finesse, influence plusieurs générations de guitaristes évoluant aujourd’hui dans le milieu Trad québécois.