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From the U.S. to the U.K., from Canada to Australia, fans at folk festivals around the world have discovered Genticorum. Leaders of a new generation of Quebec traditional music groups, the three members of Genticorum bring an irrepressible joie de vivre to the hallmarks of the Quebec repertoire: non-stop dance rhythms, hearty call-and-response singing, traditional-style foot percussion, and intense and impassioned playing that leaves audiences in a frenzy. The band also performs original compositions so true to tradition that it's difficult to tell the difference between the old and the new.
The huge sound emanating from this trio features intricate fiddle and flute melodies, backed by guitar and electric bass and rich resonant vocals that blend in stirring three-part harmonies - and a humorous stage show that ties the music and the audience together.
The band was founded by musicians with an unparalleled passion for their musical heritage. Both Pascal Gemme and Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand were literally raised on traditional music. Alex grew up in the midst of living room jam sessions hosted by his father, traditional musician and Quebec culture promoter Gilles Garand. Pascal spent his childhood summers in Huntingdon, Quebec, where his grandfather was the village fiddler. Yann Falquet grew up playing guitar in rock bands but soon discovered traditional music and is now an in-demand rhythm player.
In the decade since their debut, Genticorum has been nominated for both Juno and Felix Awards, earned two Canadian Folk Music Awards, showcased at WOMEX and played the biggest music festivals in more than 18 countries - among them, Celtic Connections in Scotland, the National Folk Festival in Australia, Festival de Louisiane and Lotus Festival in the U.S., the Winnipeg Folk Festival and Celtic Colours in Canada, and the Cambridge and Sidmouth festivals in England. They've also performed for Radio-Canada, The British Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and earned five stars from Britain's The Independent. Recently they were guests on NPR's Prairie Home Companion for a musical cruise from Boston to Montreal.
Genticorum's profile has continued to grow ever since the 2008 release of their third album, La Bibournoise. Genticorum's latest release, Nagez Rameurs, is a thematic album about voyages; it has been called a Fantastic Voyage Of Rising Hemlines, Singing Oarsmen, and Happy Trappers. The title itself means "pull together, paddlers". It seems an appropriate focus for a band that travels the world as one of the leading ambassadors of Quebec traditional music.
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