Bon Débarras’ folk music is deeply rooted in the memory of French-speaking America. On their guitars, banjo, violin, washboard and harmonicas, and integrating foot percussion, jig and body percussion, the trio weaves musical atmospheres that transcend boundaries and ages.
Core members and co-founders of the trio, Jean-François Dumas and Dominic Desrochers, collaborated with Luzio Altobelli and his accordion for 10 years. Luzio passed his spot in the band on to Cédric Dind-Lavoie, on the double bass. To date, the band has given birth to two albums, both nominated for ADISQ awards (to be found on Bandcamp).
Bon Débarras has continued to evolve with the arrival of violinist Marie-Pierre Lecault. Since she joined the band one year ago, their repertoire has been revisited, rearranged, and above all inspired by the experience of this talented violinist. New voice, new instrument, and new arrangements: Bon Débarras is currently enjoying a richly creative atmosphere that will surely contribute to the new album.
Bon Débarras in concert in Villers-sur-Mer, France. July 2016. Credit: Rémi Giguère
Between the three accomplices, there’s never a shortage of ideas!
They have a dozen new pieces in the works, and they are busy on a bunch of instrumentals, in addition to their compositions on original lyrics. The female voice adds something really special to their harmonies. “The journey unfolds, as we continue to explore the rich diversity of the musical traditions of French North America (Cajun, Quebec traditional and contemporary, as well as American folk music). We aim to broaden our horizons using elements of urban music (rap), while conjuring up the deep roots of the First Nations. We won’t say much more at this time… But you can learn more as the project moves forward, by viewing and sharing the capsules on our Facebook page.”
After a ten-year period marked by collaborations, research, and performances, Bon Débarras is determined to produce an original album that also brings people together. Indeed, Cédric Dind-Lavoie will be back to play double bass, as well as being the musical director.
Rémi Giguère, the audio technician who rarely misses a performance by the band, will be at the sound board for the recording. As artistic director, Edgar Bori will bring his experience and keen point of view to the project. That wonderful family of friendship and talent that has grown over the last ten years around Bon Débarras wouldn’t be complete without Luzio Altobelli, joining in with his accordion.
Rémi and Bon Débarras in France. July 2016.
Luzio, Cédric, Jean-François and Dominic. Credit: Mario Faubert
AN ALBUM IN OUR IMAGE…
“We’re scheduled to enter the studio in November. And since we want to remain true to ourselves with this project, we’ll bring the whole team to the Studio du Chemin 4 in Joliette: soundwise, the current cradle of Quebec traditional music”.
Cédric has also thought of some string quartet arrangements on which the group Quatuor Trad, founded by Marie-Pierre and featuring Émilie Brûlé, Karine Lalonde and Sophie Coderre, could collaborate. No doubt, the family will grow with the contribution of new talents, expertise and experiences.
But wait – there’s only one question… What about the money?
Quatuor Trad : Sophie Coderre, Marie-Pierre Lecault, Émilie Brûlé and Karine Lalonde.
Credit: Julie Coderre