Le Vent du Nord
Canadians Le Vent Du Nord played here in 2012 and took the people’s vote for the festival’s best performance, so it’s with great anticipation that we welcome them back. They are considered a driving force in progressive folk, and acccording to their website “Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air” – what’s not to like?
Le Vent du Nord have won critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe and much of the world having performed well over 1,400 concerts since 2002, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
The band delivers distinctively catchy tracks with great instrumentation and wonderful vocals, some their own compositions, and some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire.
The group exhibits great finesse and flexibility, appearing regularly on Canadian, American, French, and UK television and radio, and participating in a wide variety of special musical projects. They’ve collaborated and performed with Harry Manx, Väsen, The Chieftains, Breton musical pioneer Yann-Fañch Kemener, Québecois roots legend and master storyteller Michel Faubert, hip Scottish folk band Breabach, and the trans-Mediterranean ensemble Constantinople.
Here they are playing Southwell’s main stage in 2012.
2017 Line up
The line-up so far:
Le Vent du Nord
The Changing Room (feat. Tanya Brittain & Sam Kelly)
The East Pointers
Attila the Stockbroker
The Ooks of Hazzard
Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
The Rubber Wellies
James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band
Alden Patterson & Dashwood
Idiot & Friend
Dana Immanuel & the Stolen Band
Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra
The Life & Times of the Brothers Hogg
Maniere Des Bohemiens
The Leen Valley Band
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