The set kind of went from the most traditional, a mixture of traditional and contemporary to most contemporary. It was lovely because I hadn’t found a seat at 12:45 p.m. in the Shady Grove but unexpectedly came back to the stage and there were so few people in it. I had sun in my face the entire time in the not so Shady Grove but it was the brightest part of the day. It was my favorite show on Saturday because the French-Canadians have so much fun performing and I had a great seat.
De Temps Antan play traditional songs, welcoming the other artists to join their songs but not many jumped in. I noticed French-Canadian fiddle players always have great leather shoes, because they do a drumming beat with their shoes that is killer. It’s called Podorythmie. The trio with a fiddle, guitar and multi instrument, mostly traditional accordion player made a lot of noise and it had the taste of sitting in on a big family party.
Yves Lambert Trio, he started a song off saying “Je deteste les Conservateurs” and the small crowd agreed. In that song, he played a conch shell, what looked like a ring of mussel shells, a bead roller, singing “mon ami tu ne pas penser.” He was trying to remind people that the natural man hates city-centric views. That politicians who only focus on the economy at all costs, are overlooking the common people. It’s the song of a great musician, someone who has mastered his craft over a long career. He wrenches away at his traditional accordion and makes all kinds of eerie sounds that I don’t think a Moog can replicate. Then he did an Irish Medley song.
Sarah And Christian Dugas played their own songs, Notre Amour, a French pop song and then Christian sang and played guitar on a cover of Jacques Lussiers, Mexico (from the Thank You, Merci album). They ended the set with a traditional song and everyone on stage joined in. Also some Cajun music. I wish I could understand French a little better. And how to grow a beard like Christian. The Dugas hav more of a scope about the current cultural scene, so they were great hosts. They have an amazing career right now especially in the US and are respected by bands like the Zac Brown Band. They are a really exciting band, producing some great songs and are combining parts of a number of genres because they can pretty much play anything. And a Dugas review would be remiss without mentioning Sarah Dugas’ singing pipes. Yves talked about the 80’s, back when he was playing with musical greats and he’s an amazing leader to the French-Canadian scene. De Temps Antan are plain fun.