World Music

Le Vent du Nord & Breabach

Théâtre Maisonneuve April 18, 2020

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In accordance with government directives, Place des Arts has suspended its activities until further notice. These measures have been put into effect due to circumstances relating to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic which are beyond our control. Consequently, Le Vent du Nord & Breabach show on April 18 has been cancelled. Ticket holders will be contacted by email about the procedures to be implemented.

After having toured together 10 years ago, Scottish band Breabach and Québécois group Le Vent du Nord are appearing on a double bill as part of the Printemps écossais.

Breabach continue to build their reputation of being at the forefront of the UK’s world and roots music scene with performances across the world throughout 2019 and with the release of their 6th album ‘Frenzy of the Meeting’. Their unique musicianship, combining twin bagpipes, fiddle, bass and guitar with Gaelic vocals and step dance has won them fans across the globe.

Le Vent du Nord is an outstanding ambassador of francophone culture, a driving force in Quebec’s progressive folk movement and a leading group in the province’s trad music revival. From stripped-down a cappella singing to sophisticated full-band arrangements, this quintet of singers and multi-instrumentalists takes the listener on a remarkable musical journey.

A double bill that promises to get your toes tapping!







Le Vent du Nord

These versatile folk virtuosos navigate the unusual time signatures typical of trad music (La mère à l’échafaud) with such ease that the untrained ear wouldn’t even notice anything out of the ordinary. Everything they do seems implausibly seamless and natural.


When you hear a tune by Le Vent du Nord, it’s instantly identifiable. You know it couldn’t be anyone else. They’ve found their own unique way to perform traditional music.

- Laurent Saulnier (Francos de Montréal) ARTV

A jubilant maelstrom of prodigiously bouncy dance-tunes... their sound’s scale and intricacy are fast evolving into new dimensions, manifest in some sets’ looser, boldly freewheeling arrangements, in lashings of red-blooded honky-tonk brio and in umpteen insouciant virtuoso flourishes, like one medley’s cheeky wee...



As polished as it was passionate, matching fiery intensity with exquisite finesse, this was a magnificent set.

- The Scotsman

This award-winning band is forging ahead into fresh pastures new with their forward-thinking musical attitude, which flies the proud banner for Gaeldom.

- FolkWales Magazine

…with Frenzy of the Meeting, Breabach have once again cemented their place at the forefront of Scottish traditional music with an album that is beautiful, exciting and filled with some much-needed optimism.

- The National

Breabach embarked on the journey from Astar to Frenzy of the Meeting with an open mind and a keen desire to explore, listeners who join them are sure to enjoy the results with an ever increasing sense of wonder.

- Folk Radio UK
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