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August 2012 Archives

Cinq à Six in the Summer -- August 18, 2012

sabeau_02_16x9_620x350.jpgFirst up on the show, Isabeau et le chercheurs d'or

Isabeau et les chercheurs d'or are a folk-country band from Quebec City. With their vocal harmonies and sounds of the mandolin and the violin, their original music speaks of travel, romance and daily life. 

Lead singer Isabeau Valois has an honest and versatile voice that is raw and very touching. 

This is a hot young band, amazing on stage, and it reflects a popular new sound in Quebec music.

In May, A Propos host Jim Corcoran brought together Persian musicians and singers, a scholar of la chanson française, and three very different singer songwriters for a unique evening of original music. 

The concert featured Martin Léon, Patrice Michaud, Betty Bonifassi, Audrey Emery, Azam Ali, Kiya and Ziya Tabassian, on stage at L'Astral Theatre in Montreal. 

Cinq à Six in the Summer -- August 11, 2012

Today on the show we feature a double bill of Juno nominees, live at Le Petit Campus. 

First up, Whitehorse

Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland have toured and recorded together extensively over the last six years. The newly released self-titled CD introduces Whitehorse as a band, as an entity and as a musical marriage.

In this CBC Radio 2 recording at Le Petit Campus in Montreal, Whitehorse brings in loops, keyboard samples and a video projection that clearly makes an impression on the crowd.

And in the second part of the show Frazey Ford.  

After 10 years with the Be Good Tanyas, Frazy Ford has struck out alone on a solo career. 

While her songs explore familiar territory, she adds a personal stamp to each lyric. In the song Hey Little Mama, Ford reflects on her own new motherhood.

Her debut CD, Obadiah, was released to much acclaim and forms the set list for this concert at Le Petit Campus in Montreal. Be Good Tanya alumnus Trish Klein provides solid support on the mandolin and vocals.

Cinq à Six in the Summer -- August 4, 2012

Today on the show, we feature emerging talent from Montreal. 

First up, Mike Evin and the Darlington String Quartet, live at the Segal Centre. 

And in the second part of the show,  D'Harmo -- a Montreal collective featuring the harmonica quartet D'Harmo -- Jason Rosenblatt, Pascal "Per" Veillette, Samuël Caron and Lévy Bourbonnais -- as well as multi-talented percussionist Moïse Yawo Matey and versatile vocalist Sabah Lachgar.

Inspired by such musical genres as klezmer, Québécois folk, jazz and classical, D'Harmo Monde is at once contemporary and eclectic. 

Their music is a fusion of West African, Arab, Spanish, Jewish and Québécois cultures that showcases the astonishing and unexpected sounds of the harmonica.