Thu, Jan 24, 2013.
Acadian trio Les Hay Babies were certainly one of the breakout acts of last year's East Coast Music Week in Moncton. The young trio impressed everyone with their harmonies, original songs and energy, combining old-time instruments with modern attitude. It's been a whirlwind year since, with a constant string of shows that has seen the group on the road through the Maritimes, Quebec, and an impressive three different tours in Europe.
Now the group is headed back overseas for a major tour, a full 13 different dates in France and Switzerland. The March sojourn will see them play the International Tourism Show in Paris, two nights in Geneva, and various festival and club dates. Before they hit the continent, there's still lots of Canadian activity, seeing them touch down in six different provinces in January and February.
The end of this month sees them in Quebec for live shows and an appearance on Radio-Canada. Then it's back home, where they'll be at St. Andrew's Winter Warmer Festival, on February 2nd. It's out to Winnipeg after that to record two TV shows, a quick stop-over in Quebec City for a show, and then an important round of showcases at the International Folk Alliance Conference in Toronto. Since they're headed back to the East, another stop in Montreal was possible, and that takes us to March 1 at the Empress in Moncton. PEI is province #5 on March 2nd, and finally the Canadian travels wrap up with more showcases, this time at the ECMA's in Halifax. It seemingly never ends for the group.
There's more news, and good stuff, too. So far, the group has only recorded an EP, Folio, and that has sold 2000 copies at shows and off their website. Now comes word of their proper debut. The band is working on it when not performing (!), and sessions are scheduled, with a release date planned for the end of the year. That is, of course, if they can ever take a break from the road.
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).