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Genticorum

Academic journal article Notes

Genticorum

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Genticorum. La Bibournoise. Roues et Archets RA012, 2008.

The traditional tunes and songs of French Canada may still be a relatively well-kept secret as far as America's folk music scene is concerned, but it is becoming increasingly difficult to understand how this can continue to be the case. From the rollicking Quebecois rhythm and blues of La Bottine Souriante to the virtuosic neotraditionalism of Le Vent du Nord and Matapat, the world is being offered more and more opportunities to fall in love with the charmingly crooked rhythms, heartrendingly bittersweet melodies and lusty call-and-response songs of this region. Genticorum, led by fiddler and singer Pascal Gemme, takes a particularly bright and creative approach to this repertoire: both the tunes and the songs are a mixture of traditional material and original compositions, and at times even the traditional songs are tweaked and their lyrical content rearranged in order to create something new. The album's title track, for example, consists of the chorus from a well-known traditional song combined with some verses from another folk song and additional ones written by Gemme. …

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