Folk Alley Sessions at FestiTrad: André Marchand and Grey Larsen
André Marchand is one of the leading figures in Quebec’s trad scene. He began his musical career as a cofounder of La Bottine Souriante, the group most responsible for kickstarting Quebec’s folk music revival. As a guitarist, he basically defined how to accompany Québécois music, drawing inspiration from Montréal jazz, American folk, and Irish guitar. His melodious vocals, inventive guitar accompaniment, imaginative compositions, atomic-clock foot percussion, and wonderful sense of humor make him an irresistible stage presence.
Grey Larsen is a versatile and highly accomplished musician and an author of books on Irish music. Though he has explored many musical paths since the 1970s, he now focuses mainly on three: Irish flute and tin whistle – he is a highly accomplished player and an acclaimed author; concert performances with Cindy Kallet playing intimate traditional and contemporary folk music and song; and mastering, with a specialty in acoustic-based music.
André Marchand, Grey Larsen, and Cindy Kallet joined Folk Alley at the 2017 FestiTrad festival in the City of Saint-Gabriel in Québec for exclusive performances of material originally recorded on their albums as a duo, ‘The Orange Tree’ (1993) and ‘Les Marionnettes’ (2004) – captured and produced by our partners at Beehive Productions.