• 41 Rosemount Ave • Ottawa, ON
Doors Open: 7:30PM
| Show Starts: 8:00PM
| All Ages
Event type: All Ages
We welcome back Genticorum to Old Sod Concerts after a 4 year hiatus following their sold-out performance here in 2018.
Firmly rooted in the soil of their native land, this energetic and original, traditional ‘power trio’ also incorporates the dynamism of today’s North American and European folk cultures in its music. Genticorum weave precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar and accordion accompaniment into a big and jubilant musical feast. Their distinctive sound, sense of humour and stage presence make them a supreme crowd pleaser.
Happy to be back again on the concert circuit, Genticorum, following the adage “rust never sleeps”, have been active during lockdowns putting out 4 EPs in late 2020 and hosting live weekly Facebook “jam sessions “ through April and May of 2021 as well as engaging in many online workshops.
Pascal Gemme is a leading light in Quebec’s traditional music scene. Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional tunes, Pascal is the fiddler and arranger of Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries. From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him. After graduating with a degree in composition and band arrangements at Montreal’s St Laurent College, he immersed himself in the traditional music around him, playing, collecting and recording music found all over Quebec.
Yann Falquet is a very active and creative acoustic guitar player on the Québécois music scene. He has developed a personal guitar style for Québecois folk music, inspired by the playing of accompanists from different cultures (Brittany, Scandinavia, Ireland, North America). His involvement in the province's traditional music scene has led Yann to perform on numerous recordings, and to tour regularly throughout Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia with Genticorum, The McDades, the Jean-François Bélanger Trio and with cellist Natalie Haas.
Nicholas Williams has developed a reputation as a versatile and sought-after musician in the traditional music scenes of Québec and New England. His rhythmic, yet nuanced, style of flute playing draws from Irish and Scottish traditions, as well as from his studies of classical North Indian music. Also an accomplished accordion and piano player, he has been a member of the band Crowfoot since 2005, plays with fiddler Laura Risk, and in the Alex Kehler/Nicholas Williams duo.
Listen to Genticorum:
“Their robust vocals & sheer energy are satisfying, but ultimately it’s the sense of playfulness married to a sonic richness - and those interesting original arrangements – that makes this ... such a devilish pleasure.” SONGLINES
“Their strong, expressive French vocals and lush harmonies add rich icing to an already sumptuous cake. Any fan of folk music must hear this supercharged trio at all costs.” Eric Thom – EXCLAIM
"…which is the beauty of Genticorum. Their joyous attack on any subject is transformed by their overall energy and style of playing. It’s feel-good music that transcends any lyric and the chance to see these merry wizards deliver the goods live is about as good as music gets." ROOTS MUSIC CANADA
“You'll rarely find music making that is so straightforward in intent and execution as the music these guys produce, and so uplifting in its quiet joy.” FLYING SHOES ROOTS MUSIC WEBZINE
“The flute, guitar and foot percussion weave around the fiddle and their ensemble playing possesses a synergetic, drive and delicacy, so that the songs aren't overwhelmed, but open. Total immersion is recommended.” SONGLINES MAGAZINE
Cutoff is Saturday, March 26, 2022 7:29 pm EST unless it sells out earlier.