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Friday, June 29, 2012

An Evening of Music

Québécois music is something I've never heard before. So I went in with no expectations when a friend of mine from work invited me to an open-air concert in the neighboring city of Lowell, Massachusetts.

Genticorum (pronounced Jean-tee-corum, Jean as in Jean-Luc Picard for you geeks) is a Quebecois band with three members:
1. Pascal Gemme - whose feet simply work magic to provide the beat the band plays to, plus his skill with the fiddle
2. Yann Falquet - who works wonders with the guitar and jaw-harp.
3. Alexandre - whose skills are aplenty with the bass, fiddle and wooden flute.

The trio do indeed shine on the stage with their music which, to me, sounded a lot like Irish folk music. In any case, it was an evening well worth the long drive to see the concert.

The videos below are from my cellphone (surprisingly they came out pretty well - both audio and video). Take a chance and listen, it's safe to assume you won't be disappointed.

We had an emergency storm warning earlier on during the day but it didn't deter us heading out here. The skies were pretty clear too. The band's name, by the way, means "Of The National Men" in Latin. The venue you see here is Lowell's National Historic Park which had all the old mills from centuries ago - some of which run to this day while the rest have been converted into different buildings.


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