The Old Queens Head | June 29th 2016
A monthly evening of the finest folk music live at the Old Queens Head in Islington
Les Poules à Colin & FLUX
Les Poules à Colin
“..the five have become seasoned players, with a new take on Québécois folk – recharging the music from within while at the same time bringing fresh elements from outside.” fRoots,
“Their own sound brought freshly inventive vitality to these deeply planted roots” The Scotsman, 2016
Taking their name from a traditional song, Les Poules à Colin are a new take on an age-old recipe: a dynamic and creative group turning heads wherever they go. Exposed to Québécois and other folk music from the moment they were born to musician parents, they soaked it all up: whether backstage at a festival or at a lively kitchen jam in Lanaudière, the heart of Quebec’s traditional music scene.
Despite their youth – they range in age from 20 to 26 – they have been a group for over seven years. All five have blossomed into intuitive performers whose trajectory began with winning awards such as Young Trad Vermont and Grand Prix Desjardins. They followed up their first recording, an EP titled Anabel by recording two albums, Hébertisme Nocturne (2011) and Ste-Waves (November 2014). Launched to rave reviews, the latest album charted in Quebec and was nominated for a FELIX (Québec) award.
The group’s sound is a seamless blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with some provocative and moody effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces, primarily in French but with some English compositions, and reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess. Their adaptations of traditional songs speak eloquently to their generation while retaining the beauty of timeless music. Fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass and foot percussion form a rich and varied backdrop for their inventive arrangements.
Building a reputation for captivating and energising live performances, FLUX have violin, bansuri, piano, and guitar at their core. With shades of Folk, Indie, Western and Indian Classical, their music is packed with intricate melodies and surging rhythms that take the listener on a cinematic journey.
Having performed in across the UK and Europe at notable venues and festivals, FLUX leave audiences in awe with their multi-instrumental talents and combined virtuosity. Their debut album ShadowLines (released 24.06.16) beautifully demonstrates the band’s powerful and expansive sound and delivers music that is energising, beautiful and emotive.
Violinist Preetha Narayanan, a virtuoso in her own right trained in both Western Classical and Indian Carnatic violin, effortlessly plays lead lines and harmonies with Shammi on bansuri. Shammi Pithia, an accomplished producer, whose Album COSMIC hit no.1 in the World Music Chart, has received praise from artists such as Nitin Sawhney and Talvin Singh. An experienced musical director and arranger, multi-instrumentalist Michael Goodey has worked with artists such as Plan B, and Kelly Le Roc. Suroj Sureshbabu, in high demand as a versatile session guitarist, has developed a unique percussive guitar style that drives the rhythm in FLUX live sets.