Eric Haché – lead singer and guitarist
Stéphane Basque – percussionist
Denis Surette – guitarist
Théo Brideau – violinist
Sébastien Michaud – bassist
Since its inception in 2001, Acadian music group La Virée has made tens of thousands people dance! The band has toured all over Canada and has crossed the big pond many times to perform in France, where the quintet has an established fan club. La Virée’s East Coast Music sound has traditional Acadian, Irish and Scottish influences mixed with a little rock and a little blues. On-stage, the guys have been known to really get the crowds going with their lively and party music. La Virée comes from a French expression “Faire une virée” that means “a short friendly visit”, that is basically what they do when they go play in a festival or an event.
The band is releasing its third album, Bayous d’Acadie on June 19, 2012. The band’s joie-de-vivre and East Coast Music sound with melodies reminiscent of the Cajun country and the Celtic airs of Brittany are still very much present. The album will be on sale in Canada starting June 19 and in France on July 5.
Official launch events
There will be three official launches for Bayous d’Acadie. The first one will take place in Caraquet on Friday, June 22nd, from 5 to 7 PM at the Caraquet cultural centre (220, St-Pierre O. blvd). A release party show will take place in Moncton on Wednesday, June 27, at the Igloo Bar & Beverage Room (300, Elmwood Dr) starting at 9 PM (Admission: $5). The band will also release its album during the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, in Brittany, France, on Sunday, August 5, in the Pavillon de l’Acadie.
Long-time fans of La Virée will be happy to hear that the band has kept its joie-de-vivre in Bayous d’Acadie. “We are five guys who love to have fun and laugh together. The music of the East Coast has the peculiarity of being an upbeat music with a great tradition of storytelling. As Acadians, we have roughly the same influences, the same roots as the English-speaking folks.”
Friendship is another important theme on Bayous d’Acadie. The first radio single Levons nos verres pays tribute to friends and loved-ones lost over the years. The band collaborated with Breton bagpipe player Jean-Luc Guégan for the song. This collaboration is the result of many wonderful encounters La Virée has made over the years while participating in the Lorient Interceltic Festival, in Brittany. More Celtic influences can be heard in songs such as Cuckoo’s Nest / First Flight.
The nostalgic song Quand c’qu’on était moins vieux was written by Daniel Goguen with music by Denis Surette. Henri-Paul Bénard, from the Magdalen Islands group Suroît, plays the hurdy gurdy on the traditional-sounding La courte paille. The title-song as well Dance Crash (Grand Nuit Special)’s airs will bring the listener in the heart of Louisiana bayous. The album ends with the lively Père capucin a combination of a song written by Jean-Marie Brideau and a traditional Acadian text for which by Eric Haché wrote the music.
A strong team
For the first time, La Virée has worked with a producer. Eric Haché says the choice of François Emond was unanimous within the group: « François is an excellent musician, an honest man, with integrity and tremendous patience. He led the project in a masterly manner and helped us make the right decisions throughout the process. »
For the production of this album, the band collaborated with sound engineer Jean-Pascal Comeau and Marc Soucy at the mixing table. The musical direction and vocal arrangements are by Sébastien Michaud. The mastering is by Grey Market. The cover design and photos are by Patrice Benoit. The group also highlights the contribution of Steven Haché to the sound of La Virée over the years.
The album will be distributed by Distributions Plages in stores and on iTunes in Canada starting on June 19 (www.plages.net). Bayous d’Acadie will be distributed in Europe by Coop Breizh (www.coop-breizh.fr) in July 2012.
June 22 – Release party –Caraquet cultural centre, 5 à 7
June 27 – Release show – Moncton, NB (Igloo Bar & Beverage Room)
July 11 – Dieppe, NB – Mercredis Shows
July 14 – Mingan, Quebec
July 28 – Lamèque, NB’s Festival de la tourbe
August 3-12 – Lorient Interceltic Festival, France (Acadian Pavilion)
August 3 – Cotriades (Lorient Interceltic Festival, France)
August 5 – Album release event in the Acadian Pavilion in Lorient, France
August 6 – Part of the Grand spectacle de l’Acadie in Lorient
August 15 – Miramichi, NB, in the afternoon and Caraquet, NB, in the evening