Workshops/Festivals 2011

Workshops/Festivals 2011: (CA) BBC Radio 3: Mary Ann Kennedy "A visit to the Chants de Vielles Festival in Quebec" (Broadcase 11 Dec 2011)

Contributed by Admin on Dec 31, 2011

“Mary Ann Kennedy explores the rich folk traditions of Quebec at the annual Chants de Vielles Festival in the tiny village of Calixa La Vallée. Its main stage, set up in a barn, hosts a performance by star a cappella group Les Charbonniers d'Enfer; Les Chauffeurs a Pied play for a barn dance; and trio Serre l'Ecoute lead the audience in some rousing anti-English songs from the eighteenth century.

This is the first of two programmes from Quebec and Cape Breton, the first time World Routes has visited Canada. The Chants de Vielles Festival takes place in the local village showground, and one of the tasks of festvial volunteers is to clear the main barn of 'dirt' to prepare for the concerts. …”

Visit the BBC Radio 3 web pages where you can hear the hourlong programme broadcast. Also visit the “Chants de vieilles” website for more information of the festival.