A musical epic
Progressive traditional music
Inspired by traditional music, human nature and the sheer
Bourrasque Celtique is renowned as one of the rare French
MARC BILODEAU mandolin
artistic director of the group, Marc has an insatiable love of traditional
music. His ardent exploration and journey into his vast repertoire has led him
to compose his own tunes. The on-stage presence of this colourful entertainer
overflows with an energy that is truly moving.
Deeply passionate, he encourages and supports traditional music projects. He is a member of the traditional band Lustukru and is the artistic director of the festival «Les Violons d’Automne» of Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. He is also a member of a Celtic-Indian duo: www.myspace.com/sundarietcorbo From 1996 - 2000 he was musician and president of the «Troupe du Vieux-Moulin ». He performed in many European festivals and represented the Quebecois folkloric association (AQLF) for his region.
RAPHAEL BILODEAU electric and acoustic guitars
Raphaël devotes the majority of his time to Bourrasque Celtique.
His particular style of accompaniment, influenced by his past experiences during his heavy-metal phase, lends new and innovative arrangements to traditional music that are truly his own Using his guitars either to accompany or to play the melody, with his unique command of special effects he can create stirring trance-like sound effects taking us from a hypnotic mood to a wild delirious beat.
Raphaël is an experienced sound technician. He also offers an account of his travels using multimedia backup (following his stay in Ireland and Scandinavia in 2001).
VINCENT LACROIX flutes / Gaïta (spanish bagpipe) / Voice
A Self-taught and versatile musician, Vincent has worked in the area of traditional music for many years now. The variety of his repertoire has nothing to equal it but his impressive talentto create music with just about anything that comes to hand. He is an active member of numerous musical projects andoffers a unique and remarkable solo performance: Vincent, The Medieval Orchestra Man. www.agenceflutin.com for more information.
DANIEL LACOMBE percussions
Daniel remembers clearly when he beat his first drum
and the passion and interest that grew from it. He makes it look easy but
his style of percussion honed from his experiences with different bands is
nothing of the sort. His incredible range of sounds is impressive and
especially suitable to jazz and improvisation.
Research of new sounds and teaching his art occupy a large part of his time. He gives courses at the International school of music in Montmagny where his workshop and conferences attract people of all ages.
ANDRÉANNE GALLICHAND vocals and clarinet
More than ever her artistic evolution brings her to
composing, writing and interpretation, using many art forms. At the heart of
Bourrasque Celtique she is singer, clarinettist, author and composer and
works on numerous musical arrangements. Andréanne studied clarinet at the
Conservatory of music of Quebec as well as at University Laval. She obtained
her BAC in musical education and specialised in choral direction. She also
followed courses in singing and dancing. Her on-stage presence unites all
the facets of her many talents and sends sparks ripplingthrough the
audience. Andréanne is a conductor of a choir since 1990. She is also the
founder and director of numerous innovative groups and projects of various
musical genres in the region of St Jean-Port-Joli.
PIERRE-DAVID GIRARD Bass
Born in Chicoutimi in the Saguenay, he gets his passion from his father who is a bass player.
From the age of thirteen he signs on for music options at school. Deeply motivated he played in as many groups as he could to develop his style and skills as a musician.
He studied bass for three years at Drummondville College with bass guitarist and contrabassist Guy Boisvert and went on to specialise in jazz interpretation.
He works by contract for numerous people and bands in the Drummondville area. His knowledge of many musical styles leads him to lend new, exciting sounds to the group,Bourrasque Celtique’s, compositions and arrangements.
Odéi Bilodeau Bergeron vocals
Last recruited member of the group, Odéi brings a totally
and originality to the vocal arrangements. After two years of study as
a classical singer at the Vincent-d’Indy school of music she went on
to get her diploma from the Conservatory of music in Montréal in
2010. She is presently continuing her studies with soprano singer
Donna Brown. There is no doubt that Odéi has a promising future
ahead of her as a singer.
Performances to their credit:
… fourteen years of performances and three albums later, this multi-generational group demonstrate professionalism and an unconditional love of the stage. They’ve performed hundreds of times in Québec, in the whole of eastern Canada, as well as at concerts for important gathering events such as:
- Ontario Council
of Folk Festivals,
21 May 2010, Yves BERTRAND
«They write songs to the ancient music of Québec, England and
Ireland. Even to reels, […]. After a few listens one is left feeling
energised by the experience.»
10 March 2010, Maurice GAGNON
«Bourrasque Celtique gave a wild performance […],
at the occasion of the launching of their new album
Sentier des Loups.»
Élizabeth Gagnon, Radio Canada,
«They are truly incredibly dynamic; energy flows out
of the very pores of their skin.»
Jocelyn Bérubé, Artiste conteur,
«A traditional group unlike all others, they are passionate
and outstanding on stage.»