The Earlville Opera House features the powerhouse French Celtic music of Genticorum on Saturday, June 29 at 8pm. If you are new to the Celtic music of Quebec, its joyous traditional Celtic Acadian reels and dances are characterized by strong, percussive foot-stomping and by “call and response” vocals. Genticorum takes the tradition and weaves precise and intricate fiddle and flute work, gorgeous vocal harmonies, energetic foot percussion and guitar and bass into a “big and jubilant musical feast.” Their performance is generously sponsored by Syracuse New Times.
The band has received accolades for their musicianship at the CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS in 2011 when they won both the “Traditional album of the year” and “Ensemble of the year”. They also received the CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARD for their CD “La Bibournoise” for “Traditional Album of the Year” in 2008!
In their interview with Peggy Latkovich in Roots World, she notes: “They can drive through a reel set like a tornado, swirling on an eddy of fiddle, flute, guitar, and foot percussion. And they have a warm way with waltzes and airs.” And you don’t need to be worried if you don’t speak French, because for English-speaking audiences they introduce the song “in a silly story,” says band member Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand.
Genticorum is touring in support of their May release, “Enregistre,” which translates in English “to put down” or “to record.” The band makes a habit of looking for delightful old tunes in their native Quebec as well as writing new tunes in the Quebecois tradition. “It comes from Irish and Scottish and music from France, “says Grobois-Garand, “There is a big so-called Celtic flair to it because there are a lot of Irish and Scottish reels that have become Quebecois reels. Sometimes the reels will change a bit, or the way of playing them. That mixed with the French song tradition and march band music from the United States and German polkas and waltzes. All that mixed together over a few centuries into what we refer to as Quebecois traditional music. Most of the bands, including us, will focus more on the party aspect of it. But we try also to play some laments and some waltzes because it’s not just fast reels and call-and-response drinking songs. There’s much more than that, so we try to give the diversity of the tradition.”
The Earlville Opera House presents the world-class ensemble Genticorum as an EOH Member Special Event! EOH Members are encouraged to bring up to two people who have never attended an EOH performance before to the show – your new guests to EOH will be free. Please call the EOH office to reserve tickets! If you are not a member, please join and take advantage of this special!
Don’t miss the award-winning Genticorum on Saturday, June 29th. General admission is $18 and $16 for EOH members and students are discounted to $13. Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café! Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks. For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY. 13332 (Use this zip for GPS as there is another Earlville in the Adirondacks)
EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.
* Folks who have enjoyed Le Vent du Nord at EOH will not want to miss this show!