Volée d'Castors is a group of six musicians with a dynamic and
contemporary world sound. They travel the world with violins, accordeons,
guitars, mandolins, banjos, bass, piano and podorythmia, bringing the
young and not so young to their feet, singing and dancing to their irresistible
d'Castors signed on in 1999 with the distributor Musicor and Productions
Cur de Lion (canadian market only), a big family that includes
artists Hélène Ségara, Elmut Lutti et Emma Shapplin.
The groupe also brought in Productions Serge Paré, well-known
for its role in the international success of La Bottine Souriante, to
coordinate its shows.
has three albums, two video-clips, a web site (www.vdc.qc.ca) and has
given close to 450 performances in Québec, Canada, the US and
Over 21 000 copies of their three albums, Galant (1994), Par monts et
par vaux (1998) and VDC (2000) have been sold to date.
of the Grand Prix du Patrimoine 1999-2000 and nominated in the catégory
Best roots and Traditional album ? Group at Canada's prestigious Juno
Awards in 2001, and also at the famous ADISQ Award ? Best Traditional
Album, La Volée d'Castors was invited to participate in Womex
2001 in Rotterdam, Netherlands, the leading market for world music.
d'Castors is blasting off once again in 2001 for sites across Canada,
the United States, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and
Volée d'Castors: a dynamite group you won't want to miss!
Nicolas has been interested in traditional music for a very long time.
As a member of the Les Petits Pas Jacadiens dance troop, Nicolas plays
guitar and mandolin, as well as providing the vocals for many of the
songs. The mandolin allows him to create works that emanate from his
soul, musically as well as vocally. Nicolas can be considered the band
leader, as he is the main spokesman for the La Volée d'Castors
Frédéric is the band's rookie. In addition to his membership
with La Volée d'Castors, he remains part of the Petits Pas Jacadiens,
which would explain why he was elected responsible for the steps...
Frédéric plays the diatonic accordian, the harmonica and
the snare drum.
Réjean is a multi-talented musician, mastering the electric bass,
bass, piano and accordian. His profound musical knowleadge provides
him with all the necessary tools to support the soloists in exquisite
harmony. Originating from a family of musicians, Réjean's musical
repertory is practically unlimited.
Mathieu is the violinist for the group and plays an active part with
regards to musical arrangements, as well. He has been playing since
the tender age of five, when he was also a member of the Orchestre symphonique
des jeunes de Lanaudière. Prior to joining La Volée d'Castors,
he was a member of a band called Bonhomme Sept Heures.
Martin is the eldest of the group. He was also a member of the Petits
Pas Jacadiens. He plays, as does Frédéric, the diatonic
accordian. Martin provides the rhythm for the band on an Irish drum
commonly known as a 'Bodhran'. As well as researching songs, he works
on the musical arrangements.
As a long-time member of the Petits Pas Jacadiens, Sébastien
taught folk dancing for a few years. His musical roots are extremely
varied, which awards him an important position with regards to the musical
arrangements - an excellent compliment to his very beautiful voice.
Sébastien has composed some of the original tracks on which he
plays guitar and banjo, which he recently added to the long list of
instrumental he has mastered. Once in a while he will put them aside
and opt for playing bass on a song or two.
Volée D'Castors is one of the most impressive Quebec folk bands
to emerge to recent years. VDC, the band's third album, shows the band
has not only a good grounding in the tradition, but also an imaginative
flair for innovation. Basing the CD or. Songs the members picked up
from such impeccable sources as Gaston Lepage and Benoit Themen, they
add traditional and new instrumentals and wrap everything in vibrant,
Steve WinicK (Philadelphia, PA)
VDC ". Label : Cur de lion
Distribution Musicor (CDLCD-1979) taken out in 2000
Par monts et par vaux ". Label : Cur de lion
Distribution Musicor (COLCD-1955) taken out in 1999
Galante ". Distribution : La Volée d'Castors taken out in
1994 - Remixed and republished in 2001.
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