Ad Vielle Que Pourra
Ad Vielle Que Pourra is a Quebec music group which performs original compositions in the style of the French, Québécois, and Breton folk music traditions. The band's name comes from the vielle (the French term for the hurdy-gurdy), an instrument which features prominently in their music.
Ad Vielle Que Pourra was founded in 1986. Band members have included Daniel Thonon, Luc Thonon, Gilles Plante, Alain Leroux, Clement Demers, and Sarah Lesage. Thonon is also a luthier, and builds hurdy-gurdies for other musicians.
In 1989 the band released their first album on the Green Linnet label, including 1989's New French Music, in which they use a variety of traditional instruments, including hurdy-gurdy, bombarde and accordion. In this and their subsequent album Come What May in 1991, they included songs created by setting traditional lyrics to new music.
In 1990 and 1991, the band performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and in 1993 they played at the Edmonton Folk Festival. In 1994 they released a third album, Musaïque.
In 1996 the band released the album, Ménage à Quatre through Green Linnet's sublabel Xenophile Records. The album was made up of new music in the traditional dance beats and styles from several countries. Instruments included bagpipe, clarinet, guitar, mandocello and fiddle.
As of 1999 the band continued to perform in Canada and the US.
- 1989 New French Folk Music
- 1991 Come What May
- 1994 Musaïque
- 1996 Ménage à Quatre
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