Ad Vielle Que Pourra

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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.[1] The band's name comes from the vielle (the French term for the hurdy-gurdy), an instrument which features prominently in their music.[2]


Ad Vielle Que Pourra was founded in 1986. Band members have included Daniel Thonon,[3] Luc Thonon, Gilles Plante, Alain Leroux, Clement Demers, and Sarah Lesage.[4] Thonon is also a luthier, and builds hurdy-gurdies for other musicians.[5]

In 1989 the band released their first album on the Green Linnet label,[6] including 1989's New French Music, in which they use a variety of traditional instruments, including hurdy-gurdy, bombarde and accordion.[7] In this and their subsequent album Come What May in 1991, they included songs created by setting traditional lyrics to new music.[4]

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.[5]

In 1996 the band released the album, Ménage à Quatre through Green Linnet's sublabel Xenophile Records.[1][6] 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.[8]

As of 1999 the band continued to perform in Canada and the US.[9]


  • 1989 New French Folk Music
  • 1991 Come What May
  • 1994 Musaïque[10]
  • 1996 Ménage à Quatre


  1. ^ a b Paul Verna (25 January 1997). Reviews & Previewswork=Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 59. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ Musician. Issues 135-140. Amordian Press. 1990. p. 111.
  3. ^ Bulletin de Musique Folklorique Canadienne. Volumes 33-34. Canadian Folk Music Society = Société canadienne de musique folklorique. 1999. pp. 43, 45.
  4. ^ a b "Ad Vielle Que Pourra - Come What May". Folk Roots, issue 103/104, 1992. by Andrew Cronshaw
  5. ^ a b "Folk band's material honed with creativity". Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Alberta, February 11, 1994, page: 39
  6. ^ a b "Ad Vielle Que Pourra". AllMusic, by John Bush
  7. ^ "New French Music". Allmusic, Review by Kurt Keefner
  8. ^ "AD VIELLE QUE POURRA Menage A Quatre". Living Tradition, Brian Peters
  9. ^ "Cajun to a Dead Crowd". Washington Post, By Mike Joyce November 8, 1999; Page C04
  10. ^ Cencrastus. Issues 44-50. Cencrastus. 1993.

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