Ad Vielle Que Pourra

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Ad Vielle Que Pourra
OriginQuebec, Canada
GenresFolk music, French Celtic music
Years active1986-2000
LabelsGreen Linnet Records, Xenophile Records
MembersDaniel Thonon
Luc Thonon
Gilles Plante
Alain Leroux
Clement Demers
Sarah Lesage

Ad Vielle Que Pourra was a Quebec-based music group which performed original compositions in the style of the French, Québécois, and Breton folk music traditions.[1] The band's name came 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 included Daniel Thonon,[3] Luc Thonon,[4] Gilles Plante, Alain Leroux, Clement Demers, and Sarah Lesage.[5]

In 1989 the band released their first album on the Green Linnet Records label,[6] including 1989's Ad Vielle Que Pourra, New French Folk Music,[7] in which they used a variety of traditional instruments, including hurdy-gurdy, Bombarde and accordion.[8] In this and their subsequent album Come What May (1991),[9] they included songs created by setting traditional lyrics to new music.[5]

In 1990 and 1991, the band performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and in 1993 at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. In 1994 they released a third album, Musaïque.[10][11]

In 1996, the band released the album Ménage à Quatre through Green Linnet's sub-label Xenophile Records.[12][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.[13][14]

Through 1999 the band continued to perform in Canada and the US.[15] They disbanded in 2000.


  • 1989 Ad Vielle Que Pourra, New French Folk Music
  • 1991 Come What May
  • 1994 Musaïque
  • 1996 Ménage à Quatre


  1. ^ a b Paul Verna (25 January 1997). "Reviews & Previewswork=Billboard". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. p. 59. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ Musician. Vol. Issues 135-140. Amordian Press. 1990. p. 111.
  3. ^ Bulletin de Musique Folklorique Canadienne. Vol. 33–34. Canadian Folk Music Society = Société canadienne de musique folklorique. 1999. pp. 43, 45.
  4. ^ "Luc Thonon Songs, Albums, Reviews, Bio & More". AllMusic.
  5. ^ a b "Ad Vielle Que Pourra - Come What May". Folk Roots, issue 103/104, 1992. by Andrew Cronshaw
  6. ^ a b "Ad Vielle Que Pourra". AllMusic, by John Bush
  7. ^ "Ad Vielle Que Pourra – Ad Vielle Que Pourra". Discogs. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  8. ^ "New French Music". Allmusic, Review by Kurt Keefner
  9. ^ "Ad Vielle Que Pourra – Come What May". Discogs. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  10. ^ "Ad Vielle Que Pourra – Musaïque". Discogs. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Folk band's material honed with creativity". Edmonton Journal, Edmonton, Alberta, February 11, 1994, page: 39
  12. ^ "Ad Vielle Que Pourra – Ménage À Quatre". Discogs. Retrieved 5 January 2022.
  13. ^ "AD VIELLE QUE POURRA Menage A Quatre". Living Tradition, Brian Peters
  14. ^ Cencrastus. Vol. Issues 44-50. Cencrastus. 1993.
  15. ^ "Cajun to a Dead Crowd". Washington Post, By Mike Joyce November 8, 1999; Page C04

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