By Barde

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Barde (1977)

Along with the excellent works of Alan Stivell, this album effectively introduced celtic music in Quebec. It was the first LP where whistle, concertina and other instruments not normally found in Quebec could be heard. It is my belief that Barde really started the crave for celtic and mostly so Irish music. The Trowie Burn medley is brilliant.

"Angus Rankin"

The third part of the set on cut 9 is labeled "Angus Rankin". It’s a great reel and I was surprised to see that it wasn’t listed in the abc. The Reverend’s Tune Finder identified it as "Sandy MacIntyre’s Trip To Boston". Barde plays it here with the A and B parts reversed.

Check out Barde’s web site (link below), especially the review by Garnet Rogers and recent information about the availability of this album on iTunes and Amazon MP3.

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I was very pleased to see that Barde’s fine work on this tune was already in the database here. The singing on their version is so beautiful. Their work was such a fine amalgam of French-tradition or Acadian songs, such as Trois hommes noirs and A la claire fontaine, and Celtic instrumentation and melody. One of my favourite pieces is "Jenny’s Rambles," which to my mind reflects the life and death of someone, but that’s my own interpretation. I hope no one minds that I’m ‘rambling’ on not only the band as a whole but a bit on the other LP. A few years ago I saw Pierre Guérin, the band’s excellent guitarist, in the lobby of our arts centre; I don’t know how I recognised him since I’d only ever seen the band portraits on the covers of the LPs, but I did. 30 years later. He confirmed.

I agree but hadn’t thought of it that Barde may have been the start of the Celtic-lust in Canada and Quebec. I even prefer slightly some of their versions of songs to others’ versions, or at least find them equal. For e.g., "Kid on the Mountain" on *Images* (ih-MAHJs, not the English pronunciation), is very lively with the strong guitar lead-in and the perky tin whistle. Similarly I find Fanny Poer of the present discussion seminal in its sympathetic vocals.