Le Vent Du Nord have long been one of the most wildly rambunctious and phenomenal folk acts on the world stage. Having been together for over 17 years now the group have brought 10 albums into the world and played 1900 shows over four continents. Some of the hardest working men in folk, they are a group that never seem to rest for long. Just long enough to catch their breath for the next big endeavour. This April we saw the release of their latest monument to the Francophone Folk movement, Territoires.
Territoires is everything you could have dreamed of expecting from the group and so much more. It is a virulent, beautiful and perfectly balanced album that is wildly uplifting from the get-go. As inspirational as ever the group have filled Territoires with a collection of 13 rare treasures, each song more breath-taking and empowering than the last. Performing exclusively in French you could be excused for thinking that they run the risk of alienating those without the capacity of the language but that is one of the most impressive things about them; the inimitable and transmutable nature of their work is such that they can speak volumes without even uttering a word. Their music alone is more than adept and explaining their sentiment and when they bring their rich, vibrant harmonies into the mix as well then you are whisked away somewhere that words may as well not even reach you. Even if you don’t speak a word of French you can easily feel their passion and meaning resonating deep within your heart.
Territoires gives us a heady blend of jazz piano, hurdy gurdy, raucous fiddle tunes and so much more as the band come together as a force that could rival nature. The passion and skill they possess is something can only come with time and with a perfectly balanced friendship as their intuitive and playful melodies bounce from each member to another. The depth hidden within their music is almost unfathomable as they present big and boisterous melodies alongside sombre, almost haunting but luxurious harmonies with songs like Louisbourg. Their deep and resonant vocals are raw, powerful and absolutely soul-rending. When the five men come together in these moments you could swear that you could feel your very bones rattling within your body.
Le Vent Du Nord have done nothing over the last 17 years but produce masterpiece after masterpiece and Territoires is no different. It is a rich and vibrant collection of songs that are fuelled by an unbridled passion that carries their emotions in a direct line to your heart.
April Tour 2019
Thur 4. Union Chapel Compton Terrace, Islington, London N1 2XD
Tel: 020 7226 1686 Tickets £18.00 — Doors 7:00 p.m.
Fri 5. Mid Border Arts Market Hall & Assembly Rooms, Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, Wales LD8 2AD
Tel: 01544 267163 Tickets £12.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sat 6. Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (Music Room)
Tel: 0151 709 3789 Tickets £21.00 & £19.00 Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sun 7. The Stoller Hall Hunts Bank, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 1DA
Tel: 0333 130 0967 Tickets £20.00 — Doors 7:30
Tue 9. East Riding Theatre 10 Lord Roberts Rd, Beverley, Yorkshire HU17 9BE
Tel: 01482 874050 Tickets £17.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Wed 10. Djanogly Theatre Nottingham Lakeside Arts, University Park, Nottingham, E. Midlands NG7 2RD
Tel: 0115 846 7777 Tickets £18.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Thu 11. The Sage St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4661 Tickets £17.40 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Fri 12. Saltaire Live Victoria Hall, Victoria Rd, Saltaire, Shipley, W. Yorkshire BD18 3JS
Tel: 0113 245 5570 £18.00 — Doors 7:15 p.m.
Sat 13. Guildhall Arts Centre St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG31 6PZ
Tel: 01476 406158 Tickets £15.00 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
Sun 14. Hazlitt Theatre 36 Earl St, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1PP
Tel: 01622 758611 Tickets £15.50 — Doors 7:30 p.m.
More info at: www.leventdunord.com
Review by Joe Knipe