Entourloupe is an exciting journey through the world of traditional Québécois music and song. It is about having a good time in a warm atmosphere where simplicity is king and good cheer prevails. Entourloupe combines the considerable and varied talents of its members to create music that is refreshing, yet mindful of tradition Éric Favreau, Paul Marchand, Claude Méthé and Stéphane Landry invite you to share the wonderful songs and music of their homeland with live performances are an invitation into the heart of a tradition filled with history, emotions and celebration. Entourloupe has developed a unique understanding of a world where myth and truth overlap enticingly. Here's what Michel Bordeleau of La Bottine Souriante has to say about the group : Our elders exert a powerful influence on our psyche as traditions and collective memories travel through time. These traditions slowly evolve from generation to generation. Musical transcriptions and archival documents may help transmit this past knowledge, but nothing equals the moment when tradition truly comes alive. Our spines tingle with excitement when we experience this in places where it is still happening today É What a pleasure! When I listen to Entourloupe, I feel as though I am being put in touch with my forefathers.
Paul Marchand (vocals, guitar, feet) Pauls clear, powerful voice and keen sense of rythm have led him to collaborate with many traditional musicians in France and Quebec. While lived in Brittany for two years, Paul developed a fondness for a style that reflects that of his native Quebec. He recorded and played with the group Manigance from 1988-1993 and was also a member of both the performing and recording casts for Angèle Arsenaults popular production Bonjour Madame Bolduc. As an accompanist and singer he is appreciated for his great sensivity.
Éric Favreau (fiddle, vocals) Éric Favreau comes from a family of traditional musicians and has spent a great deal of time getting together with other fiddlers, learning their repertoire and studying their varied styles. Over the years, he has garnered a profound understanding and vast knowledge of Québécois traditional music. In addition to his work with Entourloupe, he has a 1992 solo album and a 1999 release with fiddler Mario Landry to his credit. Éric not only plays for dances, but has accompanied Quebec dance groups in tours of England, Bulgaria, Poland and the United States. He teaches fiddling at the cégèp (college) de Joliette. His own playing is filled with delicacy, nuance and a liveliness will leave no foot untapped!
Claude Méthé (vocals, fiddle, mandolin) Born in Québec City, Claude Méthé has been a part of the traditional music world in Québec for more than twenty years. A self-taught fiddler, his style reflects the eighteen years he lived in the Lotbinière region of Québec. Claude is a former founding member of the legendary Rêve du Diable, 1983 winner of a Felix for best traditional album. Claude played with Joséphine (alongside Danielle Martineau), Québec group Manigance and Vermont groups Jeter le Pont and Dent-de-lion. He has played across Canada, in Europe and the U.S. and appears on at least twelve recordings, including the soundtrack of Oscar-winning film CRAC by Frédéric Back. Know for his warm, textured vocal style, Claudes impressive repertoire of traditional songs, collected over numerous years of musical partying, contains gems from across French Canada. A prolific composer and collector of fiddle tunes, Claude has also inherited the musical repertoire of Lotbinière violoneux Aimé Gagnon who was his mentor and close friend for some twenty years prior to his death in 1997.
Stéphane Landry (accordion) One of the most gifted accordionists in Québec, Stéphane Landry was introduced to the accordion at age ten. As it soon as his talent became apparent, his parents entrusted him to Gérard Lajoie, a dominant figure in traditional circles in the 1950s. Not only is Stéphane in demand for dances, he has been invited to perform at such prestigious venues as the Smithsonian Festival in Washington, D.C. and the Ris Orangis Festival in France. In 1996, he was the Québec representative at the Montmagny International Accordion Festival. This exceptional musician exhibits remarkable technique, dynamicstyle and rock-solid rhythm.
From left to right: Paul Marchand, Éric Favreau, Claude Méthé and Stéphane Landry.