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EXCLUSIVE: The Yves Lambert Trio Showcase Their French-Canadian Folk Virtuosity With “Suite pour Justin”

Yves Lambert Trio by Josue Bertolino
Yves Lambert Trio by Josue Bertolino


For four decades, Yves Lambert has set the standard for traditional French Canadian folk. From his first group La Bottine Souriante, which he helped found in 1976, to his later work with the Bébert Orchestra, the legendary vocalist and multi-instrumentalist (diatonic button accordion, harmonica, jaw harp and percussion) has won three Juno Awards, a BBC Music Award, two OPUS Awards, a Félix award and multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards. His latest project, the Yves Lambert Trio, which he formed in 2010 with Bébert Orchestra members Tommy Gauthier and Olivier Rondeau, is already making waves and winning awards, picking up a Félix for “Best Traditional Album of the Year” for their debut album, 2012’s Trio.

Today, Elmore is premiering “Suite pour Justin,” a track from the trio’s upcoming album, Laissez courir les chiens, which will be released in the US on June 24th. The virtuosity and passion for which the band are frequently touted becomes immediately apparent upon hitting play, as the instrumental track floats and frolics, keeping up its hard-driving energy from the first note to the last. The violin and accordion driven song will charm and captivate, as other instruments weave in and out to create layer upon layer of sound. Anyone who isn’t convinced that “feet” are a proper instrument will change their tune by the end, with Gauthier’s syncopated rhythm deepening and driving the sound.

Listen to “Suite pour Justin” below.


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