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Dans l’Shed brings French folk blues to Bailey Theatre

By Amielle Christopherson, Camrose Canadian

Quebec duo Dans l’Shed will be bringing their blend of folk country blues to The Bailey Theatre Feb. 1 as the sole Chemin Chez Nous performance this year. (Supplied)

Quebec duo Dans l’Shed will be bringing their blend of folk country blues to The Bailey Theatre Feb. 1 as the sole Chemin Chez Nous performance this year. (Supplied)

French Canadian duo Dans l’Shed will be bringing their unique take of folk blues to The Bailey Theatre Feb. 1 as part of the Chemin Chez Nous tour.

Comprised of Gaspesiens Eric Dion and Andre Lavergne, Dans l’Shed was formed in 2014 after the duo had taken a meandering path to creating the band.

l’Shed isn’t their first foray into music together; they previously played together with musician Jean-Francois Porier in folk-style band Bottleneck from 2001-2005.

After the group split, Dion formed La bande a Firmin, recorded two albums, while Lavergne spent time performing alongside other Quebecois artists, including Les Respectables and Chloe Lacasse.

“I think we are better musicians now and we record the album live in studio, something that we couldn’t do 15 years ago,” said Dion of the road they’ve taken to this musical project. “We’ve played with a lot of people and we’ve improved our song-writing, too.”

Dion, who writes most of the band’s lyrics, said one thing he’s enjoyed with Dans l’Shed is having the opportunity to sing in his native French to a style of music many people associate with English singers.

“When we were in Bottleneck, we played delta blues, country folk songs, traditional American. What we’ve done with Dans l’Shed is taken that style of music and sing in French.”

Shortly after coming together in 2014, the group released their first EP, a self titled six track album. The first track, Dans l’bois, received a prize from the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallee.

Less than a year later, they released their first full length album, Riviere Rouge, in November 2015.

Dion said he found inspiration for the group’s music using newspapers, looking for inspiring photos and articles that he can use as a springboard.

“I spoke a lot of my life but I tried to be universal so the people who listen to my songs can see their lives, too,” he said, adding that folk music “is the greatest style for storytelling, and that’s what we do.”

In the short time the group has been together, they’ve travelled across Canada and into Europe, spending time at festivals in France and Switzerland, where Dion said audiences were eager to hear French folk music.

Dans l’Shed will perform Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at The Bailey Theatre where the audience will hear original songs, as well as banter between good friends, improvisation and even a Beatles cover or two.

Tickets are $25, $15 for students and are available at The Bailey’s Box Office or online at www.baileytheatre.com.



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