One of our long-time favorite bands in Tinsmith. In addition to hearing them at the festival as often as we can, we listen to their album almost every day and Son dances around the living room in his
One of our new musical discoveries this year was Le Vent du Nord. They are a roots music band from Quebec. In addition to enjoying the great Celtic/Cajun music they played, we loved their onstage personae. They filled us all with energy.
There was dancing in the aisles.
One player, the fiddler, kept up a great rhythm with his feet. While sitting and playing his fiddle, he also tapped on a wooden plank hooked up to a microphone. Another member of the band was the sexiest hurdy-gurdy player I've ever seen. (He does not have a lot of competition--but even if he did, he'd win.) The other two members of Le Vent du Nord are a guitar player, shy compared to the others but a fabulous musician, and an accordian player/step dancer. They were amazing!
There was more dancing.
When the accordian player pulled out a set of sticks or bones to click in his hands, Rowan from Tinsmith pulled out his own set. Le Vent du Nord invited him up with his sticks and they performed together. What a dream come true for those of us who are fans of both.
If you look at the front page of the Celtic Festival website, you'll see a picture of Son in his kilt with chainmail, a helmet, and a sword in the upper right corner of the montage.