Since 2003, De Temps Antan has been performing time-honored melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s folkloric past. Through a variety of instruments, including blazing fiddle, brash accordion, exquisite guitar and pristine vocals – and full of uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets and sudden, impromptu shifts – the ensemble marries virtuosic playing with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional music from La Belle Province.
De Temps Antan – whose English translation is “of olden times" – began life as a small Québécois roots band within a much bigger one. Éric Beaudry (vocals, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, feet), André Brunet (vocals, violin, feet) and Pierre-Luc Dupuis (vocals, accordions, Jew's harp) first got together as a trio while playing and touring as members of the Quebec supergroup La Bottine Souriante, a 10-piece outfit with horns. But while La Bottine opened up new horizons for the musicians, its size and volume meant they couldn't play in smaller venues for traditional music. As a trio it allows De Temps Antan to “really bring things down to basics, to the essence of the music."
Steve Edge, Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club, called the group “Fabulous! Such power and drive, yet every nuance of every note is highlighted - even when they are playing those crooked reels at hyper-speed! De Temps Antan are definitely the most powerful and exciting Québécois band we've heard in a long time. Maybe all time."