Genticorum has “earned a rightful place amongst the new generation of internationally-recognized Québécois bands” (The Living Tradition, UK) and, along with fellow Quebec groups like Le Vent du Nord, has become a TD Sunfest favorite. Renowned for its stunning musicianship, gorgeous vocal harmonies, and joyful, charismatic stage presence, the power trio beautifully melds the dynamism of contemporary North American and European folk music with traditional fiddle and folk tunes from La Belle Province and “new trad” (original compositions in the traditional vein).
The ensemble comprises Yann Falquet (guitar, bass, jaw harp, vocals), Pascal Gemme (fiddle, vocals) and newcomer Nicholas Williams (wooden flute, piano, accordion, vocals) replacing Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand. All three musicians contribute percussion by clogging (rhythmic foot tapping). Their sound is rooted in the driving dance rhythms of the Québécois music vernacular, which they infuse with raw, boundless energy.
Over the past 20 years, Genticorum has released six CDs (their latest is “Avant l’Orage” – Before the Storm) and played over 1,000 concerts in more than 15 countries Also, the band has earned four Canadian Folk Music Awards, several JUNO and Félix Award nominations, and the 2018 Opus Prize (from the Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec) for ‘best concert – traditional music.’ Roots Canada says, “The chance to see these merry wizards deliver the goods live is about as good as music gets.”