Friday, November 08, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Les Cowboys Fringants

Artist:Les Cowboys Fringants
Song:L'Hiver Approche
Album:Au Grand Theatre De Quebec

Les Cowboys Fringants are very popular in Quebec and to a lesser extant in France and other French speaking countries. They are unknown elsewhere which is not unusual for Quebecois musicians. Their music is an eclectic mix of folk and rock. And the social commentary in their songs relates very well to young people. Les Cowboys Fringants are from the Montreal suburb of Repentigny, PQ. Lead singer Karl Tremblay and guitarist J.F. Pauze met in 1994 while playing for the Repentigny Jets Junior B hockey team. Tremblay knew Pauze played guitar and he suggested they form a band. Pauze met classically trained violinist Marie-Annick Lepine while the two were working the same summer job in 1995. They did well in a local songwriting contest and decided to get serious about starting a band. They added bassist Jerome Dupras and drummer Dominique "Domlebo" Lebeau and started playing clubs around Montreal. They started to gain a significant fanbase in Quebec and then in France with the 2000 CD Hotel Capri. L'Hiver Approche is from the 2002 CD Break Syndical. Like a lot of the group's songs, it was written by Pauze and Lepine. The song is about how cold it gets in winter in Quebec and even complains about Christmas commercialism. This 2007 2CD live set is available as a budget release. Lebeau left in 2007 and was replaced by Simon Landry. And they added lead guitarist Nic Cartwright. Marie-Annick Lepine recorded a solo CD in 2007 and could probably have a successful solo career. But she remains with Les Cowboys Fringants. They last recorded in 2011 but toured France this past summer. Here's Les Cowboys Fringants performing L'Hiver Approch on Musique Plus 2005. This video is not on Youtube.
Les Cowboys Fringants-L'Hiver Approche by Pzychofreak

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