Les Bon Hommes du Nord



Biography

Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux present a program of fiddle tunes and songs drawn from their French-Canadian heritage. Mr. Ross, a frequent winner at fiddle contests throughout Northern New England, is a fifth-generation fiddler. Mr. Theroux is a well-respected community-based fiddler and vocalist. They will be joined by Dalton Binette and Bow Thayer. All four musicians hail from the northernmost area of New Hampshire, adjacent to the Canadian border, across which people and cultural influences have flowed steadily over the last hundred years or more. The fiddle, accordion, and guitar are the most common instruments used in French-Canadian music. The playing style is spirited and based upon rhythmic patterns of the Celtic world: jigs, reels, and waltzes. However, the music is not exactly Celtic: the bowing style has a different swing and the tunes are ornamented in a distinctive way. Singing in the French language with family and friends is also an important part of French-Canadian musical heritage, and many of the songs are classified as “chansons à répondre,” or “call and response,” a style developed so a large group can join in the fun without knowing all the words.

Watch Past Performances

Video 8/8/2012: Les Bon Hommes du Nord: Patrick Ross and Jean Theroux, with Dalton Binette and Bow Thayer

The group presents a program of fiddle tunes and songs drawn from their French-Canadian heritage. Part of Homegrown: The Music of America concert series.

Les Bon Hommes du Nord