Premier faux pas

Artist: Bas les pattes

Name: Premier faux pas

Released: 2006

Label: Autoprod

Format: Digipack

Total playing: 55'57

Bonus: « Bravo » Trad'Magazine

Price : 12.50 €

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Premier faux pas (Bas les pattes)

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Bas les pattes ! came together with the idea of creating an energetic and modern kind of music for traditional dancing. Trad/folk musician Marc Lemonnier (accordion, guitar, bouzouki, charango, panpipes, kéna, beard) is surrounded by musicians from diverse and complementary musical worlds in their commom quest for a new kind of traditional dance music. In partnership, the lyrical bass (Stephane Aubry) and the prodigious drums ( Hervé Morel) lay down a hip-swinging groove, while the wind section formed of Jean-Seb Gratas (soprano sax, tenor sax, digisax, flute) and Louise White (clarinet) swings between bewitching melodies and functuation. Everyone sings in close harmony. Besides hunting down and eliminating feedback, sound engineer Marco Delaruelle chips in occasionally with layers of reverb and sound effects. The wide-ranging backgrounds and tastes of the group members mean that an evening with Bas les Pattes ! journeys across continents and decades, integrating anything, ancient or modern, iconoclastic or traditional, that could be a pretext for dancing. The repertoire is a minority of traditional tunes rearranged à la Bas les Pattes, a few surprising covers (a bourrée courtesy of Frank Zappa, a mazurka borrowed from Kate Bush), and mostly compositions, always meticulously based on the relevant dance-steps even when the music itself actually makes you want to break into a pogo. Their first album, a live called “Premier faux pas”, came out in 2007, the group is currently working on a second record, due out in 2010. They have played all over France, most notably at the Grand Bal de l’Europe at Gennetines and the St Chartier instrument festival. They live in the Cévennes and between them have several acres of vegetable garden, 9 children, 9 cats, 12 sheep, 5 chainsaws, many spiders behind the piano, and an increasingly bad hangover.

Bas les pattes - Musicians

  • Marc LEMONNIER : accordion, guitar, bouzouki, charango, panpipes
  • Stephane AUBRY : bass
  • Jean-Seb GRATAS : soprano sax, tenor sax, digisax, flute
  • Louise WHITE : clarinet
  • Corentin VESCHAMBRE : guitar, drums

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