(Bodhran, suitcase, feet, step dancing, vocals)
High in demand, percussionist, caller, step dancer, Berthiaume has a rich and varied background and is recognized as one of the most original and entertaining callers in Quebec. Jean-Francois has dedicated more than twenty years learning, researching and living the folk music and dance of Quebec. As well as playing with Reveillons! he is the percussionist for a female vocal group Galant tu perds ton temps dedicated to songs that francophone women sang and still travels with their ever-popular show in Quebec, North America and Scotland and Malaysia. He recorded Fais-toi pas d’illusions (2004) and the double album Galant tu perds ton temps II (2009), the latter nominated for both show of the year and best new arrival ADISQ (Quebec Music) awards. From 2000 to 2006, he was a member of Entourloupe, popular at folk festivals across Canada, the US and Europe and with whom he recorded Epilogue (2005). He has participated in several collaborations on stage and in the studio with many of Quebec’s favourite musicians: Michel Faubert, Stéphane Landry, Jean-François Bélanger, De temps Antan, Les Mononcles, Genticorum, Les Langues Fourchues, Matapat, Domino and many others. Since 2010, he has accompanied the poet Jocelyn Thouin of Pas dociles and is currently recording a CD with Les Frères Berthiaume. His passion, instinct, energy and charm make him an authentic artist of traditional music of Quebec.
(Concertina, guimbarde, voix)
With his unmatched singing style, David gives Reveillons! a raw distinct personality unique among the traditional music groups of Quebec. Having been steeped in traditional music as a child, he brings a vast repertoire of his family’s songs mixed with the unique accompaniment of the English Concertina which he learned despite his passion for French history and language. He claims it is an instrument commissioned by the grey nuns in the 19thcentury so it is simply a matter of reclaiming it as the rightful property of Quebec traditional music. He is currently completing production of an album by the Frères Berthiaume.
(Guitar, banjo, vocals)
Native of St-Côme, a small village renowned for their tradition of call and response songs, Andre has a skill honed as a student of American banjo and jazz guitar at CEGEP St-Laurent, and the musicianship of many years of folk singing in the bars and bistros of the province of Quebec.
In 2005, he founded the Quebec traditional music group La Giroflée, with whom he recorded J’ai dans la Mémoire in 2008 and toured Quebec festivals, opening for Patrick Norman and Fred Pellerin among others. In 2010, he toured Europe with the Celtic Spring Caravan Tour and participated in two Cirque Alphonse circus productions La Brunante (2006) and Timber (2011). He recorded Les Bacheleurs for the documentary Hommes des Bois et Bûcherons de Chantier by Simon Rodrigue.
A veteran of traditional music of Quebec, Richard has graced Quebec stages and animated traditional dancers for more than 30 years. He was first inspired by fiddlers in his own family from Lanaudiere, but only took up the fiddle in his late teens. He is recognized not only for the energizing ‘swing’ of his bowing style but also credited, particularly in the earlier years, for discovering and reviving tunes that were all but lost. Also an accomplished composer, he has created timeless pieces of music that remain popular in countless jam sessions.
He is the composer of Valse de Bois, Reel de Mattawa, and the Reel de Montebello, acclaimed tunes that find themselves within the repertoire of other folk musicians and that are repeatedly included on the many CDs. He has recorded with various Quebecois groups and musicians including Tradi-Son, Bardi, Barda, Domino, Le grande chaine, Rapetipetam. Richard is a source of inspiration for all musicians and his style and repertoire make him ever-popular in Quebec and everywhere his amazing music is played.