Fásta - Un Canadien Errant review: traditional music without borders
Un Canadien Errant
Fásta are a trio of musiciens sans frontières who refuse to let the Atlantic sunder their love of their own and one another’s Irish and Québecois musical traditions.
Connemara piper Fiachra O’Regan and Québecois fiddler and pianist, Sophie Lavoie, return two years after their last fine collection, Rewind.
Now accompanied by André Marchand on guitar and foot percussion.
Lavoie’s contributions have grown in stature: her tune compositions are lithe and masterful, and her choice of songs is enough to captivate the most casual listener.
Most strikingly, the title tune, Un Canadien Errant bridges the gap between the Canadian rebellion of 1837-38 and today’s horrors of exile, as experienced by refugees and migrants.
It’s refreshing to hear a traditional band reference the present with such subtlety and finesse.