The quartet Le Vent du Nord, one of the most-loved Quebec folk outfits in the world and a leading force in the province’s progressive folk movement, will perform at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., Friday, March 12 at 8 p.m.

The hard-driving soulful music of this young quartet of singers and multi-instrumentalists captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, mixing French, Irish and Native American roots and infusing old Quebec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air. Their sound is defined by strong Celtic and Breton influences; New Orleans polyphony and R&B; fiddle, accordion, hurdy gurdy, guitar, strong harmony vocals; and heavy boots for time-keeping.

The band sings originals and songs taken from the traditional repertoire, in their native French. Their magnificent vocal harmonies, and sophisticated musical arrangements complement the lyrics, and their intense, high-quality renditions make sparks fly every time, whether one understands French or not. Le Vent du Nord has been enjoying rocketing success, including a prestigious Juno award, and has attracted a large and loyal following in Maine due in part to a shared French heritage and culture. The group’s current lineup consists of singers and multi-instrumentalists Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Olivier Demers and Réjean Brunet.

General admission tickets for the all-ages show are $20. For tickets or more information, call the Strand at 594-0070 or visit

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to