The award-winning Québecois quartet Le Vent du Nord will perform Friday, April 25, at 7:30 p.m. at the Strand Theatre, 345 Main St.

Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord (The Wind of the North) specializes in traditional French-Canadian folk music. Founded in 2002, they have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe and North America.

Band members Nicolas Boulerice, Simon Beaudry, Réjean Brunet and Olivier Demers all contribute to the vocals, adding accordion, violin, mandolin and hurdy-gurdy (an instrument that goes back to medieval times and is known as the vielle à roue in French), drawing on influences ranging from French medieval music to British folk to the Celtic music of Ireland, Scotland and Brittany. The band is touring a new show with songs from “Tromper le temps (Fooling Time),” its seventh album. It is music that can stir emotions and touch the heart and soul.

The band has performed well over 1,000 concerts and earned multiple awards including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammy), a Canadian Folk Music Award and Artist of the Year at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

Tickets are $22 in advance and will be $25 at the door, general admission. The Strand’s Concert Series is sponsored by Maine Magazine. Upcoming artists include Junior Brown, May 2; Jay Farrar, May 8; and The Ragbirds, May 31. To buy tickets, or for more information about all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts, and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or