Veillee De Noel / Suzie Leblanc
LeBlanc; Greenberg; Weimann; Gautreau; Halley; Parker; Normandin
Composed by: Traditional
Suzie LeBlanc returns to her roots with La Veillée de Noël, a recording of traditional songs from the collection Berceau de l’Acadie [Cradle of Acadia]. + She has hand-picked Acadian folksongs that celebrate the winter season, from Christmas to Candlemas, known as La Chandeleur in French, — one of the biggest holidays of the year in Acadia; people would dress up, make merry, and bring food to the poor. + Originating from various regions in France, most of these songs were sung by the Acadians of the Memramcook valley in New Brunswick. + Though Ms. LeBlanc and her collaborators have taken a folk or Baroque approach to most of the songs in La Veillée de Noël, some of them receive a more modern treatment influenced by jazz or swing. + LeBlanc is accompanied by veteran musicians with whom she has worked for many years: violinist David Greenberg, who played on both her previous ATMA albums of Acadian music, Tout Passe and La Mer Jolie; percussionist Nick Halley; and harpsichordist Alexander Weimann, with whom she has collaborated on many early music projects.