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Le répertoire comprend des musiques mélancoliques qui invitent à la danse, valse musette, tango, Klezmer. Dans chaque cas la tradition est respectée, les musiciens y sont fort attentifs.

Vous aimez le bon vin ? Lire un roman de Simenon ? Cette musique vous plaira. Au delà des modes par définition éphémères, Rue du Canal demeure. Une musique belle, honnête, et jouée par des gars honnêtes.

 

The repertoire is made up of melancholy airs that incite people to dance, a blend of musettes and waltzes, interspersed with klezmer tunes or tangos, in the midst of which the musicians reach the heights of skill with lashings of affection for the music they are performing. A perfect soundtrack as you settle down to read your favourite Simenon novel, while savouring a splendid glass of wine or beer. Rue du Canal is the kind of band that will always stay ‘under the radar’: these musicians are obviously more committed to making music than making management deals but it is well worth hunting down their CD in the less prominent store area categories. Honest music played by honest musicians!

(Marc Vandemoortele). VRT-producer

 

 

Voor alle duidelijkheid: ‘Rue du Canal’ is een walske van Serge Desaunay (ooit La Chiffonie, voor de paleontologen onder ons) en dat staat op een erg goede cd met de zelfde titel. En nu is er ook de nieuwe groep met die naam, die onder meer ook het walske met die naam speelt… Serge Desaunay en Kieran Fahy zijn bloedbroeders die, als de gelegenheid zich enigszins voordoet, in duo toeren (en als je de kans krijgt om ze samen aan het werk te zien: niet twijfelen!) . Initiatiefnemer van de groep (& verbelgde Ier) Kieran Fahy speelt graag samen met Ray Barron, de Ierse mandolinist van Two Time Polka, en Serge speelde in Rijsel al samen met gitarist (en andere snarenplukker) Gaspard Vanardois. ’t Is dus een Frans-Ierse band ‘van bij ons’ en de rode draad is: ze spelen graag samen. Rue du Canal zijn vier klasbakken bijeen, maar ook vier aangename karakters. Er is niet één bij die zich par force wil opdringen. En dus krijg je in dit kwartet die geweldige accordeon van Serge Desaunay perfect afgewisseld met de mandoline van Ray Barron of de viool van Kieran Fahy, met Gaspard Vanardois als ritmesectie. Het repertoire is melancholisch dansant, een mix van musette en wals, met tussendoor een klezmermelodie of een tango, allemaal gespeeld met veel kundigheid en veel liefde. De perfecte soundtrack als je je favoriete Simenon leest met een goed glas wijn bij, enfin. Rue du Canal is zo’n groep die altijd ‘onder de radar’ zal blijven: de heren hechten duidelijk meer belang aan muziekmaken dan aan management. Maar doe de moeite om hun cd ‘1er étage’ te vinden & het zal lonen. Eerlijke muziek, heerlijke muzikanten! (Marc Vandemoortele

 

 

Rue du Canal1er Etage
Own Label, 2013 
Some lovely music here from a Belgian-French-Irish quartet. No frills, just four friends playing a wide range of tunes on button box, fiddle, guitar, lute and mandolin. The Irish input is not immediately obvious among the French waltzes, Arab airs, Latin and Balkan dance music, but Kieran Fahy‘s fiddle is a key part of this eclectic mix. After the impressive Valse A Joseph from virtuoso accordionist Serge Desaunay and the earthy medieval oud of Gaspard Vanardois on Est-Ouest, the chirpy but uncomplicated El Choclo is almost a let-down. Things perk up with the delightfully sleazy title track, evoking all the sights and smells of the seedier side of the Seinne, or perhaps the Quai des Péniches in Brussels, before Donogh Hennessy’s delicious modern Irish air Miss Scanlon gives the fiddle a chance to shine. Pendu au Plafond is not as macabre as it sounds, a whirling Parisian waltz with
Ray Barron‘s twinkling mandolin and great use of the accordion basses. There are points where Rue du Canal lose the tempo and their ensemble playing shows chinks of light, but these are exceptions to their usual tight timing. The pair of Klezmer melodies are perhaps a step too far, and the group wisely finish this intriguing debut album with a return to gentler pieces, the beautiful Dimanche Matin and the swaying jazzy Valse A Nini. This might be their first floor entry, but I’m sure Rue du Canal can build higher.

 Let me do a bit explaining: ‘Rue du Canal’ is a waltz by Serge Desaunay (who used to be with La Chiffonie, for those of you interested in prehistoric matters) and it is featured on an excellent recording with the same title. And now a new group has appeared with exactly the same moniker playing the waltz with the same name… Serge Desaunay and Kieran Fahy are a bit like kinfolk and are keen to tour as a duo when the opportunity arises, and if you get the chance to see them performing together do not hesitate for a second. As the one who initiated the group and a bit of a Belgicized Irishman, Kieran Fahy is in his element joining musical forces with Ray Barron, the Irish mandolin player from Two Time Polka, while Serge has already performed in Lille with Gaspard Vanardois on the guitar (and other plucked instruments). ’A Franco-Irish band ‘from our part of the world’ and their guiding principle is the pleasure of playing together. Rue du Canal comprises not only four top-notch musicians but a quartet of very amiable personalities. Not one of them would dream of grabbing an unequal share of the limelight, as underscored by the way Serge Desaunay‘s accordion alternates smoothly with Ray Barron‘s mandolin or Kieran Fahy‘s violin, while Gaspard Vanardois takes exceedingly good care of the rhythm section. The repertoire is made up of melancholy airs that incite people to dance, a blend of musettes and waltzes, interspersed with klezmer tunes or tangos, in the midst of which the musicians reach the heights of skill with lashings of affection for the music they are performing. A perfect soundtrack as you settle down to read your favourite Simenon novel, while savouring a splendid glass of wine or beer. Rue du Canal is the kind of band that will always stay ‘under the radar’: these musicians are obviously more committed to making music than making management deals but it is well worth hunting down their CD in the less prominent store area categories. Honest music played by honest musicians! (Marc Vandemoortele).

 

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  • An Evening with Rue du Canal

  • We hosted the first of what we hope will be a series of musical evenings, on Wednesday, 22nd January. Our performers were
  • Rue du Canal2 French men and 2 Irish men, playing an eclectic international mix on accordion, guitar, mandolin and violin. The house was full, the atmosphere mellow and we can’t wait to do it again!
  • A lot of thanks to the Waterford County Council Arts Officer who gave sponsorship to the event; also to Ger Barron who brought us the performers. We have some very good friends! 

RdC à Allihies

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