Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:00pm

Branford Folk Opens 45th Season On Sept. 15

Sponsored by: Branford Folk Music Society

The Branford Folk Music Society starts its 45th year of presenting concerts on Saturday, Sept. 15 with the rousing, high energy Quebecois music of the Yves Lambert Trio, featuring one of the iconic artists responsible for reviving the traditional folk music of Quebec in the 1980s.

The concert is at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church of Branford, 1009 Main St., on the Branford Green. Admission is $20 for non-members, $17 for members and $5 for children age 12 and under. For more information, call 203-488-7715 or access the society’s Web page at

Yves Lambert, an accordionist and vocalist, was a founding member of La Bottine Souriante in 1976 and for 26 years he was a major figure in the celebrated ensemble that spearheaded a revival of Quebecois music on an international level.

Lambert is known for his unique ability to translate anecdotal, poetic or political texts into songs. His work as a songwriter and his capacity to create unique musical moods make him a key figure in the folk music of the Canadian Province of Quebec. Quebecois critics have defined Lambert as a “leading light in the traditional aesthetic of our cultural heritage” and “a veritable patriarch of the revival of Quebec’s musical roots.”

The Bottine experience led Lambert to share various awards with the group, including three Junos (the Canadian equivalent of America’s Grammys), eight Félix Awards for Traditional Album of the Year, and a BBC Award for Traditional Album and Group of the Year in England.

But, after more than a quarter century with La Bottine Souriante, Lambert began searching for new musical adventures in 2003. Always on the lookout for innovative trends and attentive to the new guard of Quebecois musicians, he surrounded himself with young talent and created first the Bébert Orchestra in 2004, and then the Yves Lambert Trio in 2010 with fiddler Tommy Gauthier and guitarist Olivier Rondeau, both instrumental virtuosos.

The trio showcases the unique connection between maturity and youth and creates a new world of poetry and celebration with nuanced arrangements and distinct harmonies. The trio expertly demonstrates how traditional local music continually reinvents itself within a modern context.

The Yves Lambert Trio arrives at Branford Folk after a summer tour in the United Kingdom with gigs at major folk festivals and an appearance on BBC radio and hot on the heels of the release of the group’s latest album, “Temptation (Tentation)”.

The Branford Folk Music Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and encouraging the growth and appreciation of folk music, song and tradition. Its monthly concert series in the First Congregational Church’s Pilgrim Hall runs from September through May.

The society was founded in December 1973 in the living room of former Branford residents Judi and Dave Neal and began offering regularly-scheduled coffeehouse concerts in June 1974, which to this day continue to showcase top national and international folk music artists. The society presently operates with a volunteer board of directors headed by Willa Horowitz, a Hamden resident. Members of the society hail from throughout Connecticut, and adjoining areas of New York and Rhode Island.

The society’s 45th concert season will include, among other concerts, the return to Branford on Nov. 20 of acclaimed songwriter Bill Staines, who was instrumental in aiding the society during its formative years; on Feb. 16, balladeer James Keelaghan of Canada, long regarded in his home country and around the world as one of the leading voices in contemporary folk music, and on April 13, a unique pairing of a Connecticut barbershop chorus with a New York City-based ensemble that sings Balkan village music.

Admission: $20, $17
First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street
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