Opening her show at the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée on Sunday, Salomé Leclerc said the production of her latest album, a thousand works my heart, released October 2021, began with a guitar “bought at a pawn shop on Mont-Royal for $80.”
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With a smile, she presented us the twelve songs of this latest work, which was created in just four months.
Despite the Gaspé wind whipping up the roof of the Chapiteau de la Vieille Forge, Salomé and her pal, drummer José Major, were ready. “We have prepared something for you to replace the sound of the wind,” she said just before playing the first notes only you for me The wallpapers of the following song, Movie theater, helped immerse us even more in a road movie that seemed to suggest the tune.
Even with a reduced number of inter-song interventions, we could tell that the two musicians took obvious pleasure in playing at Petite-Vallée. The love story between Salomé and the festival is not new.
Chansonneur in 2006, during the event that is now called Escale en Chanson, the one from Sainte-Françoise-de-Lotbinière in the Center-du-Québec region came to play at the festival in 2015, in 2019 and finally in 2022 .
His anecdote about his father driving down the village street with an unbraked chainsaw engine was downright funny. The song every spring, an ode to her famous rank 1213 of the village where she grew up had a rather touching aspect. Through more rock songs, but also a little softer, the audience seemed to drink in the singer’s every word. His attention was fully focused on the stage until the end of the performance.
The stage, a makeover for Paul Piché
After Émile Bilodeau on Saturday, Sunday was the second passing artist of this 39th editione Edition of the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée, Paul Piché to perform at the Chapiteau Quebecor. From the first three songs, the performance gave the impression of attending a concert by a newcomer to the music scene, his energy was so contagious, especially in There is not much in the evening sky.
“So much fun to see you,” he said, clearly excited to be on stage after the song. Because I love you.
Always very politicized, his interventions between songs were not preachy, but always full of hope. “What is not said enough about the environment is that environmental awareness is more present than ever,” he remarked afterwards The jig in Michounano, a song that talks about dispossessions, including those of hundreds of Gaspesians on the territory of Forillon Park.
But above all, the two concerts, Salomé Leclerc’s and Paul Piché’s, showed that a show doesn’t need big fantasies to be interesting. Just real public love.