Next Stage Bandwagon Series concludes with traditional Quebecois, Celtic music

PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present an afternoon of traditional Quebecois and Celtic music by Canadian trio Genticorum and Italian quartet Gadan in the final concert of the 2022 Next Stage “Bandwagon Summer Series,” on Saturday, Oct. 15, at 3 p.m., at Cooper Field on Sand Hill Road.

“Our 20th and final concert of the Bandwagon Summer Series highlights the signature features of the series - diverse musical genres, musicians from around the world, and a mix of returning Next Stage favorites and new up-and-coming artists - all set in the great outdoors with wide open spaces to listen, dance, picnic, and play,” said Next Stage Production Director Barry Stockwell in a news release.

Known for their “unbridled energy, musicianship, and magnetic stage presence,” continues Stockwell, “Genticorum features intricate fiddle, flute, and accordion lines, gorgeous vocal harmonies, subtle guitar textures, and exhilarating foot percussion.”

The trio's founding members Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet are both recognized as major contributors to the trad music scene in Québec and, since 2015, they have been joined by accomplished multi-instrumentalist and composer Nicholas Williams.

A leading voice in the evolution of Québécois traditional music over the past 20 years, Genticorum has won multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, as well as Juno and ADISQ nominations. They have performed on stages worldwide, from Celtic Connections in Scotland; the Tønder Folk Festival in Denmark; the National Folk Festival in Australia; the Independent Music Festival in Alexandria, Egypt; and the Rain Forest Festival in Malaysia to countless venues across North America.

Gadan is the new project created by four veteran musicians on the Irish trad and European folk/rock scenes - Joan Gatti, Lorenzo Testa, Jacopo Ventura, and Andrea Verga. They draw from from Appalachian/Old Time, Scottish/Irish traditional music, and regional folk music of northern Italy to create their own strings-only sound of clawhammer and tenor banjos, fiddle, mandolin, bouzouki, and guitar with a hint of electronics and a powerful rhythmic pulse.

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