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The Band


Marie Déziel  

Marie Déziel comes from a musical family. She grew up listening to Shostakovich and Mozart while playing with her Lego. By age 10 she could play the piano by ear and had received her first accordion. She now plays the violin, the viola, accordion and the piano with several groups. She previously played the violin and the viola with Parkdale and Kanata Symphony Orchestras in Ottawa. Her passion for musical instruments recently led her to take up the study of the hurdy gurdy, which is used in the folk tradition of France and also in medieval and renaissance music. Marie Déziel is a former Spanish, French, and music CEGEP (College) teacher.


Robert Coutu

From a young age, Robert Coutu explored different styles of popular and traditional music. He has performed with a variety of bands at special events and recording sessions. Self-taught, Robert plays many instruments, including the violin, mandolin, guitar and harmonica.


Sylvain Raymond

Sylvain Raymond is a talented multi-instrumentalist. He plays guitar, accordion, flute and the jaw harp, besides singing. He’s passionate about folk music and knowledgeable about its history and heritage. Sylvain gives concerts and conferences about the origins of specific instruments used by folk musicians in Quebec.


Photo by Tom Cole
Chantale Gaudet-Rice

Chantale Gaudet-Rice is a professional violinist/fiddler and private violin and fiddle teacher. She performed as a violist with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra for five years. She plays locally for many events, including weddings, receptions and parties in various classical and folk ensembles, as well as The Gatineau Symphony and Pellegrini Opera.


Photo by Paul Jean
Lois Siegel, Bodhran

Lois Siegel is a filmmaker, casting director, photographer, writer, and musician. When she isn’t playing the bodhran, she runs Siegel Entertainment, representing her bands and other entertainers.  Her documentary films cover a wide range of subjects:  “Baseball Girls” (women who play softball and baseball), “Lip Gloss” (female impersonators), “Strangers in Town” (albinism), and “Stunt People” (The Fournier Family performing stunts for films)Lois also plays the fiddle, spoons, bodhran, The Ugly Stick, dancing marionettes, percussion, and the washboard.

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