Les Tireux d’Roches
Since 1998, Canada’s TDR (Les Tireux d’Roches) has been electrifying crowds with their unique sound and stage performances. They have toured extensively in Canada, the U.S.A, Europe and China winning over the hearts of audiences wherever they go. In recent years they have garnered a reputation as great communicators—they always make an effort to learn the language of their current host and have fun using it on stage. Hailing from a region overflowing with creativity, this motley crew of colourful characters draws from the rich Québécois tradition while staying open to other musical influences such as jazz and rock. They play on an unconventional arsenal of acoustic instruments and the result is an explosive folk/trad party that’ll make you dance and knock your socks off!
Quebec Folk/Trad outfit Les Tireux d’Roches (TDR) has released their latest album, Tarmacadam, in November 2017, on the Les Faux-Monnayeurs label. This, their sixth studio album, was recorded in September 2017 at the Dogger Pond Music studio in Drummondville, QC, and was produced by Davy Hay Gallant.
Tarmacadam (another term for Tarmac) is a nod to the extensive travelling the group has done over two decades—landing in multiple destinations in the vast international world music network. The album showcases both original compositions and reworkings of music from traditional French and Québécois repertoire.
Tarmacadam is a notable return to the band’s musical roots while highlighting the tightly woven orchestrations and musicality of its members: Denis Massé (vocals, accordions), Dominic Lemieux (guitar, bouzouki, vocals), David Robert (percussions, vocals), Pascal « Per » Veillette (guitar, harmonica, podorythmie & vocals) et Luc Murphy (flute, alto flute, piccolo, baritone saxophone & vocals).
Few groups can boast about being on the road for 20 years: “I attribute the band’s longevity to the warm and enthusiastic responses from our fans, and the camaraderie that exists between band members, says Denis Massé. The show lasts 90 minutes; that leaves another 22.5 hours of vans, planes, hotels and restaurants. You gotta appreciate the guy sitting next to you!”
The group has come a long way since its modest beginnings in 1998 at La Pierre Angulaire, a little café in St-Élie-de-Caxton, Mauricie. As time passed, the village’s gravel roads gave way to tarmacadam highways, taking the group throughout North America, Europe and China.
Les Tireux d’Roches is a gregarious gang of lovable misfits creating a festive atmosphere wherever they go.
2019 – Nomination, Prix OPUS – Musique traditionnelle québécoise
2018 – Nomination, GAMIQ – Album/EP World for Tarmacadam
2018 – Nomination, ADISQ – Meilleur album traditionnel (Best Trad Album) for Tarmacadam
2014 – Nomination at ADISQ Traditionnal Music Album for « XO 15 ans d’âge »
2012 – Best show 2012 by Bugewitz-Audiece in Germany
2011 – Award Arts Excellence “Arts de la scène”
2010 – Nomination at ADISQ Traditionnal Music Album for « Cé qu’essé? »
2010 – Nomination Canadian Folk Music Award for « Group of the year »
2010 – Musicaction Grant for « Cé qu’essé? » album marketing
2010 – Conseil des Arts du Canada grant for promotion and management
2008 – Conseil des Arts du Canada grant for management
2006 – Musicaction Grant « Roche, Papier, Ciseaux » album marketing
2006 – Nomination at ADISQ for « Roche, Papier, Ciseaux »
2006 – Nomination at American Folk Alliance for « Roche, Papier, Ciseaux »
2006 – Nomination at Indie Acoustic Project for « Roche Papier, Ciseaux »
2006 – Showcase at RIDEAU
2006 – Winner of Interpretation Award « Art de la scène en Mauricie »
2005 – Conseil des Arts du Canada Grant « Roche Papier, Ciseaux » album production
Denis Massé (accordion, vocals, guitar)
Dominic Lemieux (guitar, vocals, bouzouki, banjo)
Pascal Veillette (harmonica, feet taping, vocals)
Luc Murphy (sax, flute, clarine, vocalst)
David Robert (percussions, vocals)
Booking - France
DelaLune Booking Productions
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Booking - Belgium
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Booking - China
China-Canada Culture Exchange Center
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