Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée: beauty in simplicity, with Salomé Leclerc and Paul Piché


Opening her show on Sunday at the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée, Salomé Leclerc said that the production of her latest album, A thousand works my heart, released in October 2021, it started with a guitar bought “in a pawnshop in Mont-Royal for $ 80”.

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It was all with a smile that he presented us the twelve pieces of this latest work, produced in just four months.

Despite the Gaspé wind that swirled the roof of the Chapiteau de la Vieille Forge, Salomé and his partner, the drummer José Major, were ready. “We have prepared something for you that should supplant the sound of the wind,” he said, just before playing the first notes of Only you for me. The background images featured during the following song, Cinema, it helped to immerse us even more in a road movie that the melody seemed to propose.

Even with a small number of interventions between songs, we noticed that the two musicians took evident pleasure in playing at the Petite-Vallée. The love story between Salomé and the Festival is not new.

Chansonneur in 2006, during the event that today bears the name of Escale en Chanson, the one that is in Sainte-Françoise-de-Lotbinière, in the Center-du-Québec region, she came to play at the Festival in 2015, in 2019 and finally in 2022.

His anecdote about his father driving down the village line in an unbraked chainsaw was downright funny. The song Every spring, an ode to her famous 1213 grade of the village she grew up in, it looked rather poignant. Through more rock songs, but also a little softer, the audience seemed to drink every word of the singer. Her attention was entirely directed to the stage, until the end of the show.

The stage, a restyling for Paul Piché

After Émile Bilodeau on Saturday, Sunday was the turn of the second passing artist of this 39And 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 the concert of a new boy in the music scene, his energy was so contagious, especially in There isn’t much in the evening sky.

“It’s so fun to see you,” she said, visibly happy to be on stage after the song. Because I love you.

Always highly politicized, his interventions between songs were not moralizing, but always full of hope. “What not enough is said about the environment is that environmental awareness is more present than ever,” he remarked later The mask in Michounano, a song about expropriations, including those of hundreds of Gaspesians in the Forillon Park area.

But above all, what brought out the two concerts, that of Salomé Leclerc as that of Paul Piché, is that a show does not need immense fantasies to be interesting. Simply genuine public love.


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