The name Les Poules a Colin is a play on words from a traditional song that is played in Quebec.
Colin Savoie-Levac, who plays strings and sings vocals says when they started the band eight years ago they thought it was quite hilarious... the name translates to Colin’s Hens. “It’s just a bad joke,” Colin says.
Their last album, 2014's 'Ste-waves', is named after an imaginary village in Quebec and although most of their music is performed in French, this particular song is in English.
The album was nominated for an ADISQ award in 2015 for Traditional Album Of The Year and Colin compares the nomination as the equivalent of the Grammy Awards for Quebec. “It’s definitely a big recognition that we got with this album and it was a big moment,” Colin says.
“Big moments are always coming up for us like the tour that we’re doing in Australia is a huge thing for us.”
It’s the first time Les Poules a Colin will tour Australia. “I went there last year [to Australia] with a different band and I remember the crowds were really amazing and dancing a lot which is always a great thing to see,” Colin says.
“I’m hoping to see the same kind of crazy energy when we’re over there, it’ll be really fun.”
Colin says the majority of the band's inspiration comes from listening to other genres of music as well as other bands they have worked with previously. “There’s a bunch of things that get intertwined together… it’s not necessarily [that] we hear something specifically and then go for that, it’s more like the vibe you know?”
Les Poules a Colin ShowsThu 2 Mar – Camelot Lounge (Sydney)
Fri 3 Mar – Masionic Hall (Hobart)
Sat 4 Mar – Broadmarsh Hall (Tasmania)
Sun 5 Mar – Longford Town Hall (Tasmania)
Fri 10 Mar – Port Fairy Music Festival
Fri 17 Mar – Blue Mountains Music Festival (Katoomba)
Fri 24 Mar - Yackandandah Public Hall, (Victoria)
Fri 31 Mar – Illawarra Folk Club (Wollongong)
Wed 5 Apr – Upper Lansdowne Memorial Hall (NSW)
Sat 8 Apr – New Farm Bowls Club (Brisbane)
Sun 9 Apr - Nanango Shed (QLD)
Thu 13 Apr – National Folk Festival (Canberra)
Thu 20 Apr – South Coast Folk Club (Adelaide)
Fri 21 Apr – Fairbridge Folk Festival (WA)