Voilà – The Folk Trio, La Bonne Heure is back!
La Bonne Heure take to the seas again to embark on another Irish Tour beginning in March 2019. It will be their third voyage to Ireland since March 2018.
They were a complete surprise to all when they appeared in Toale’s on Paddy’s night last year. The following day they played in the Neptune, Blackrock and then set off for Galway, Limerick, Dublin and Laois.
In August of the same year they were back again to join the Footsbarn Theatre company at the Cootehill Festival. It was just a short visit, however, on their return they had to cancel their boat as they were invited to play Electric Picnic. Both visits to Ireland were such a success that they decided to come back for 2019.
The French based Trio came together by chance 3 years ago in a small little village in the Baie De Somme, Picardie. Hugo and Brian were attending a concert of Irishman Jules Maxwell just close to where they live. Jules had a special guest with him that night, a violin player, Madalina. The boys were so impressed with Madalina’s playing that they invited her to come and see their next concert. Hugo and Brian were a duo at the time. Madalina turned up to the gig, joined in on one tune and ended up playing the full set with the lads improvising on each song. After that Maddie joined the group and since then the trio have become known as the hardest working band in the north of France playing an average of 70 gigs per year.
La Bonne Heure, translates to English as “The good hour” or “The right time”. Brian Holmes, an Irish one-man orchestra, Madalina Drouvin a Romanian baroque violinist and a French ukulelist, Hugo Cordonnier, are living proof that Folk music is still alive and kicking in the heart of Picardie, France. Inspired by their influences of Irish rhythms, ‘finger picking’ and Romanian spirit, La Bonne Heure certainly capture the magic of many shared emotions. Live on stage, their energies communicate without explanation.
The Album No.2:
Their tour called ‘Bike Ride to the Moon Tour 2019’ will first take them to Conor Hughes, Blackrock where the will begin the recording of their second album in mid-February. They hope to record 23 songs. They will bring their own engineer from France and have been blessed with their good friend Steve Ryan (Dublin Print), who will produce the album. Steve has been travelling back and forth to France in preparation for the album. The group will also have some local guests playing on some tunes, A.K.A, flute-man, Kevin Shields to name but a few.
Following this, the Trio will set off on a 14-date tour beginning on the 14th of March at The Cobblestone in Dublin then on 16th where they will play in Tir na nog, Cootehill, Toale’s bar Dundalk for Paddy’s night and then an afternoon gig in the Neptune, Blackrock on the 18th.
After this they will travel to Donegal, Galway, Clare, Cork, Laois, back to Dundalk to play Carlingford 6th of April at the four seasons and will finish up in The Spirit Store, 7th of April.
Irish Tour 2018
The Waltz – music video
Album – RUN