Taking their name from a traditional song, Les Poules à Colin were raised behind the scenes at folk festivals, learning their craft at kitchen parties amongst some of Quebec's finest trad musicians - which included their parents - in a region famous for its living heritage.
Despite their young age (22-27), Les Poules à Colin have been playing together for over eight years and it shows in their sparkling complicity. The group has a strong stage presence and demonstrates a contagious pleasure in each and every performance, drawing the audience to them. The group has already performed in major cities and small towns in Canada, the US, Europe, the UK and Australia, and Africa, amassing a wealth of impressive experience in a short time.
“It took me less than 10 seconds listening to Les Poules a Colin to book this band for Fairbridge Festival." Rod Vervast, Perth, West Australia
The group’s sound is a seamless blend of their strong folk upbringing and North American influences that range from old-time to jazz, with some provocative and moody effects. Their repertoire is a mix of original and traditional pieces, primarily in French but with some English compositions, and reveals gorgeous vocal, instrumental and rhythmic prowess. Their adaptations of traditional songs from Quebec, Brittany or Louisiana speak eloquently to their generation while retaining the beauty of timeless music. Fiddle, guitar, lapsteel, banjo, mandolin, piano, bass and foot percussion form a rich and varied backdrop for their inventive arrangements. Les Poules à Colin reveal a unique and modern perspective on traditional Québec culture.
In 2017, they did a 9 week tour of Australia, a 35-date tour including important festivals such as Port Fairy Folk Fest, Blue Mountains Music Fest, The National Folk Fest, Fairbridge Folk Fest and many more. They also toured in Sweden, USA, Canada, Italy, Belgium, UK and Abidjan in Cote d'Ivoire (Africa) where they participated as part of Team Canada at the Jeux de la Francophonie. Recently they signed with the German Label Steeplejack Music and the USA Agency Lost Buffalo Artists.
''they could easily have filled a hall 4 times the size...Get ready world, this group is already really, really good and on its way to greatness.'' -WPR @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017
''Morose, the third album from Montreal-based roots band Les Poules à Colin, shines a bright contemporary light into some of the cobwebbed cupboards of francophone folk'' -Tony Montague, Penguin Eggs 2017 (Cover Page)
'' The vocal harmonies are FAN-TAS-TIC'' (tr)- 98,5 FM | «Really, this group is unique! » - Le Devoir (TR)
«They have a very different approach, combining tradition and modernity» -Journal de Montréal, from an interview with Yves Lambert (TR)
«the young Qué¬bécois quintet Les Poules à Colin made their Glasgow debut in sparkling and beguiling style»
-Sue Wilson, The Scotsman.
Zak Trojano is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger-style guitar player, a fly-fisherman, and a beer drinker. He watches more than he talks, the guy at the end of the bar nursing a drink while the afternoon light angles in, letting the conversation pile up around him like snowfall. He grew up in New Hampshire, outside of town in a cabin built by his parents. His father was a drummer who held down a regular country gig, and nights after work he would loosen his tie and show his son the finer points of Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones. In New Hampshire they drove around in trucks, and Prine and Dylan cassettes showed up in most of those trucks. Zak made Eagle Scout, got his knots down. Then it was college and out, wandering the country from the desert Southwest to Great Plains until he ran out of money, washing windows to work up the bus fare home. After a while it seemed like he ought to write some songs, and he did: heavy songs with a light touch; an AM radio throwback voice and an intricate finger-style technique framed by a drummer’s rhythm and sharpened by years of immersion in the work of players as various as John Fahey, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins. In over a decade writing, recording, and performing music professionally - sharing studios and stages with his band Rusty Belle, or supporting touring acts like Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey - Zak Trojano has evolved his own thing: a warm baritone paired with an old Martin guitar, floating above spare lines of cello and lap steel, horns and brushes, with a deceptively simple lyricism that on repeated listening shows that the fellow at the end of the bar doesn’t say much, but he’s worth hearing.