Date: Sunday August 5th
Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Date: Sunday August 5th
Time: 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM
Whenever you hear The Benoit’s you’ll always be moved in every sense of the word by the stellar musicianship and wonderful spirit that continues through their music both new or old. Rooted in the traditional music of Newfoundland’s Port au Port area, The Benoit’s sound is a melange of French, Irish and Scottish influences.
The Benoit’s are a tight knitted ensemble that brings Doug Benoit on accordion, fiddle and banjo, his son Devon on percussion and acoustic guitar and Doug’s nephew Shane Blanchard on bass guitar and acoustic guitar.
Newfoundlanders from the Port au Port peninsula are well known for their kitchen parties, and this is where the soul of The Benoit’s music began. The late Mattis Benoit along with his son Doug is where the group started in the early 1990’s but they played together for many years prior to the beginning of the group, as far back as the early 1970’s when Doug was a young boy. Since the beginning, the group came from playing local talent shows and fundraisers in the Port au Port area to festivals all over Canada, but also even as far as Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France.
As Mattis’ grandsons grew up submerged in this wonderful music and true passion of this traditional culture, it came natural to them and in 2009 Devon and Shane joined the group. In the summer of 2012 The Benoit’s released their debut album that takes you back to the days of old with tracks such as ‘La Farine’ (the title track), a story told by Doug’s grandmother Florence Leprieur about life ‘sur la Cap’ set to a musical backdrop. The album also showcases the band’s contemporary colours with original compositions by another of Mattis’s sons Robert Benoit and a set of tunes written by the members of the band Shane and Devon.
In the summer of 2013 Mattis Benoit passed away leaving his family and friends a strong foundation of traditional roots music . It was at this time that his son, Doug, started to play the accordion that he bought his father before he passed. Since then he hasn’t put it down and the true passion to keep what he and his father started going really showed in his ability to master this instrument in a short few months. The Benoit’s strive to pass on their traditional roots as Mattis Benoit passed it on to them so that their culture will live on forever.