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Biography

http://www.grandderangement.com/

Grand Dérangement is a group from the Saint Mary's Bay area of Southwestern Nova Scotia. The name Grand Dérangement refers to the expulsion of the Acadians in 1755, but the name also alludes to the group wanting to rouse its audience. The music is exciting, the show is a visual feast, and the highly poetic songs, while insightful, defy the audience to sit still. The bow fires up the fiddle…the sparks fly.

This award-winning group is very eclectic in its musical approach, drawing from such disparate musical inspiration as French chansonniers, folk, Celtic, rock, and Broadway. The rhythms are contagious, the dancers enthralling.

Grand Dérangement is ambitious in targeting an audience and has succeeded in acquiring an acclaimed international reputation. The group acts as an Acadian ambassador and its popularity in Europe and the United States is on the rise. The musicians are raising the profile of Acadians and Michel Thibault's songs are setting new standards for Acadian songwriting.

Grand Dérangement holds a special place in the world of French-language music. The group builds a bridge between the old and the new, between the local and the universal. Grand Dérangement is creating a new Acadian musical repertoire, one that will survive for as long as Acadian culture remains alive and vital.

Daniel » Daniel LeBlanc
(Fiddle-guitar-vocals)

From Nova Scotia, Canada, Daniel is a graduate from the Guitar Institute of Technology in California. He has produced and arranged his solo CD (1997) and also 4 CDs with the group Grand Dérangement.

Briand » Briand Melanson
(Drums-lead singer)

From Nova Scotia, Canada, Briand is a graduate from the Percussion Institute of Technology in California. He has co-produced and arranged 4 CDs with the group Grand Dérangement.

Armand » Armand Dionne
(Keyboards-vocals)

From New Brunswick, Canada, Armand has earned his bachelor's degree in music composition at Moncton University, New-Brunswick.

Jean-Pascal» Jean-Pascal Comeau
(Bass-step dancer)

From Nova Scotia, Canada, Jean-Pascal has studied at the Bass Institute of Technology. He has performed with the theatre company "Les Araignées du Boui-Boui".

Charles » Charles Robicheau
(Guitar)

From Nova Scotia, Canada, this self taught guitar player has toured with many bands. He is also well respected for his studio work and ability to adapt to many musical styles. He is a member of Grand Dérangement since June 2005.

Christiane » Christiane Theriault
(Step dancer)

From Nova Scotia, Canada, Christiane has been studying various dance styles (tap, step, jazz…) since the age of three. She has also performed leading roles for the theatre company "Les Araignées du Boui-Boui". Erin

» Erin Westby
(Step dancer)

From Nova Scotia, Canada, Erin has spent many years performing in the step dancing troupe La Baie en joie. To broaden her dancing versility she has studied ballet. Erin is Grand Dérangement’s newest member since September 2005.Michel

» Michel Thibault
From Nova Scotia, Canada, Michel is the songwriter, composer, producer and co-arranger for Grand Dérangement's 4 CDs.

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