Sometimes I am awed by just how much musical talent exists in Saskatchewan. Last night, I attended a concert at The Exchange in Regina – Rogairi (pictured at right), a local Celtic group played along with Les cireux d’semelles, a traditional, energetic Fransaskois group.
It was an incredible evening. While Les cireux performed, I realized just how much I missed living among Francophones in Ottawa. There are not many opportunities to hear traditional French music here, so I thoroughly soaked it in.
The Exchange was a perfect setting to listen to both bands. À la bonne franquette (meaning – at a kitchen party) was exactly what we were attending. Rogairi played after Les cireux and continued on with traditional music, but with an Irish/Scottish twist. Irish dancers got up and entertained as well.
When both bands arrived on the stage after a break, it was impossible not to get up and dance. The amazing accordion player with Les cireux taught a traditional French circle dance. It didn’t take long for dancers to catch on to the steps. I was surprised by how good both groups sounded even though there were some sound problems throughout the evening. We left before the concert ended … somehow I imagine the dancing went on late into the night.
So while it sometimes feels as if I am living in a hinterland, there are these amazing moments when I realize how fortunate I am to live among such incredibly talented yet unassuming prairie people.