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Pascal Gemme

Pascal Gemme is a leading purveyor of the traditional fiddle and dance music of Quebec. Known as much for his original compositions as his fine interpretation of traditional fiddle tunes, Pascal is the fiddler, singer and arranger of the band, Genticorum, whose CDs have met with critical acclaim in several countries. His musical partner from Genticorum, Yann Falquet will be teaching guitar this year at the festival school.

Pascal is in demand as a fiddle teacher and performer. He has been teaching weekly at the Ecole des Arts de la Veillée in Montreal since 2003, as well as at workshops and master classes around the world, including the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick (Ireland), the Goderich Celtic College (Ontario – Canada), The festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend (Washington – USA), the Alasdair Fraser’s Fiddle Train and Sierra Fiddle Camp (California – USA) and recently the Quasitrad music camp (Australia). His easy-going and accessible teaching style is perfect for fiddlers of all levels.

From a young age, the fiddle music and songs of his native province have captivated him. After graduating with a degree in composition and arranging from St Laurent College in Montreal, Canada, he immersed himself in the music around him, playing, collecting and recording melodies found all over Quebec. Pascal has developed a vast knowledge and is a leading exponent of his tradition.