Coeur de pirate
Performing in 2017: Calgary Folk Music Festival!
Previously Performed in: 2011
(Montréal, QC) Acoustic, Folk
Songs of regret, reconstruction, defiance, temptation, hope, wisdom and delirious love: all of these are within Coeur de pirate’s wide and varied repertoire. Born Béatrice Martin, Coeur de pirate’s style varies from '60s-style French pop to North American folk, bouncing effortlessly back and forth across the Atlantic between time and genre. And although she sings in French, no knowledge of the language is necessary to catch the foibles, frustrations, self-recriminations and inside jokes of the journey from love to heartbreak and back again (although it helps).
She credits herself with having the heart of a pirate, but she has the soul and discipline of a highly skilled musician; Martin began playing piano at age three and entered the Conservatoire de Musique du Québec à Montréal at age nine, where she studied for five years. Her eponymous album, released in 2008, was embraced by her native Québec and nominated for the Francophone Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards. Since then, Martin has been touring and winning acclaim across the globe. Martin's distinctive, gorgeous voice can hold its own either with a full orchestra or the quiet moment between one note and the next on her piano. Perhaps the pirate analogy is less about being an outlaw, and more about the love of living on her own musical edge.