Folk Festival 2019
Despite the name, there’s nothing random about this Montréal quartet’s sound. Eclectic, sure — anyone that can pull from folk, hip hop and pop while mixing in socially conscious lyrics and tri-lingual hooks, gets credit for breaking boundaries. But Random Recipe’s polyphonic spree is too tasty to have been thrown together by chance.
It’s a sound that’s been honed over more than a decade, first in poutineries and pizza places, street corners and subways, starting with the blend of Frannie Holder’s sugar-sweet singing and rapper Fab’s saltier edge. Rounded out by Vincent Legault on guitar and keys and Liu-Kong Ha on percussion, the band built a reputation for its adventurous instrumentation and adventurous grooves. It didn’t take long to get noticed — a 2008 performance at Pop Montréal, just a year into their musical career, got them a spotlight in Spin Magazine as one of Montréal’s most promising acts. And their sound has only expanded from there.
Last year’s Distractions shows just how far the band has come in fine-tuning their sound. A socially conscious party record, Distractions finds Frannie and Fab working up a feminist frenzy alongside Sunny Moonshine, Digable Planets’ Ladybug Mecca, and a roster of like-minded collaborators. Crafted with care and performed with passion, you’ll never know what’s coming up next — but it’s much too good to be random.
Biography by Peter Hemminger
Only the evening schedules are currently available. Check back for the full schedule in mid-June.