French flutist Lucie Périer was influenced by her family in Irish music from a young age, so it's no surprise to discover this wonderful collection of music from herself and violonist Orwin Hébert.
Applies In Winter is a very aptly titled CD. Apples are very much a "feel good" and "go to" healthy option to stave off illness, especially in the winter months. And of course, music is very much prevalent in keeping our mental health alive and well ; in fact never more so than now amid this pandemic world we find ourselves in. Although the title has its literal origin in a cider meeting of these two musicians, I feel the health benefit interpretations by far outweigh the cider meeting ! This French duo really do bring a little touch of well-being to our sprits these winter months.
Apples In Winter is a collection of fourteen tracks steeped in Irish tradition. From jigs to reels, wtalzes to barndances, hornpipes too, this is a collection of fine Irish tunes all the way through. With a good mix of familiar tunes alongside those very much stamped by Lucie. The Cuckoo's Nest and The Plance on the Plank among those familiar, and The Stork Takes Its Flight, Planxty Koé and Farewell to Caledonia from Lucie, and of course Koko's Jig from Hébert. There's a real mix in this collection and something everyone can enjoy. With Hébert's experience in a variety of musical traditions combined with Périer's flute, the result really is a very fine sound. Périer and Hébert are joined by Eddy Guilloteau (bodhràn), Jacky Beaucé (flute) and Nicolas Delatouche (accordion). All come together beautifully to enrich and accompany this duo.
Apples In Winter all the way from France, yet very much Irish in temperament, really is good medicine to listen to in this winter season.
Grainne McCool, Irish Music Magazine, Nov. 2020
Irish music is so popular all over the world. The last duo to emerge in France is that of flutist Lucie Périer and violinist Orwin Hébert.
Lucie was born in Saint-Lô (Normandy) into a family of musicians who were passionate about Irish music and this had a decisive influence on her life from a very young age. She is inspired by Irish, Breton, Scandinavian, but also Romanian and Turkish traditions and she gives great importance to singing and dancing to nourish her playing. What is less common, however, is her use of a metal flute where Irish musicians prefer the wooden flute. This does not, however, alter the finesse of her musical playing. His companion Orwin Hébert, for his part, received classical training before becoming interested in Irish tradition in his late teens. Exploring many styles (classical, jazz, swing, trad) with deep respect and perfect mastery, he is a respected and sought-after artist.
Apples in Winter, an Irish standard, is their first album as a duo, a title chosen in reference to their first meeting on a cider pressing day. A very beautiful album of fourteen tracks gleaned from the very rich Irish tradition. Jigs, reels, hornpipes, barndances and waltzes follow one another. Traditional but also tunes borrowed from Tommy Peoples (The Green Fields of Glentown), Mick O'Brien (The Cuckoo's Nest), Liz Carroll (The Plane on the Plank), Paddy Canny, Mary MacNamara and many others.
Some tracks bear the imprint of Lucie (Farewell to Caledonia, The Stork Takes Its Flight and Planxty Koé) and Orwin (Koko's Jig).
Three guests join the duo on the recording: Eddy Guilloteau on bodhrán, Jacky Beaucé on flute and Nicolas Delatouche on accordion.The flute style is fluid and richly ornamented while Orwin's fiddle delicately accompanies Lucie's instrument. A beautifully crafted album that has little to envy the records of the Irish musicians themselves.
Philippe Cousin, 5 Planètes, Oct. 2020
Ses parents, en Normandie, étaient musiciens fans de musique irlandaise. C'est donc tout naturellement qu'elle s'est tournée vers ce répertoire lorsqu'elle a commencé à jouer de la flûte traversière. Elle a développé un timbre chaud et une très belle technique, qui lui valent d'être une enseignante recherchée. Avec le violoniste breton Orwin Hébert, elle sort un premier album basé pour moitié sur des thèmes traditionnels irlandais et pour l'autre moitié sur des compositions (Tommy Peoples, Liz Carroll, Charlie Lennnon, ...et d'elle même entre autres). De l'excellente musique, consensuelle, basée sur les bonnes vibrations de la flûte traversière.
Marc Bauduin, Le Canard Folk, Mar. 2020