Julie Aubé

Sappyfest, Sackville NB, August 3

BY Matt BobkinPublished Aug 4, 2019

Though New Brunswick is Canada's only officially bilingual province, Sappyfest does have a strong Anglophone slant, so singer-songwriter Julie Aubé (of Acadian folk trio Les Hay Babies) took the time to open up her French tunes in the form of generous banter. It added rich context to tracks like blues number "Tu veux savoir," developed as a way to depatriarchalize the genre, and throwback psych track "Voir un homme."
Joined by a drummer and a bassist, the trio waded their way through the tunes of Aubé's 2017 solo debut, Joie de vivre, with a relaxed, understated confidence befitting their midday main stage slot.
The band held it down through to their final numbers, which included a cover of Canadian folk classic "Four Strong Winds," joined by "Sappyfest elder" Adam Mowery, and a grooving rendition of Aubé's "Home's At." Though her songs held up without the added context, it was certainly a pleasant addition to the proceedings.

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