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Biography

Nicolas Babineau

A native of the Bois-Francs region of Québec, Nicolas Babineau is bursting with a passion for music. The 16-year old’s interest in music started when at age 7 he borrowed his grandfather’s old, untouched fiddle. He first learned guitar and then dedicated himself to fiddle. Nicolas’s playing is based on classical training but it was at camp Violon Trad Québec that he discovered the traditional Québecois fiddle style. His repertoire has been growing ever since and he has participated in many fiddle competitions and given many concerts.

Although his devotion for trad music has grown throughout the years, he hasn’t abandoned his love of classical music. In 2010 he was accepted at the Conservatory of Classical Music of Trois-Rivières. The following year he recorded his first trad album Violon d’autrefois et d’aujourd’hui .

Nicolas has had the honour of performing alongside experienced musicians that include Paul Marchand and Philippe Guay, as well as Colin Savoie-Levac and Sarah Marchand, the latter members of Les Poules à Colin. His first appearances with a band were in 2011 at festivals Ès Trad in Quebec City and Mémoire et Racines in Joliette, Québec.

Nicolas was the grand prize winner of the 2011 and 2012 editions of Secondaire En Spectacle, a province wide high school performance competition.

Nicolas is a natural multi-instrumentalist. Whether it’s acoustic or electric guitar, bass, mandolin, bouzouki, fiddle or foot percussion, he can pick up any instrument and make it sound good. Despite his great talent, he remains a modest and easygoing guy. His audiences have expanded from private concerts for family and friends to public perfomances for thousands.