Quebec’s most sought-after harmonica players, Guy Bélanger just released his 8th album Eldorado. This long-awaited new release features a mix of original blues songs and instrumental gems that highlight his remarkable melodic touch. Eldorado is another demonstration of the top-notch chemistry Belanger and his band can attain in studio. This brilliant assemblage of original songs also contains a few surprising covers, of note a delta blues version of Prince's “Sign 'O The Times” and a joyous rendition of Van Morrison’s “Bright Side of the Road”.
With a storied career that has spanned more than four decades, Belanger has worked with some of Quebec’s biggest names in music and entertainment including, among others, Celine Dion, Cirque du Soleil, and Bob Walsh. He is a two-time Maple Blues Award winner and since 2003 has won 14 Lys Blues awards.
Eldorado is Belanger’s most ambitious album to date; the songs are powerfully emotive with twists at every turn. Eldorado is an invitation to the listener into Guy Bélanger’s musical universe through his marvelous songwriting and the top-notch harmonica playing. The album and its themes are summed up concisely by Belanger. “Eldorado means (for me) “The Quest”. I love the road I ride and the pitfalls only give me the courage to move forward…”
What they said about ELDORADO...
Tout en haut, à l’harmonica, celui du blues et non de la polka, les cadors actuels s’appellent Billy Branch, Jerry Portnoy, Joe Nosek, Kim Wilson et, bien évidemment, le vieux Charlie Musselwhite. Qui d’autre ? Guy Bélanger et personne d’autre ! - Le Devoir, Serge Truffault
(…) long may he be open to such diverse influences for his humble blues harmonica.- Toronto Blues Society, John’s Blues Picks
« Guy Bélanger assure avec brio toutes les parties d'harmonica bien entendu, mais aussi tient le piano sur "Hummin' et prends la quasi-totalité du chant, un exercice pour lequel il montre au fil des années de plus en plus d'aptitude et de talent." - Fred Delforge, Le Zicazine, France
En nous peignant son Eldorado personnel, l’artiste rend le cri de son harmonica tout ce qu’il y a de plus universel.
- Radio-Canada, Ici-Musique, Nathan Lelièvre
Some cats just exist so far above and beyond that there’s really nothing you can add. This four decade long and running Canadian harp player has won everything and played with everyone but he steadfastly refuses to make a ‘look ma, no hands’ record. An instrumental tour de force from a pro that refuses to stop rocking, if you like cats that can play a harp inside out, this is the cat for you. Well done. - Midwest Records USA
Il y a des albums qui frôlent la perfection. En voilà un. -Le Soleil, Normand Provencher
« (…) most accomplished album to date! Blues sprinkled with jazzy accents a touch of funk, and always this harmonica that grabs you by the heart and takes you exactly where it wishes." - # Blues Music
«Guy Bélanger continue de nous réconforter avec son harmonica et son talent. Il mélange subtilement les genres sur cet album qu’on a envie d’écouter et de réécouter. Un album dont vous ne vous lasserez pas!» - Jean-François Côté, Radio-Canada
Guy Bélanger lets listeners discover his musical universe, thanks to the interesting song lyrics, his excellent harmonica playing and his well-pitched voice. This is an elegant, harmonious and good conceived album who contribute to round up a carefully thought and developed recording in every musical aspect, not only for the musicians who have been involved on it but also for Guy’s own final production, that allows him to give out the most precious sound as well as a really tasteful final album mixing. VERY GOOD. - La Hora Del Blues Barcelone Espagne
"Belanger brings more variety and superior writing than heard on most blues-oriented harmonica albums. His tone and gift for melody alone are worth the listen." - Making A Scene - USA
Guy Bélanger c’est un talent unique, c'est quelqu’un qui réussis vraiment à nous transporter dans son univers avec son harmonica!
- Annie-Soleil Proteau, Salut Bonjour Weekend
Quebec-born Guy Belanger is a musical genius… - Bob Bonsey, Blues Matters, UK
"Une œuvre qui mérite d'être pleinement appréciée" - Remo Ricaldone Planet Country Italie
"...Bottom line, Eldorado is a truly beautiful album- like a massage for the soul!" - John A. Kereiff The Rock Doctor Vancouver
Productions Bros and Guy Bélanger present the 4th edition of the Sommet Blues Acoustique 2020, on tour in Quebec, with guests Cécile Doo-Kingué (USA-Cameroon-Canada) and Mathis Haug (France-Germany).
Come and make great discoveries!
An unforgettable evening of blues and folk ...
At first, in 1974, Guy Bélanger definitely seems to be moving towards a career focused on traditional blues. Armed with his harmonicas on his belt, he met Bob Walsh, also from Quebec City, who introduced him to the basics of blues by sharing the different scenes of the Old Capital. Later, he joined the Delta Blues Band with whom he played for over 4 years. The band presents more than 200 shows each year in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes with a repertoire of blues classics. It is also with D.B.B. He will have the opportunity to meet great names such as Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Big Mama Thornton, James Cotton and Dutch Mason. These different experiences greatly contribute to broadening his musical horizons.
In 1987, he joined the formation of bluesman Bob Walsh. They will participate in 15 editions of the Montreal International Jazz Festival together. In 1995, Les Colocs invited him to participate in the recording of their second album Atrocetomique. Will follow a succession of collaborations with more than 60 Quebec and French artists including Celine Dion and Cirque du Soleil.
In 2003, the meeting with the guitarist Claude Fradette will give birth to the soundtrack of the movie Gaz Bar Blues which wins the Jutra prize for the best film music and the Lys Blues for the best album in 2003. Their collaboration is still alive and they sign the music for Louis Bélanger's The Timekeeper (2009) and Vivre à 100 Milles è l'heure (2019) as well as the music for Louis Saïa's TV series Les Boys (SRC) between 2009 and 2012 and Séquelles in 2016 He also signed that year as the only composer the soundtrack of the film Les Mauvaises Herbes, nominated at Prix Iris 2017.
The first solo album of compositions and collaborations, the eponymous Guy Bélanger will finally see the light of day in February 2008 and will attract laudatory critics from both the public and the press (4 Lys Blues in 2009 for album of the year, male blues artist, songwriter and group revelation).
Crossroads was released in September 2010 and also earned many accolades. In 2011, in collaboration with Benoit Charest, he composes the music of the film Route 132 which will be awarded the Jutra prize for the best original music.
The album Dusty Trails is launched in October 2012 and the Canadian tour begins a few weeks later. Blues Turn's homecoming album was released in 2014. He was recorded in Chicago, Toronto and Montreal and received a nomination as Indie Record of the Year at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in January 2015. Guy will also win this year. the best harmonica player in Canada and will be performing in Canada and in France. In 2016, the as-harmonicist composes the soundtrack of the film Les Mauvaises Herbes by his brother Louis and participates as a special guest at Celine Dion's Quebec tour during the summer.
In the fall, he received the 2016 André Gagnon Award from SPACQ (Société professionnelle des auteurs et compositeurs du Québec). Recognized for his sensitivity, generosity and talent, Guy is admired for his ability to safeguard sincerity in virtuosity.
Cumulating the awards and honors, he launches his 7th career album: Traces & Scars, which will be nominated as the 2017 Instrumental Album of the Year at ADISQ. This album celebrates Guy's talent as a composer. Created when the artist celebrated great personal victories but also lived deep mourning, it harbors ten instrumental pieces that navigate between folk and blues as well as two superb songs, one of which played by Luce Dufault. This inspired, bright recording, dedicated to the friend Bob Walsh (1947-2016) presents the best of gentleman harmonicist and composer, whose pleasure to play is obvious, intact more than 45 years after his debut.
Guy Bélanger launches on October 25, 2019 the album Eldorado, continuing on this long road paved with musical adventures. He is accompanied by his team of shock composed of Rob MacDonald (guitars), Marc-André Drouin (bass) and Michel Dufour (drums). Also musicians emeritus crossed over his travels and tours have joined him. The cellist Eric Longsworth and the French-German singer-guitarist Mathis Haug are among the number.
Eric Lapointe (Le Ciel de mes combats) et
Le Petit Roy (Hommage à J.P. Ferland) Une chance qu'on s'a;
Les Colocs (Atrocetomique);
Steve Hill (éponyme et Call it What You Will);
Star Académie (album 2004 et 2005);
Nanette Workman (Roots, Mississippi Rolling Stone et Just Gettin' Started);
World Kora Trio avec Eric Longsworth
(Un poisson dans le désert);
Dawn Tyler Watson (Jawbreaker);
Claude Dubois Duo Dubois;
Sophie Tapie (Sauvage);
Véronique Dicaire (éponyme);
Chloé St-Marie (Je marche à toi);
Hugo Lapointe (Célibataire, La Trentaine, Hugo Lapointe et Mon arc est une guitare);
Mitsou (Lettre à un cowboy);
Michel Cusson (L'Automne sauvage);
Kashtin (Innu et Akua Tuta);
Renée Martel (Authentique et Country);
Gildor Roy (Une autre chambre d'hôtel et Plein l'dos);
La Chicane (En Catimini, Disparu et
Entre nous Autres);
Les Parfaits Salauds (Constat à l'amiable);
Gaston Mandeville (Huit);
Pierre Flynn (Mirador);
Kim Richardson (Kaleidoscope);
Annie Blanchard (Marcher vers le Nord);
J.F. Girard (Clin D'oeil);
Eric Goulet (Vol. 2 Comme un cave);
Carolyn Fe (Bad Taboo);
Cisco Herzhaft (Good Hand);
Ria Reece Band (Out All Night);
Shows & Contact
Céline Dion (Encore un Soir);
Cirque Du Soleil (Nuba, Wintuk et Viva Elvis!);
Bob Walsh (éponyme, Live, avec le Quatuor Allard, Unforgettable Songs, Blues,
Canadian Blues Rendez-Vous, The Only Soul, Inside I'm All Blue, There's a Story here et After The Storm);
Lynda Lemay (Le Secret des Oiseaux, Feutres et Pastels et Décibels et des Silences);
Bobby Bazini (Better in Time);
Jean Pierre Ferland
(Toutes les Femmes de ma vie);
La Voix (édition 2015);
France D'Amour (Animal, Déchainée, Hors de tout doute, Les Autres, D'Amour PQ
et En Love Majeur);
Jael Bird Joseph
(The Journal of Forgotten Memories);
Maxime Landry (Vox Pop, Nos Histoires);
WINNER OF THE
"HARMONICA PLAYER OF THE YEAR"
MAPLE BLUES AWARDS TORONTO
2014 & 2017!
Record Label & Management:
Les Productions Bros
a/s: René Moisan
You can discover the Seydel harmonicas at: www.seydel1847.de.
They are distributed in Canada by Counterpoint Music Services, Markham, Ontario at www.counterpointmusic.ca.
Heartfelt thanks to Bertram Becher, Lars Seifert and Adam Berlin for their support !!
© 2019 Design & Production Guy Bélanger