Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée: Salomé Leclerc makes a splash with a pawn shop guitar

Festival en chanson de Petite-Valée: Salomé Leclerc is beautiful with a guitar from pawn shop


At the opening of her show on Sunday at the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée, Salomé Leclerc said that the production of her latest album, “Mille volumes mon coeur”, released in October 2021, began with a guitar bought in a pawn shop on Mont-Royal for 80 dollars.

It was all with a smile that she presented to us the twelve songs of this most recent opus, produced in just four month.

Despite the Gaspé wind which twirled the roof of the Chapiteau de la Vieille-Forge, Salomé and her sidekick, drummer José Major, were ready. “We have prepared something for you that should supplant the sound of the wind,” she said, just before playing the first notes of “Just you for me”. The background images presented during the next song, “Cinema,” helped to immerse us even further into a road movie that the melody seemed to propose.

Even with a reduced number of interventions between songs, we noticed that the two musicians had an obvious pleasure in playing at Petite-Vallée. The love affair between Salomé and the Festival is not new.

Singer in 2006 during the event which today bears the name of Escale en Chanson, the one who is originally from from Sainte-Françoise-de-Lotbinière, in Centre-du-Québec, came to play at the Festival in 2015, 2019 and finally 2022.

Her anecdote about her father who drove on the village row with a chainsaw motor without a brake was frankly funny. The song, “Every Spring”, an ode to her famous row 1213 from the village where she grew up had a rather touching aspect. Through more rock songs, but also a little softer, the public seemed to drink each of the singer's words. Their attention was entirely directed towards the stage, until the end of the performance.

After Émile Bilodeau on Saturday, the second passing artist for this 39th edition of the Festival en Chanson de Petite-Vallée, Paul Piché, will perform at the Chapiteau Quebecor on Sunday evening.