By 1930, radio broadcasts had begun reaching living rooms throughout Quebec. Accordionists could learn new tunes by listening to a variety of programs featuring leading performers and groups.
Listen as Francine Desjardins describes the influence of the Montagnards Laurentiens:
The Montagnards Laurentiens
Quebec City radio station CHRS began airing the Montagnards Laurentiens in 1931. Right up until 1962, thousands of Quebec households with a taste for traditional French-Canadian music tuned in every Saturday evening from 9 to 10 p.m. The show even proved more popular than Saturday night hockey on Radio-Canada!
The original lineup consisted of Paul Drolet (fiddle), Henri Émond (fiddle, musical saw), Bill Harris (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Charles-Henri Harris (fiddle, banjo). Later, they were joined by accordion greats Lévis Beaulieu, Gérard Lajoie and Théodore Duguay. This band inspired so many other musicians over the years!
Listen to these excerpts from performances by the Montagnards Laurentiens, featuring compositions by Joe Bouchard: