Serre l'Écoute

Serre l'Écoute


Serre l'Écoute is a group of traditional a cappella singing from Québec. The songs they sing mostly come from field recordings and are adapted to three voices in strong and deeply rooted interpretations.


Serre l’Écoute is a group of three singers, musicians and songs collectors: Gabrielle Bouthillier, Liette Remon and Robert Bouthillier (Gabrielle’s father). They sing mostly songs coming from their own collections and try to stay as close as possible to the traditionnal expertise and style. They sing a cappella, most of the time, and when they add some polyphonic and/or instrumental colors, they are careful to do so without distorting the original spirit of their material.

They have been singing together for 5 years and started by an exploration of the maritime repertoire from Québec and Acadie (They are to this day the only band of maritime music in Québec). Chansons des bords du Saint-Laurent, Serre l’Écoute’s first album, was released in May 2002 and is a fine collection of maritime songs from the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Since then, they have been invited to perform in very important Sea Shanty Festivals : Mystic Seaport, CT; Paimpol, France; Workum, Netherlands; Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Québec; Chicago, IL.

Fortunes et perditions, their most recent album, was born in may 2006 and casts an eye on the many turmoils of human destiny.

Serre l'Écoute presently works on a third project intitled Philosophical Drinkers : a recollection of poetical drinking songs from the oral tradition.


Fortunes et perditions
SCOR-08, 2006.
Songs and ballads
Nominated as Best Traditional Album for the Canadian Folk Music Awards 2006
Received the Label "Bravo" from Trad'Mag

Les bords du Saint-Laurent
GLR-001, 2002.
Maritime songs
Received the Label "Bravo" from Trad'Mag

Set List

We adapt our sets to each event.

For festivals, we usually do a 30 to 45 minutes set with 8 to 12 traditional songs.

For a concert, we prefer a single set of 75 minutes, with 12 to 20 songs.

The set list is also up to changes depending on the audience. More maritime songs for Sea Music festivals. More dances and response-songs for a more"profane" audience. More ballads and deep long songs for an expert crowd...