Our Machine à Turlute is settling in at the Musée de la Gaspesie for a new exhibition dedicated to La Bolduc. Let’s turlute all summer long!
The Machine à Turlute is a time travelling musical installation, that takes us back to Quebec during the 1930s. Back then, Mary Travers – also known as La Bolduc – was a hit with her Turlute, a traditional folk singing style similar to Irish lilting. In order to “turlute”, the voice is used as a musical instrument, resulting in evocative phonemes: tam ta piou tam pidou. Native from Newport in Gaspésie, Mary is considered as the first singer-songwriter-composer in the province.
Commissioned in 2011 for the musical documentary “Les enfants de la Bolduc“ in collaboration with Lusio Films, the Machine à Turlute is now back on the road to allow the public to (re)discover this typical Quebec heritage. The installation just outside the Museum of Gaspésie is open all summer long, and moves inside the museum until March 31st 2019.