By Simone Goldstone | Columnist NB Indy Soundcheck
The Quebec Sisters are bringing the regional American musical treasure of progressive western swing across the country, including a performance at the Jax Campus in Newport Beach on October 9.
The three sisters not only sing in perfect harmony, but are also national violin champions. Their western violin style has its roots in Bob Wills, who merged big band, western swing and jazz into one sizzling pot of historic country music.
The unique instrumentation of the sister of Quebec not only celebrates Western music, but advances the genre, keeping both tradition and innovation in full swing.
The sisters focus on the Texan violin, which is predominantly longbow violin. Just as different dialects appear in regions, music has its own language and instruments like the violin have their own dialects.
Influenced by immigrants and traditions, the violin can be Kentucky bluegrass style, Appalachian style, and Canadian style, to name a few.
The sisters see their music as progressive, aiming to bring a breath of fresh air into traditional music.
“We have instrumentation that has never been done before. We have western swing with a bass, an acoustic guitar, three violins and three singers, ”said Sophie Quebe in a recent phone interview. “We want to push the boundaries of genres, so this is not a museum piece. We are so happy to get back on the road and reconnect with people. Music is uplifting and people need music, so we’re happy to bring it to them. In addition to a colorful and melodious show, the sisters bring history and originality to life through their bows and harmonies.
The sisters of Quebec have had a career rooted in the honor of the country. The trio met some of their musical heroes, like Connie Smith, at the Grand Ole Opry, after being invited to perform by Ricky Skaggs.
The sisters, who each won the National Fiddleling Championship, were invited to record at Cash Studios and even opened for fellow Texan Willie Nelson. The sisters and Nelson also recorded an album Asleep at the Wheel together.
At a shareholder meeting for Justin Boots, the trio were approached by Warren Buffet, who asked if he could play the ukulele with them. At Austin City Limits, fiddlers were invited to take the stage with the Avett Brothers for a tribute to Asleep at the Wheel.
The siblings all participated in local violin competitions while growing up in Burleson, Texas. Their love of music and their roots drove them to become national champions, record albums and tour the country.
But is it difficult to be a group of sisters?
“We all want to do our best. If one of my siblings kills him, everyone benefits. Just put your ego aside and use the competition to encourage yourself and inspire yourself, ”said Sophie.
The Sisters of Quebec are a great example of how family can inspire us to do our best and keep our traditions alive.
“I’m in love with the music itself,” says Sophia of her fondness for the violin, “If you can feel something while playing and get the audience to feel the same emotion or the same message, that’s more. important than the medium. “
The Quebe Sisters perform at the Jax Campus on October 9th. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $ 19 to $ 200 depending on location and type of seat. This is a club dinner with cabaret seating, and entry is required in addition to the concert ticket.
Visit www.CampusJax.com for tickets and more information. Jax Campus is located at 3950 Dr. Campus in Newport Beach.
Visit www.quebeisters.com for more information on the Sisters of Quebec.
Covid Note: Campus Jax staff are back with masks. The site operates at 40 percent of the legal occupancy by their choice. No standing space allowed; you must reserve a seat to attend. Customers don’t need to wear masks when eating and drinking at their table, but they recommend wearing masks to and from your table, in the washroom, and whenever you can. It’s not a socially distanced event, but it isn’t overcrowded either. Masks are optional but highly recommended.