My cousin told me, "it's a contradance band with horns." This modest description did nothing to prepare me for the exuberance, virtuosity and sheer musical ingenuity of this remarkable Canadian group. I promise you, you have never heard anything like La Bottine Souriante, and once you hear them, you will be hooked. They are very popular in many parts of the world, and a record store owner in Edinburgh, Scotland told me they gave the best concert he'd ever seen in his life. Not only do these guys play tight, rocking arrangements of traditional reels and folk songs, but they sing (in Quebec-style French) with tremendous verve, and dance while they're doing it! However, don't despair that you can't see the dancing as you listen to "La Mistrine"; you will be swept away by the unabashed energy, passion and beauty that La Bottine Souriante bring to each and every cut on this CD. You will hear an impeccable ensemble, lusty vocals, sophisticated, jazzy harmonies blended effortlessly with simple folk melodies, and you will feel, even without knowing a single word of French, the humor and irony that underlie many of the songs. Don't know what contradance music is? Don't care? Don't worry - what La Bottine Souriante does with this genre is like nothing you've ever heard before, and it is a joy to behold.