Warning: Track 5, Mamzelle Kennedy and Track 6, Les Métiers, are pure joy. The other fine works on this latest album of the great instrumental and vocal folk group from Quebec, Canada, Le Vent du Nord, also contribute to a grand, mature musical collection. This is the group's most varied yet well-balanced album, with mainly tradition-based ballads and dances, heroic tales, nostalgic laments, and even an arrangement recalling the music hall or oldtime bandstand. The musicians perform with such energy and cheer that the listener cannot help but share in the fun. This is a very satisfying album. I must be a fan because it is my third from these Québecois. The style of folk song typically involves a solo singer presenting a verse or phrase with immediate choral repetitions. Instruments, which include piano and diatonic accordions, hurdy gurdy, jaw harp, violin, guitar, mandolin, piano, and bouzouki and percussion, provide an ancient and traditional country sound to modern arrangements.