Paul has been associated with Siamsa for many years and it will be great to have him once again share his music with students and friends. His graceful Irish style, impeccable rhythm, and vast knowledge of repertoire as well as Irish dancing make him an invaluable part of the school.
Paul Legrand was born in Normandy. His mother was the school teacher in the village where he grew up. Like many other students in his school, Paul benefited from his mother’s teaching of the recorder.
In the 1970’s, important, well known, folk artists created a real interest for traditional music. Paul discovered a personal, long lasting, passion for Irish music and began to apply himself to the fiddle. He became self-taught and used numerous recorded performances for his learning and inspiration. Paul’s first trip to Ireland was in October of 1978. This was followed by a second trip in 1980 to England and Ireland. These travels continued to fire his intertest in traditional music. During these visits, his learning was enriched by the direct contact with session musicians.
In 1982, Paul began a two year journey throughout North America and, thanks to his music, established many new contacts. He decided to remain in Montreal and has been living in this city since 1985. Paul's activities as a musician include sessions, concerts, dance evenings, dance competitions and teaching.