Canards is a trio composed of Suzanne Keldsen, Dot Pakan, and Marti
Pizzini. They have
entertained visitors at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, The Feast
of the Hunter’s Moon, The Isle B
la Cache Rendezvous, The Indiana Historical Society, and many other
events and historic locations. The
trio is known for their musicality, historical accuracy, and their
cheerful, easy rapport with audiences.
Their repertorie includes folk songs “Aupres de ma blonde”
“Une perdriole,” and “J’ai trop grand peur des loups”
and instrumentals “Joys of
Quebec” and “La bastringue.”
have produced a CD, ’ Vent Frais, French for “cool breeze,”
which is a buoyantly feminine rendition of French voyageur-era music.
Their music is played on guitar, hurdy-gurdy, recorders,
accordion, and dulcimer. The
songs are sung mostly in French. The
printed lyrics are included with the CD.
three “Canards” sing. Suzanne,
who plays guitar and recorders, brings a background in Renaissance music
to the group. Dot, an
accomplished keyboardist, deftly adapts the accordion to these
traditional tunes. She has
also lent her expertise as a French teacher to the production of the
lyrics for the album. Marti,
with many years of experience in historic folk music, plays the
dulcimer, epinette, humel and
’s beloved hurdy gurdy.