This is the last in a four-part series on “The Mythic Three”. The first post gave the context (both politically and socially) to introduce the three subjects of this series; Robert Charlebois, Beau Dommage , and now Harmonium.
Harmonium’s active period roughly ran parallel to that of Beau Dommage (Harmonium began as a group two years earlier than Beau Dommage and broke up roughly around the same time as Beau Dommage).
Unlike certain members of Beau Dommage, those members of Harmonium who were amongst the most famous (most notably Serge Fiori and Michel Normandeau), did not continue careers in the public limelight (although Michel Normandeau became a radio-show host on Radio-Canada’s Ottawa / Gatineau). However, the members by-and-large did remain in the music industry (studio, teaching, or instrumentalist side of the industry).
The group’s music was associated with the political fervour of 1970’s Québec, and they did participate in some of the best known “political love-ins” of the day (such as the politically charged 1973 and 1976 Fête Nationale, which together attracted more than 600,000 in-person spectators).
Harmoniums songs remain famous and well-known, even to this day — just as those of Beau Dommage and Robert Charlebois remain popular can continue to played on the radio.
Some of Harmonium’s best known songs include:
- Un musicien parmi tant d’autres
- Pour un instant
Much in the same vein as Robert Charlebois’ and Beau Dommage’s music, Harmonium’s music today does not carry the same political sense that it did 30 years ago – perhaps a sign of the times. Nonetheless, they’re cherished as in integral part of Québec’s culture, and continue to be popular.
Their music is for sale through various platforms. Please stick to official websites and do not pirate. Our artists form part of our collective cultural fabric.