Somewhat of a late bloomer in musical terms this chansonnier was born 42 years ago in the province and arrived in Montreal at the tender age of 18. Survival involved a variety of jobs but in a pivotal moment in time he was presented with a guitar at the ripe age of 30. The two immediately took to each other but he observed that “Playing the guitar with the paws of a farmer was a bit difficult”. That didn’t stop him from developing his natural musical talent and he was asked to translate a song into French for the rockeuse Angel Forest. His talent got recognized and an invitation to produce an album for her was one consequence. And on to fame, honor and awards. And his own first album “Tabac” in 2006. On it with his deep and melancholic voice he’s crooning about the trials and tribulations of life and why it’s worth dying for. There’s darkness followed by the inevitable light, his art is caustic and laughing, scratchy and soothing, down-to-earth and dreaming. In another highlight of his career he met the French chansonnier Leo Ferre et voila an exiting and intriguing fusion of American Folk with la chansonFrancaise was born. Jeff Moran’s bringing with him not only his artistic evolution through three albums but also his fourth and latest, “Le silence des chiens”, he’s supported by Thomas Carbou on guitars.
Allez lovers of contemporary chansons, here’s a taste of things to come on our ‘Ile de la Chanson du Monde’: “Puisque je crois qu’il ne suffit pas plus d’y croire /que nous sommes tous un peu aveugles/debouts, plantes dans l’interieur…/Puisque tu dis qu’il faut bien essayer/Ou donc ira le cavalier/quand on l’aura laisse tout seul?/Et ou ira le monde entire/ quandil aura ferme sa gueule”