Michel Pagliaro @ Hudson Music Festival – July 31, 2021

Iconic Quebec folk-rock star Michel Pagliero played live at the Hudson Music Festival and was  in top form on the night. It is the first live concert we at OrcaSound have attended since the start of the pandemic. As you can imagine, it felt great! It was clear this was the case for the other attendees there, as the ambiance was pleasing and the venue was filled with bright smiling faces. Attendance was limited to sixty persons, which in effect was bittersweet as you don’t often have the opportunity to see Pag up close in an intimate setting. 

Predominantly known for his francophone releases, Pag gained much success and fame among anglophones with hits like ” Rainshowers,” “Loving You Ain’t Easy,” and “What the Hell I Got”,  each of which he played last night. 

He kicked off his first set with his chart-topper “J’entends frapper” just one of the many francophone hits he played. He would toggle between French and English when he addressed the crowd, as he is known for being conversational with his fans. Often playful and humorous with comments like “I am going to play a song that nobody here knows,” then proceeded to play “J’ai marcher pour une nation,” a song about the Quebec nationalist movement in the early ’70s, which is safe to assume most Anglophones would be unfamiliar with. Pag’s music style is a mix of French folklorish country and classic rock, which francophone and anglophone fans can mutually appreciate. 

It was also a privilege to hear Corey Diabo (member of the band Jonas and the Massive Attraction) accompany Pag on stage. Diabo is an outstanding guitarist whose guitar leads brought the fans to their feet. They closed the show with the song “T’es pas tout seul à soir” (you aren’t alone tonight), which indeed takes on new meaning during the pandemic.  

This year is the festival’s 14th season, hosting four shows in four days from July 30th to August 2nd. The festival’s following two shows were a tribute to James Taylor featuring Denis Ducharme and a select group of talented musicians, then will come to a close on Monday evening with various classical music performances.

More information on festival: http://www.hudsonmusicfestival.ca/

Set list

Set 1:

J’entends  frapper

Le temps presse

L’espion

Seul au monde

Dans la peau

Rainshowers

Les Bombes

J’ai marcher pour une nation

Dangereux

Ti-bidon 

Set 2:

Louise

Rock Somebody

Emeute dans la prison

Some Sing, Some Dance

Loving You Ain’t Easy

What the Hell I Got

Encore: 

Fou de toi

T’es pas tout seul à soir

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