Richard Séguin

Richard Séguin. Singer, songwriter, b Pointe-aux-Trembles (Montreal) 27 Mar 1952. He began his career with his twin sister Marie-Claire Séguin.

Séguin, Richard

Richard Séguin. Singer, songwriter, b Pointe-aux-Trembles (Montreal) 27 Mar 1952. He began his career with his twin sister Marie-Claire Séguin. From the outset they adopted a personal style derived from folk music and modern song, and at first sang under the name Les Nochers and then formed the duo Marie et Richard (1967-8) which was named discovery of the year for 1968 at the Patriote. With other musicians, they founded the group La Nouvelle frontière (1969-71), which recorded two LPs for Gamma. Subsequently they performed until 1977 as Les Séguin, recording four LPs, and then began to pursue independent careers.

In 1977, besides participating at the Ontario Festival, Richard Séguin made a tour of Switzerland, France, and Quebec. The next year he collaborated with Serge Fiori of the group Harmonium on the LP Deux cents nuits à l'heure (CBS PFS-90456), which sold 100,000 copies and won three Félix Awards at the first ADISQ gala in 1979. His first solo album was followed by a tour in Quebec and in New-Brunswick. His 'Chanson pour durer' won three awards at the Spa Festival in 1981. That year, Séguin also won the second prize for the 'jeune chanson' at the Festival mondial de la chanson française held in Antibes, Côte d'Azur. He then sang in some 40 Quebec cities and at Montreal's Spectrum.

Of folk inspiration initially, Richard Séguin's style slowly evolved toward rock without renouncing its sources, however. His is the legacy of the 1960s. As stated by Micheline Lortie in the magazine Wow, 'those who consider him converted granola have not understood anything; in truth, for many years, Séguin has pursued simple folk-rock, with guitar touches, vocal harmonies on a human scale, and a preoccupation with others who are not success crazy' (August 1989). His album Double vie, inspired by a greater emphasis on rock, marked a new stage in his career. It was listed on the Radio activité chart for more than 50 weeks and won the Félix award for best rock album of 1986, when Séguin was crowned best songwriter. Journée d'Amérique won the Félix Award for best rock album of 1988 and the public's award at the Festival d'été international de Québec 1989. The record was followed by four videoclips and became a gold record. Séguin took part, in Sénégal, in the program 'D'accord-Dakar,' as part of the Sommet de la francophonie (1988). His song 'Ici comme ailleurs' won the CBC competition 'Notre chanson' in 1989. Séguin then performed at the Francofolies in La Rochelle and in the Botaniques in Brussels.

Further Reading

  • Kroll, Stephen. 'Twin talent,' CanComp, 80, May 1973

    L'Heureux, Christine, and Pedneault, Hélène. Les Séguin (Montreal 1977)

    Laurier, Andrée. 'Back to the future,' CanComp, 218, Feb-Mar 1987

    Turcotte, Susy, and Therrien, Robert. 'Séguin l'Américain,' Chansons d'aujourd'hui, Mar 1988

    Dostie, Bruno. 'Richard Séguin boucle la boucle,' Montreal La Presse, 12 Oct 1991

    Maroist, Guylaine. 'Le retour du troubadour,' Continuum, 28 Oct 1991

    'Les Séguin,' EMC 1981

    See also Bibliography of Marie-Claire Séguin.

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