Ever since Mary Beth Carty of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and Gabriel F. Ouellette of Portneuf, Québec met at an Irish Pub in 2005, nothing has been the same. Their début album Voici... Bette & Wallet has earned them ECMA and Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and invitations to festivals in France and Canada. With Bette's creative accordion playing and dynamic voice, with Gabriel's deft pick and infectious foot-rhythm, Bette & Wallet (bet et wall-ette) have been known to turn punk-rock bars into square-dance floors!
To describe their music, Mary Beth coined the term 'musique recyclée' referring to their practice of mixing traditional melodies with contemporary folklore. Squeegee kids, genetic modifications, haunted condos - Bette & Wallet inevitably have audiences singing along to crazy choruses. Their Nova Scotian and Québécois roots mix with Klezmer, Cajun, and Irish tendencies to create a colourful musical patchwork you can dance to.
Mary Beth Carty Voice, accordion, guitar, piano, bass, and more...
Gabriel F. Ouellette Vocals, fiddle, banjo, bass, feet, guitar, and more...
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