This week's Pardon My French is covering female francophone artists. La Bolduc was one of the most influential Quebecois artists of the 1930s, with her repertoire stretching over 300 songs she wrote.
La Bolduc is often considered
She was born Mary Rose-Anna Travers in 1894, to an Irish mother and Quebecois father. Her large family was poor, but she learned the most from home. Her family was bilingual and her father taught her how to play the fiddle, accordion, harmonica, spoons and Jew’s harp. She took from the Irish melodies and French-Canadian folk tunes to create a style based on the passed down traditions of both cultures.
At the age of 13, in 1908, she moved to
Her musical career began in the 20s when she started to play in small troupes. She signed her first record label in 1929 and began playing more and more in folk festivals, which helped her family financially. Her songs were about working class people which became popular during the Great Depression.
In the 1930s she was producing records often and touring around