Trouvers sprang out of the Tasmanian Grassroots Union Choir when Elaine Chevalier and Roger Joseph teamed up with Peter Hicks to present a short set for the Craic at the New Sydney Hotel in Hobart.
Peter Hicks, former director of the Cygnet Festival has fingers in many musical pies; from blues to Irish country and Americana. Now he drifts into the realm of Peter Paul and Mary, arranging wonderful harmonies for Elaine and Roger.
Peter's songs include the ode to Ned Kelly 'The Glenrowan Song' and a well directed jibe at the banks, 'Them Dirty Robbing Banks'.
Elaine Chevalier hovered on the fringe of music for years until she was trapped into performing with Peter and Roger. Elaine's voice tugs at the heartstrings as she delivers Lost Child, an original song by local writer Kelvin Carter.
Roger Joseph morphed into performing from the Union Choir. Previously an administrator and committed audience member, Roger delights in delivering Richard Thompson's 'Beeswing' and Jimmy Nails 'Big River'.
A growing number of songs are coming from the monthly songwriters sessions (at The Crescent Hotel), second Tuesday of each month) and separately from the pen of Geoff Francis.
The Tasmanian music scene is strong and Trouvers are proud to be a part.
Trouvers know that good songs need to be remembered. They understand that for every songwriter there needs to be a thousand interpreters. Trouvers sing songs that may be dormant in your heart or songs you may have never heard that you will want to remember.
Chris Spencer, Trad & Now March 2016, wrote “One of these [Tasmanian groups] was The Trouvers, a trio which consisted of Elaine Chevalier-Carter, Roger Joseph and Peter Hicks. They played a mixture of older contemporary songs rather than traditional songs.”
Trouvers also sing original songs that test your social justice credentials and love songs to tear at your heartstrings.
Hammet, Cygnet 2012 Hammett by Trouvers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KiaZTf3q0OU Reservoir Song (2017 Fleurieu Folk Festival) written by Rory Campbell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28huD1-rCz8 Methinna (2017 Fleurieu Folk Festival) written by Shaun Pearce
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_ZAVZJTJwk Some People Cry (2017 National Folk Festival, Stockmans Camp)