Folk Ragoût is an exciting and original duo, comprised of American flutist Leslie Anne Harrison and French singer and guitarist Frédéric Pouille.
Frédéric and Leslie met at the Irish World Academy in Limerick, Ireland and began performing together in Northern Europe and America. Folk Ragoût explores extended technique, highly textured arrangements, and percussive illusions to create a distinctive style within the tradition of the flute and guitar duo. Their music is inspired by their time living in Ireland, and also focuses on their French heritage.
The French-American pair has been enjoying critical acclaim since the release of their 2011 self-titled album. While performing in Scotland with New Time Ensemble, their arrangement of “Da Bride’s a Boannie Ting” was selected for the Edinburgh Folk Club’s Best of 2011 Album. Folk Ragoût was chosen as a selected performer for the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in 2012, and in the same year they recorded for Liz Davis Maxfield’s The Irish Cello Book, which was published by Hal Leonard. Since then, they have been performing and teaching in the western United States.
With their great love for the traditional music of Ireland and France, Folk Ragoût’s performances are unique, beautiful, and virtuosic.
As an educator and performer, flutist Leslie Anne Harrison bridges the classical and folk music traditions.
She has performed around the world with such artists as the Metro Chamber Orchestra, the Combo Nuvo Orchestra, members of the Silk Road Project, and New York City's Public Theater. She recorded as a guest artist on Twelfth Night, which was nominated for a Drama Desk Award in 2009. Other artists on the album include Hem, Anne Hathaway, Rául Esparza, and Audra McDonald. Additional guest artist recordings include The Green Fields and the Mountains High and Winter.
Leslie is a founding member of Folk Ragoût and New Time Ensemble; both groups have released CDs and performed in Europe and the United States. In 2011, New Time Ensemble was included on the Best of Edinburgh Folk Club album, and in 2012, Folk Ragoût was a selected performer at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference in Longmont, Colorado. Since then, both groups have performed and taught at venues and festivals around the United States.
Leslie has given workshops for classical and folk musicians in Ireland and across the United States, subjects including: Classical Flute and Extended Technique, Classical Music for Traditional Musicians, Classical to Traditional Irish Flute, Irish Flute Ornamentation and Technique, French Breton Flute, Aural Theory, Music Theory, and Celtic Ensemble for Classical Musicians.
She currently runs her own flute and piano studio and is on the music faculty at Swallow Hill Music.
Leslie holds a Master of Music in Classical Flute Performance from New York University and a Master of Arts in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick. In 2009, New York University awarded her the Graduate Woodwind Award for outstanding contributions to the music program. She has studied with Nicole Rabata, Carl Dimow, Wendy Herbener Mehne, Robert Dick, Niall Keegan, and Majella Bartley.
Born in Paris, Frédéric Pouille grew up in a family of artists. During his childhood, he studied piano and music theory at the French Conservatoire School of Music.
He is now a talented singer and multi-instrumentalist, playing guitar, banjo, mandolin, and Irish flute. Frédéric is a specialist of traditional music and dance from French Brittany and is an expert in percussive guitar, finger picking, and open tunings. He has taught workshops at the University of Limerick, Laramie County Community College, the Céilí at the Roundhouse Festival, and the Spanish Peaks International Celtic Festival.
He is a founding member of Folk Ragoût and New Time Ensemble, with which he recorded two albums: Folk Ragoût: Musiques Folk du Monde and A Year In Ireland. He has performed in Ireland, Scotland and the United States and he is currently producing his début solo album. Frédéric also performs with the Beth Gadbaw Trio. Most recently, he appears as a guest artist on The Green Fields and the Mountains High.
In addition to being a musician, Frédéric conducts research into the structure and function of neuronal networks and has been published in Science and Nature.
Frédéric holds a Master of Science in Neuroscience from the University of Strasbourg, a PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Zurich, and a Master of Arts in Irish Traditional Music Performance from the University of Limerick.