In the early 1920s Gauthier was a pioneer in radio and in the recording of Quebec folk music, making 78s, for Victor and Columbia, of more than 100 songs and monologues, often with Elzéar Hamel. The list of his discs appears in Roll Back the Years and Pionniers du disque folklorique québécois
Gauthier's great achievement as a folklorist remains the successful concert presentations Veillées du bon vieux temps, which he founded in 1921 and produced until 1941 at the Monument national. With great verve Gauthier performed French-Canadian folksongs which at the time were enjoying a surge of popularity.
Gauthier's 40 Chansons d'autrefois (Thérien Frères 1930, 1932) and 40 Autres Chansons d'autrefois (Archambault 1947) were combined in the collection Dans tous les cantons (Archambault 1963). In the preface to 40 Chansons d'autrefois Gauthier was described by Gustave Comte as a 'keen re-creator of our old customs' and an 'irresistible dispenser of good old-fashioned happiness'.
Gauthier's son Paul-Marcel (b Montreal 23 Jan 1910) continued his work, performing his songs in 1964 on four LPs entitled Les Veillées du bon vieux temps (Dom LPs 48001, 48002, 48010, and 48011). Active as a minister in Montreal, the younger Gauthier composed 'wholesome little songs' ('chansons nettes') under the humorous pseudonym Jean-Baptiste Purlenne. About 50 of these songs were recorded on 45-rpm singles for RCA, including 'La Chanson des p'tits poissons' and 'La Chanson du petit voilier,' performed by Marc Gélinas and Paolo Noël respectively.
Author Philippe Laframboise
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