Isabelle Lemelin is a professional harmonica player from Quebec City.
A multi-faceted artist, Isabelle received her BA in Fine Arts and Creative Writing from Université Laval in 2009 as well as her D.E.C. in Fine Arts (sculpture) from CÉGEP Limoilou in 2004. Her talent in these sectors, earned Isabelle a special mention for her work Embrasure, for the Biennale internationale du lin de Portneuf event held in 2005, as well as the Première Ovation scholarship in literary arts, in 2013, for her first poetry collection Blessure sacrée.
At 15 years old, Isabelle received her first diatonic harmonica. Playing it everyday felt totally natural to her. This little instrument quickly became her life purpose. She dove head first and deepened her knowledge by studying with bluesman Jay Sewall, harmonica teacher Sylvain Rodrigue, and her mentor Rick L. Blues. Isabelle Lemelin’s passion and intensity impresses her audience and is a real treat for the ears.
Developing her passion for the diatonic harmonica for over 20 years, Isabelle is now achieving her life long dream, that of being a professional harmonica player and sharing her passion with others. She made her on-stage debut in 2014 with the group Kabouche, a quintet of harmonica players performing a diverse and convivial repertoire. Since 2016, Isabelle Lemelin has been working in partnership with Richard Carr, one of Quebec’s most beloved blues/jazz icons. Together they crafted an engaging and refreshing duo that draws on folk, jazz, blues, swing, pop, and R&B roots.
Isabelle Lemelin regularly performs with her acoustic duo and trio as well as with an electric band, accompanied by three, four, five or eight musicians. Her venues are just as diverse as her repertoire and include bars, clubs, house concerts, corporate events, concert halls, and major festivals, to name a few.