A native of Quebec’s Saguenay region, Philippe Brach writes lewd folk, a genre he built from scratch as a tribute to those who like to pigeonhole things. Some claim his songs are imprinted with the mythical son du Lac, a sound associated with rock music from the Saguenay–Lac St Jean. We’ll leave it to you to decide. One thing’s for sure: he delivers songs, folk, rock, country, and lyrics that talk about real things. His style is tuneful, it’s irreverent, it’s raw, and it takes you out of your comfort zone. Compromise? Never heard of it. Barely 23, he’s already racked up an impressive number of performances. In 2013, he won the grand prize in the Ma première Place des Arts songwriting competition and the SOCAN Best Song Award, performed not once but three times at the FrancoFolies de Montréal, and won three awards (including the SiriusXM grand prize) at the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée. For his NAC concert , he will perform selections from his latest album, Portraits de Famine.