WEDNESDAY FOLK TRADITIONS PRESENTS: Josée Vachon, JULY 18, 2018
Wednesday Folk Traditions at the Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum continues on July 18, 2018 with Josée Vachon, award-winning Franco-American singer/songwriter and former host of Bonjour! performing traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia with energy, charm and a bit of clogging. This performance and all Wednesday Folk Traditions concerts are held Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm in the Sunken Garden. Admission is $12, $2 for children 16 and under. Picnickers are welcome on the museums grounds starting at 5:00 pm. The museum and its grounds are a smoke-free site.
Josée Vachon’s “joie de vivre is synonymous with French music in New England.” For over twenty-five years she has been an ambassador of Franco-American traditional music in Canada and New England. Born in Quebec and raised in Maine, Vachon has performed traditional and original songs in French for hundreds of folk and educational concerts. She performs songs from regions of Quebec and Acadia that were brought with families’ migrations through New England. Many are call-and-response style (chansons à répondre) accompanied by French-Canadian foot rhythm. Beloved for her enchanting voice, delightful and witty performance style, and her education on Franco-American history, she is perhaps best known for her 11 years as the host of Bonjour!, the most widely seen French language cable TV show produced in the U.S. In July 1993, she co-founded the Franco-American folk group Chanterelle with award-winning fiddler Donna Hébert and singer/guitarist Liza Constable. Vachon has released 12 solo records, as well as two with Chanterelle.
Vachon has established herself as a foremost educator on Franco-American history through her music and performance. She was just named to the New Hampshire Franco-American Hall of Fame on June 24th. She performed for more than 20,000 spectators in The Christmas Revels in Cambridge, MA in December 2016, an Acadian culture-themed show. As well, Vachon contributed an original song on Smithsonian Folkways’ CD, Mademoiselle voulez-vous danser: Franco-American Music from the New England Borderlands, a Top Ten Folk Music CD pick from NPR in 1999. Her music was also featured in La Bolduc, a documentary for Canada's History Channel. She has gained acclaim here in the Pioneer Valley, with the Valley Advocate hailing her “A true chanteuse whose flying feet will heat up the hall while her voice melts your heart.”
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