Music plays large role in Clare festival

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Music is a big part of the 2010 Clare Acadian festival, from an opening concert featuring the group 1755, among others, to a closing show that will include Lennie Gallant, JP LeBlanc and BeauPhare.

Both concerts will be held at the Clare Social Club in Little Brook.

Besides 1755, the opening concert, scheduled for Thursday evening, July 29, will include La Baie en Joie and a tribute to the late Herb LeBlanc, the popular Acadian musician who died last year.

Fais dodo en Acadie, an evening of music on Saturday, July 31 (also at the Clare Social Club), will feature The Lost Bayou Ramblers, Tee Mamou CajunBand and Cadiens.

Another musical highlight of this year’s Acadian festival is the President’s Night show set for Saturday, Aug. 7, featuring Pascal Lejeune, at the Marc Lescarbot Theatre, Universite Sainte-Anne.

The following is some biographical information on some of the musical acts that are part of the 2010 Clare festival:

1755 This group of musicians from New-Brunswick is known as the “Rolling Stones of Acadie” and has performed all over the world with their mix of instrumentals, traditional  and original songs. They had a lot of success between 1975 and 1984 when they were releasing albums and touring. They were a driving force behind the Acadian musical movement on an international level.

Lost Bayou Ramblers This band of five musicians from Louisiana started out in 1999 and has a repertoire of early accordion dancehall tunes, pre-century fiddle tunes and Cajun swing. Their CD Live A La Blue Moon received a Grammy nomination and their recent releases have been receiving critical acclaim across North America and Europe.

Tee Mamou Cajun Band

Tee (petit - small in French) Mamou Cajun Band specializes in the traditional Prairie Cajun music style. The band’s songs speak a lot about the hardships endured by the Acadians during the deportation, but they play in an upbeat way and try to inspire the audience to have a good time. One of the leading members of the group, Larry Miller, has done a lot of work to promote the French immersion programs at Université Sainte-Anne.

Cadiens Cadiens is a local group from the Clare area who have adopted the Cajun style of music. Their upbeat music gets people on their feet and dancing.

Pascal Lejeune This young Acadian musician was discovered during the 2003 Francofête festival in Moncton. He performs on stage along with two multi-talented musicians. Since 2007 he has performed over 200 concerts and released 2 CDs. He has played his music all over Canada, in France, Switzerland, Belgium and at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

BeauPhare A group of musicians from Baie Sainte-Marie, BeauPhare play a vast repertoire of songs; from Acadian, Celtic and folk to traditional. They play instrumentals, their own songs and songs borrowed and adapted to their style.

JP LeBlanc JP started playing guitar when he was 11. His father told him he should listen to blues music to become a good guitarist. A few weeks before he turned 16, he released a demo CD called Just the Beginning. His second album, Take Me Back, was nominated for blues recording of the year by the ECMA.

Lennie Gallant Lennie Gallant is from Prince Edward Island and released his first album in 1988 called Breakwater. In 2002 he realized his dream of releasing a French album with Le vent bohème, his sixth studio album. He has received 14 East Coast Music Awards with his nine albums, two of which are in French.

Organizations: Clare Social Club, Marc Lescarbot Theatre, Rolling Stones Université Sainte-Anne

Geographic location: Clare, La Baie, New-Brunswick Louisiana North America Moncton Canada France Switzerland Belgium Prince Edward Island

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