Vishten-French Canadian music from Prince Edward Island and the Magdalen Islands

Thu Mar 21, 12pm
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Vishten is a powerful trio of Acadian singers and multi-instruments who perform Canadian music with French and Celtic roots and rock energy. Acadians are the descendants of French settlers of Canada’s Atlantic provinces. Prince Edward Island is home to a small but thriving a Francophone Acadian community with a rich tradition of song and instrumental music. Nearby, the archipelago of the Magdalen Islands (les Îles de la Madeleine) is recognized for its distinctive French dialect, vibrant folksong tradition, and unique fiddling style. All three members of Vishtèn were raised in homes in which traditional music, percussive dance and kitchen parties were part of everyday life. From their traditional roots, these three musicians have crafted a unique brand of neo-traditional music that combines extensive archival research, traditional French Acadian songs, virtuosic instrumentals, and original compositions.

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