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UMFK to host Fiddlers' Jamboree on Sunday, February 22

February 9, 2009

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is preparing for the area’s largest jam session and house party for music lovers at the annual Fiddlers’ Jamboree, which will be held on Sunday, February 22 from 1 to 4 p.m. in UMFK’s Fox Auditorium.

The doors will open to the public at 12 noon. The event is open to the public and admission is free. Donations will be greatly appreciated to offset the cost of the event.   

The jamboree brings together talented musicians for an afternoon of impromptu performances. Rising stars as well as seasoned veterans take their turn. The event is an opportunity for people to strut their stuff whether they play an instrument, sing or dance.            

The audience also will be treated with a special opening performance by Les Chanteurs Acadien.  The group has been in existence since 1988. They sing both old and new French Acadian songs.  Les Chanteurs Acadien is a costumed group consisting of guitarist, harmonica player, spoons, and harmonizing group.  

Last year’s event drew more than 35 entertainers from Aroostook County, southern Maine, the St. John Valley and western New Brunswick.  You will be amazed by the talent that lives amongst us. 

The jamboree is very successful and attendance continues to grow with peoples’ feet stomping and cameras rolling.  

UMFK continues to preserve and foster an appreciation of the Acadian and Franco-American heritage and culture by hosting events such as the “Fiddlers’ Jamboree” and the “Sucrerie,” which will be held this year on Thursday, March 19.  

Fiddlers, guitarists, other acoustic musicians, and singers are still invited and encouraged to take part in the Sunday afternoon jam session. 

Interested participants are encouraged to contact in advance of the jamboree, Susan Tardie at (207) 834-7557 or 1-888-879-8635 or Warren Harvey, at (207) 834-3939 before February 15, 2009.