October 3, 2008
Popular singer-songwriter, Josée Vachon, returns to the St. John Valley to perform her traditional and contemporary Acadian folk music at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Sunday, November 9 at 2 p.m. in Fox Auditorium.
The event is sponsored by the UMFK Foundation.
No stranger to the St. John Valley, Josée Vachon was born in Québec and raised in Maine. She has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for more than 25 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Québec and Acadia, as well as through her own compositions.
Also performing that night at UMFK will be Daniel Morin from Grand isle. An aspiring singer-songwriter, Daniel has devoted himself full-time to song writing, both in English and in French. He will accompany himself on guitar for two songs during the second set.
Josée Vachon often entertained at family gatherings, but she began singing publicly with the support of the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine, where she discovered others who shared her rich heritage. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance Languages in 1984, she continued to perform, and quickly gained recognition as a new Franco-American voice through her early performances at state festivals in Lewiston and Madawaska, at schools, and at parish soirées.
In 1999 she received the National Culture through the Arts award from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, and was recently inducted into the French-Canadian Hall of Fame Class of 2007 for the American-French Genealogical Society.
Her music has been included in La Bolduc, a documentary for Canada’s History Channel; a regional music clip on Microsoft’s AutoMap Trip Planner software; and the Smithsonian Folkways CD Mademoiselle voulez-vous danser: Franco-American music from the New England Borderlands. The song Entre moi originally was performed with the folk group, Chanterelle.
In July 1993, Vachon co-founded the folk group, Chanterelle, with award-winning fiddler Donna Hébert and singer/guitarist Liza Constable. The group often performed with bassist and Cajun accordion player Alan Bradbury. The group released the CDs French in America (1994) and Soiree Chez Nous (1996).
Vachon has 12 solo recordings to her credit, and continues to perform and record the music that best represents her love of Franco-American culture.
Tickets for the UMFK Foundation-sponsored performance are priced at $10 each and are available through the University Development Office, Shop-n-Save stores, Chasse Chiropractic, and at the door. Please call 207-834-7800 for more information.