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UMFK Foundation presents dance and folk trio "T-Acadie"

September 14, 2012




The University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation will present for its fall 2012 musical event, T-Acadie, a dance band and folk trio from Bowdoin, Maine, on Sunday, October 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Fox Auditorium.

Tickets to the performance are priced at $10 and may be purchased through the UMFK Development Office at 834-7800, or at the door the day of the event.

T-Acadie plays not only the French dance music from North America (Quebecois, Acadian and Cajun), but also from New England, Maine, and the Canadian Maritime Provinces known as Acadia. The name T-Acadie is Cajun French slang for "a little Acadia." Its repertoire includes old-time tunes and songs, sea shanties, and original tunes written by the band's tunesmith, Pam Weeks, which range from sizzling reels and jigs to mesmerizing aires and sweet waltzes.

The band's members, Pam Weeks, Jim Joseph, and Bill Olson have been playing together for more than twenty years, at first primarily for contra dancing, and quickly discovered their common love for French Canadian and old time Southern dance tunes. As time went on they also discovered their common love for other French music, especially Cajun, and for singing in three-part harmony. Pam, Jim and Bill all are multi-instrumentalists.

T-Acadie is well-known for its close harmony vocals, unusual variety of instruments, and surprising versatility. Equally at home in a dance or a concert setting, the band has played concerts, community dances, festivals, contra and Cajun dances, town celebrations, weddings, and interactive dance and music residencies in schools.