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UMFK Foundation's fall performance features Boréal Tordu

September 29, 2009


The University of Maine at Fort Kent Foundation will present a performance by the Maine-based acoustical style band, Boréal Tordu, on Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the University’s Fox Auditorium.     

Admission to the performance is $10 per person. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Shop N’ Save, Chasse Chiropractic, the UMFK Development office, or they may be purchased at the door.      

The band features Acadian fiddler/accordionist extraordinaire, Steve Muise, named Maine Music Educator of the Year 2007, and Acadian singer-songwriter and dobro player, Rob Sylvain, known for his work in the band Douce featuring Matthew Doucet of Lafayette, Louisiana.       Rounding out the band’s rhythm section is Pip Walter on guitar and backing vocals and Andy Buckland on upright bass.     

Boréal Tordu’s music represents a continuation of musical traditions passed down from the Acadians, the Québécois, and the unique French-speaking people of the Republic of Madawaska and mill towns all over New England. The musical combo performs to enthusiastic English and French-speaking audiences throughout New England, the Adirondacks of New York, Quebec, and the Canadian Maritimes.     

Boréal Tordu began when Muise and Sylvain discovered a mutual interest in the music of their shared Acadian heritage.  Both are sons of native French-speaking parents. Both ended up finding their roots through their music. More than a revival, this is the reinvention of a culture almost lost to a new generation.      

 Their 2006 release La Bonne Vie was called “an inspiration to the Franco-American community” by Dirty Linen Magazine, and has been heard on the PBS series “Now with Bill Moyers.”   

Nominated three times for the Portland Phoenix reader’s poll award for Best World Music Act, Boréal Tordu continues to innovate and abide in a genre by itself.     

For more information, please contact Linda Deprey at (207) 834-7800