8th Step - Vishtèn

In the North Atlantic Ocean, in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence off of Canada's east coast, lays tiny Prince Edward Island and nearby, the even smaller archipelago known as the Magdalen Islands (les Îles de la Madeleine). In addition to being connected today by a ferryboat, both Islands have a shared history and a shared cultural tie that dates back several centuries.

The group is made up of seventh generation Acadians living separate but parallel musical experiences. Twin sisters Pastelle & Emmanuelle LeBlanc from Prince Edward Island, Canada have teamed up with Pascal Miousse from the nearby Magdelen Islands to create a sound that incorporates elements of the new ways while retaining and staying true to the essential Acadian spirit of their roots.

Their captivating music is essentially Celtic, but with a difference.

The songs are French, sung by each band member either solo or in four-part harmony. Foot percussion drives a fiddle tune but goes quiet in the gentler musical moments. Accomplished multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers, these musicians bring fiddle, guitar, accordion, pennywhistle, banjo, mandolin, piano, jaw-harp and bodhran into each awe-inspiring, joyful performance. Remarquable!

“THE BURNING FIRES OF ACADIA!” - Le Télégramme, France

“THE ACADIAN BAND THAT MIXES RHYTHMS OR IRRESISTIBLE DANCING AND CLIMBING NOTES AND VOICES TO THE SKY…HIGH VOLTAGE MUSICIANS” - Le Guérat, France

8th Step - Vishtèn Saturday, April 20, 2013, 7:30 pm
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