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Acadian Super group Vishten at Skye
REGION -- New England Celtic Arts, in collaboration with the Maine Celtic Celebration, will present Vishten at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in So Carthage on Wednesday, July 10; at Deertrees Theatre in Harrison on Thursday, July 11; and at Route 27 Arts on Friday, July 12 in Stratton.
Curtain is 7 p.m. at each venue other than Deertrees at 7:30 p.m.
There's an old saying that goes something like, “Go out and make your mark in the world exploring the new ways but don't turn your back on your roots.” The members of Vishten have been doing just that for the past 10 years, touring their brand of new-traditional Acadian music in over 1000 performances rendered in eight different countries.
Made up of seventh generation Acadians living separate but parallel musical experiences, twin sisters Pastelle and 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. The sound is essentially Celtic but with a difference.
The songs are French, sung by each band member, alone or in three part harmony. The foot percussion drives the rhythm in a fiddle tune at times yet refrains itself in the gentler musical moments. The band members are accomplished multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers incorporating the fiddle, guitar, accordion, penny-whistle, banjo, mandolin, piano, jaw-harp and bodhran into each performance. They are surely making their mark in the world today as their musical maturity comes through to captivate audiences wherever they play.
And now three young musicians each pursuing their own version of a personal musical road guided by their own inherent traditions have collectively arrived at the same intersection at the same point in time. These musicians who are still in their early years have made a conscious choice to play and interpret in new ways the music they learned from their parents’ generation. It certainly must stem from a deep respect for and love of the sounds and rhythms forged by the musicians who have come before, inspiring them to create anew and carry this music into the future. Vishtèn has evolved into a group that will leave its own legacy and inspire musicians for generations to come.
Vishten will be featured artists at the Maine Celtic Celebration in Belfast Maine July 20-21.
Skye Theater is located three miles west of East Dixfield village at 2 Highland Dr. off Winter Hill Road and Rt. 2 in South Carthage. Deertrees Theatre is at 156 Deertrees Rd. in Harrison. Route 27 Arts is located at the Stratton Community Building 88 Main St., Stratton. For reservations call Skye Theatre at 562-4445, for Deertrees at 583-6747; for Route 27 Arts 264-2300 (answered as Flagstaff Fuel); for Phillips tickets are at the door.