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Friday, July 22, 2011

Last Space Shuttle mission + Acadian?

Yesterday morning was the final landing for Space Shuttle program.

Space Shuttle Atlantis as seen from the International Space Station

Why would I include this under Acadian Heritage News? There is a musician from from Prince Edward Island (now living in Nova Scotia) of Acadian descent whose music made a trip aboard the Shuttle Endeavor in 2009.
At the suggestion of Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, the CD "When we get there" by Lennie Gallant, was brought along for the ride.

Julie Payette, Astronaut

The music on the album is sung in English. He has also recorded two CDs in French. If you would like to hear samples of his music, follow the link below.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Le village historique Acadien -- The Acadian Historic Village, Caraquet, NB

I’m sure many of you have been to Old Sturbridge Village or Plimouth Plantation. There is a similar living history museum in northern New Brunswick, Canada. If you thought understanding the Olde English at Plimouth was difficult, imagine the ancient French spoken by the Acadian role players in this village.

The link below is video tour of the various buildings and actors showcasing their crafts.

It’s about 10 minutes long.
The music:
Le monde a bien changé by the group 1755.
La vielle bross en Acadie by the group Suroît.
Le jardinière du couvent by the group 1755.

The official web site of the Village is below:

s’amuser – have fun!

French music at The Greater New Bedford Summerfest

The Greater New Bedford Summerfest - An International Folk Music and Arts Festival was held July 2nd + 3rd at the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, Downtown New Bedford, Massachusetts.

There were over 50 musical groups performing over the two days.
Le Vent du Nord from Québec and Vishtèn from Prince Edward Island performed on the largest of the 7 stages at the festival.

The Acadian group Vishtèn on the Custom House Stage.

Also performing was singer/dancer Benoit Bourque from Québec.