Some time ago I have presented the group Vishtén from Acadia / Canada who plays great fiddle music with powerfull step dance.
In the meantime I have discovered two other bands from the same region, Acadia and the St. Edward Islands in Canada. Today I want to present Gadelle – four energized women with fiddle, guitar, mandolin or mandola and keyboard – and with a lot of stepdace and footstepping too.
This is a text taken from the Gadelle homepage:
Well they’re back at it…Helene Bergeron and Louise Arsenault, that is, along with some newly acquired musical friends….from the next generation of young traditionally inspired musicians…right on their doorstep…right here in the Evangeline region of Prince Edward Island.
After ten years of touring the world with the seminal Acadian traditional band Barachois, the girls felt the need to reconnect with their home, their families, their other interests and so decided to leave the road and the touring life; Barachois ended. Yet through it all, they continued to pursue their primary passion…music. Not just any music, but the music of their fathers, Eddy Arsenault and Alyre Gallant, and the many musical mentors from past generations. The pursuit of Acadian music from this corner of the small Island of Prince Edward (the original French settlers, their forefathers, knew it as Isle Saint- Jean) never ended. On the contrary, the music lives on and has continued to grow and flourish.
Three summers of playing music locally at the Confederation Centre for the Arts, numerous regional festivals and one or two in the U.S. with a gifted bunch of 5 young women musicians (young enough to be their daughters) loosely titled “Les Girls” has rekindled their passion to take this music once again to the world stage, this time with two of these young women, Caroline Bernard and Samantha Gallant. Just as Lousie and Helene have inherited their understanding of music from their father’s and mother’s generation, Caroline and Samantha have also, but from Louise and Helene’s generation.
So here are some videos with Gadelle and a playlist. At the end of this post I have also added an interesting video about the Acadian culture and music.
Gadelle Live at the Skye Theatre
Gadelle. “Live at the Mission Folk Music Festival, 2010”
Gadelle, July 25th 2010. These ladies will remind you what east coast Acadian music is all about: A Killer Performance_which will knock your socks off!
Helen Bergeron_Acoustic Guitar, foot percussion, knives and forks.
Louise Arsenault_Fiddle & foot percussion.
Anastasia Deroches_Fiddle & foot percussion.
Great live sound at this event by:Steve Dark.
**Audio recorded on a simple Zoom H4n in audiance location.
Video clip & audio processing courtesy of Garth @ TaterWorks, in support of our local music community.. Thanks for watching!
Acadian Music, Culture, Festivals and Genealogy in Nova Scotia
Homepage of the former group Barachois: http://barachois.com/
Fiddling – an article about fiddling from the Canadian Encyclopedia: http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.com
My previous post about the group Vishtén:
Vishtèn – Acadian Folk and Step Dance