Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:00pm – 10:45pm

Franco-American Music at Branford Folk Jan. 12

Sponsored by: Branford Folk Music Society

Called the “ambassadrice” of Franco-American music, Josée Vachon will present French-Canadian foot rhythm and songs from her Quebec and northern Maine upbringing, as well as originals about her culture, when she kicks off the Branford Folk Music Society’s 2019 concert season on Saturday, Jan. 12.

  The concert will take place at 8 p.m. in the auditorium of the First Congregational Church, 1009 Main Street on the Branford Green. Admission for the concert is $20 for non-members of the society, $17 for members and $5 for children 12 years and younger. For more information, call 203-488-7715 or http://branfordfolk.org/

  In a sentence, Vachon captures the “joie de vivre” of New England’s Franco-American culture with her warm vocals and fun-loving, engaging anecdotes. This is a return visit for her to the 45-year-old Branford Folk coffeehouse.

Vachon has been sharing her ethnic upbringing with audiences for over 25 years. She began singing publicly with the support of the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine, where she discovered others who shared her rich heritage. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in Romance Languages in 1984, she continued to perform, quickly gaining recognition as a new Franco-American voice through early performances at festivals, schools and church parish soirées.

She has presented her music at hundreds of venues throughout the world as varied as Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.; the Congrès Mondial du Conseil International d’Etudes Francophones in Martinique, and the Festival été indien in St-Etienne, France.

Her numerous international television appearances include “Bonjour!” on which she made over 500 tapings from March 1987 to April 1998 of what became the most widely viewed French-language television show in the United States.

In 1999 she received the National Culture through the Arts Award from the New York State Association of Foreign Language Teachers, and was inducted into the French-Canadian Hall of Fame Class of 2007 for the American-French Genealogical Society.

Vachon made her Branford Folk Society debut in 2014, appearing with master fiddler Donna Hébert, a fellow New Englander. In folk music circles, she is well recognized as a co-founder in 1993 of the folk group Chanterelle with Hébert and singer/guitarist Liza Constable. They were often joined by upright bass and Cajun accordion player Alan Bradbury. The group released the albums “French in America” and “Soirée Chez Nous”.

She also has 12 solo recordings to her credit and her music is included in “La Bolduc”, a documentary made for Canada’s History Channel; in Microsoft’s AutoMap Trip Planner software; and on the Smithsonian Folkways album, “Mademoiselle voulez-vous danser: Franco-American music from the New England Borderlands”.

Admission: $20, $17
First Congregational Church of Branford
1009 Main Street
Branford
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