St. Patrick's Day usually finds us entertaining diners at Governor's Restaurant in Lewiston. COVID has kept us from doing so this year, unfortunately, but here's a look back at some of our past revelries, as well as a special "grand finale" mustered up by our multi-talented Owen Kennedy for 2021.
Other recent Folque Co-op exploits:
Last fall the Folque Co-op provided some lively background music for a plant sale to help raise funds for the new Androscoggin Hospice Thrift Store in Auburn.
The Folque Co-op hosted a jam session at the Thorncrag Nature Santuary in Lewistion last June in honor of Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day. St. John the Baptist is the patron saint of French Canadians and June 24 is his feast day, which is observed as a holiday in Quebec and was also enthusiastically celebrated in Maine's Franco-American communities for many years. The sanctuary's gazebo served as the perfect venue to play an inspiring assortment of French tunes while safely socially-distanced and enjoying beaucoup de fresh air. The tune you hear is - appropriately enough - called Le 24 Juin (The 24th of June). written by noted Quebecois accordionist Phillipe Bruneau as a tribute to Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.
The Mighty Folquemeisters were pleased to be the featured band for the 6/9/19 dance sponsored by the Penobscot Contradancers at the Unitarian Church in Bangor, Maine. Joining them as guest musician was guitarist Benjamin Foss (who, as you can see, also chipped in as a caller).
A high point from the summer of 2018, when our Mighty Folquemeisters were invited to join the fabulous Quebecois trio Genticorum on stage at the American Folk Festival to play for a floor full of enthusiastic dancers. (Caller: our own Cindy Larock, who made it a point to include some fun-&-easy French Canadian dances.)