Welcome to the Maine Folque Co-Op website. Our mission at the Maine Folque Co-op is to honor Maine's cultural heritage by bringing the generations together through traditional music and dance.
We've undertaken a variety of projects toward this end over the past several years. The photo above is from one of our earliest undertakings, a 2012 community residency by noted Quebecois folk artist Benoit Bourque and his son Antoine which served to spotlight and celebrate Lewiston's French-Canadian roots. In 2015 we sponsored another residency featuring the trio Le Bruit Court dans la Ville, and also hosted a group of gifted teen fiddlers from NY in a series of performances for local schoolchildren and senior citizens. In 2018 we brought in the duo Zigue for three days of activities which encompassed high school and college students as well as elders from the local Franco- American community. All of this is in addition to our own music program which provides an opportunity for fledgling Maine folk fiddlers to develop and share their talents with the support of veteran folk musicians from the area as well as visiting master artists. In the process, we've enjoyed exploring a variety of ethnic music and dance traditions while continuing to support and encourage Maine's own “indigenous” folk dancing - New England contra dancing - and the music that inspires it. Please feel free to explore our website to see some of what we've been up to, or to borrow a tune or two from our Tunes page. And drop us a line if you have questions, would like to offer feedback or have ideas for future activities.