Franco-American SoireeQuebec folk musicians featured at Colby College “kitchen party” event

The public was invited to celebrate Maine's French heritage at a festive Franco-American soirée on Wednesday, March 14 [2018], at Colby College. Taking place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the college's Page Commons, the free event featured an array of French Canadian cultural traditions, encompassing fiddle music, songs, dancing and cuisine.

Special guest performers for the evening were the duo “Zigue”: fiddler/singer Claude Méthé and guitarist/singer Dana Whittle who hail from Ste-Béatrix, Québec. They kicked off the show with an hour of songs and dance tunes, some of which were vintage French Canadian favorites and others which they themselves composed.

Following the concert, attendees were invited to participate in some authentic old-time Quebecois contra and square dances led by Cindy Larock of Lewiston, a master dance teacher with the Maine Arts Commission's Traditional Arts Program. In the true “family” spirit of a Franco-American kitchen party, Claude & Dana were joined on stage by members of Maine's own folk music community, including 12-year-old Winthrop fiddler Owen Kennedy, as well as several student musicians from Colby. The evening culminated with an open jam session between the performers and attendees.

This event was presented by the Colby College Music Department and Center for the Arts and Humanities in collaboration with the Maine Folque Co-op.