The Folque Co-op invited the renowned French-Canadian musical group Le Bruit Court dans la Ville (The Buzz
Around Town) to Lewiston September 1-2, 2015, for a series of events designed to engage all ages. Le Bruit Court dans la Ville
The members of this dynamic trio – guitarist/singer André Marchand, accordionist/singer Normand Miron and fiddler Lisa Ornstein – are luminaries of Canada's traditional music scene, with Marchand having co-founded the legendary Quebecois band La Bottine Souriante back in the mid-'70s. La Bottine Souriante
During their visit in Lewiston, they offered workshops in both instrumental music and song, were the instigators for a multi-generational community party, and presented a final concert during which young local fiddlers had the opportunity to perform with them on stage. [To « young local fiddlers », add link of Owen & Aya playing with Le Bruit at Olin]
The trio began their two-day residency with instructional sessions in fiddle, guitar and button accordion which attracted eager musicians ranging in age from 10 to 60-something. This was followed by a lively evening of music and dancing for which Le Bruit led an orchestra made up of more than a dozen Maine fiddlers, guitarists and accordion players drawn from those workshops, with vintage singers and musicians from the local Franco community invited to make special guest appearances. Designed to evoke the old-time Franco-American kitchen-party spirit, this festive affair offered attendees both young & old to get out onto the dance floor for some polkas, waltzes, and fun-&-easy contra & square dancing led by Folque Co-op founder/director Cindy Larock, a master teacher in Franco dancing with the Maine Arts Commission's Traditional Arts Program.
The next day, Andre, Normand and Lisa led a song-session in which a large group of mostly-senior Franco-Americans joined them in singing a selection of favorite “chansons à répondre¨ (response songs) from Quebec. The trio ended their two-day stay that evening with a joyous main-stage concert at Bates College's Olin Arts Center.
Organized by the Maine Folque Co-op, Le Bruit Court dans la Ville's local residency was made possible through the cooperation of its community partners: the Dept. of French and Francophone Studies at Bates College, the Franco-American Collection at Lewiston-Auburn College, and the Franco Center. Generous funding support was provided by DownEast Friends of the Folk Arts.