Boréal Tordu will perform at Nordica Auditorium


Boréal Tordu will perform at Nordica Auditorium

FARMINGTON — On Saturday, May 15, the Arts Institute of Western Maine will present Boréal Tordu, a Maine-based musical combo rooted in the traditional music of Acadians, the original French-speaking settlers of Maine.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. at the University of Maine at Farmington’s Nordica Auditorium.

Boréal Tordu will celebrate its most recent album, “Les Chevaliers,” released in 2009, which draws on traditional and contemporary themes in Acadian, Cajun, Québécois, Manouche, Maritime and Downeast music.

Band members are Acadian cousins Steve Muise on fiddle and accordion, and singer-songwriter/dobroist Robert Sylvain; Pip Walter on guitar; and Andy Buckland on upright bass and backup vocals.

Opening for Boréal Tordu will be the Franklin County Fiddlers, the multistylistic fiddle band from Mt. Blue High School, directed by Muise. The fiddlers have performed from Quebec and Nova Scotia to Ireland and last year combined a concert tour of the deep South with Katrina relief efforts in New Orleans.

Admission at the door is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors; free for children under 16. No advance ticket sales. Nordica Auditorium is on the second floor of Merrill Hall at Main and Academy streets. For more information, visit or