LEWISTON – The Franco-American Heritage Center on Cedar Street will present Boreal Tordu at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 8, in the performance hall.

The band’s music is a rhythmical, lyrical blend of Acadian folk, Cajun swing, maritime ballads, fiddle tunes and foot-stomping French dance music.

One of the musicians in Boreal Tordu is Robert Sylvain. Having found his Acadian roots and the rich musical heritage that came with it, he has reworked many of his earlier songs into the Cajun style, as well as writing new originals in French. Sylvain also does sound acquisition for film and video and serves as artistic director of Gigafone Records, which features documentary-style recordings of acoustic music in unusual settings.

Fiddler Steve Muise is Canadian at heart; his parents are first and second generation Acadians from Nova Scotia. Wishing to communicate with traditional French musicians and his relatives, he has been studying French with a friend from Québec and spent the summer of 2002 in French immersion at the Université de Sainte Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia. He plays his late grandfather’s accordion and a violin handmade in Maine. Muise teaches orchestra and The Franklin County Fiddlers in Farmington, and teaches at the Maine Fiddle Camp.

Ron Bonnevie plays trap and percussion for Tordu when he isn’t coaching the University of Maine at Farmington ski team. A Quebecois, he is fluent in French and three-quarter time.

Advance tickets, $8, may be purchased at Victor News on Park Street in Lewiston; tickets will be $10 at the door.

For more information, people may visit www.franco-americanheritage.org or call 783-1585.


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