RUMFORD – The family has grown and spread out across the world, with two sons in the military and a daughter raising a family, but Friday, May 23, the Leblanc family will return for a show at the Eagles Club.

It has been about 15 years since the Leblancs last performed at the club.

Don’s roots since 1915 have been in Rumford, where his grandfather, father and brothers all played music from the 1930s through the 1960s.

Although family members started out primarily with bluegrass, they realized their hearts are really in Franco-American music when Don started playing fiddle at Franco-American Festivals with the C’est Si Bon band in 1993.

Today, they perform a variety of music from folklore, bluegrass and old-time country to Cajun.

Don’s wife, Linda, grew up in a home where her parents spoke and sang in French. She wanted their children to enjoy the same traditions and taught them to sing French songs. Kevin, a master sergeant in the Air Force, is currently stationed in Germany and will be coming home for the festival season.

Jackie plays bass and sings with a powerful tenor voice. She is raising her family in Jay. Her son Chris is playing guitar and often plays with the family on stage. He also sings with his sister Jaimee.

Jim plays bass, guitar and sings lead and tenor. A resident of Buxton, he has served in the military since 1996, three years of active duty in the Army and is currently in the National Guard full time.

Gerry Meservier has been playing drums for the family since 1993.

Doors will open at 5 p.m, with a turkey dinner served at 5:30. Music, both French and English songs, will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets, $10, can be purchased at the door or call 369-9760 or 364-3698. The Eagles Club is at 129 Rumford Ave.


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