LEWISTON — New England Celtic Arts will present Maritime Canada’s leading Acadian band Vishten on Tuesday, Aug. 31, at the Franco American Heritage Center.

Over the past seven years, the band has toured its brand of new-traditional Acadian music in more than 1,000 performances rendered in eight different countries.

It will also perform Wednesday, Sept. 1, at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage; and Thursday, Sept. 2, at Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity.

Curtain is at 7 p.m. at the Franco center and at Skye Theatre; and at 7:30 at UCCPA. Pre-show jam sessions will begin 45 minutes prior to curtain at Skye and Unity.

Twin sisters Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc of Prince Edward Island, Canada, teamed up with Pascal Miousse and Louis-Charles Vigneau of the nearby Magdelen Islands to create a sound that is essentially Celtic, but with a difference. The songs are French, sung by each band member, alone or in four-part harmony. The foot percussion drives the rhythm in a fiddle tune at times yet refrains itself in the gentler musical moments.

Band members are accomplished multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers incorporating the fiddle, guitar, accordion, penny-whistle, banjo, mandolin, piano, jaw-harp and bodhran into each performance.

Today the four members who make up Vishten, Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc, Pascal Miousse and newest member Louis-Charles Vigneau, have become a distinctive and powerful international voice for traditional music from this part of the world.

These musicians, who are still in their early years, have made a conscious choice to play and interpret in new ways the music they learned from their parents’ generation.

Concert tickets are $20. For tickets, call the Franco center at 689-2000 (or visit www.francoamericanheritage.org), Skye Theatre at 562-4445 or UCCPA at 948-7469. The Franco center is at 46 Cedar St., Lewiston. Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road in South Carthage. UCCPA is at 42 Depot St., Unity.


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