PORTLAND — Portland Ovations will bring the high-energy Quebecois musical trio De Temps Antan to the University of Southern Maine on Saturday, May 7.

Since 2003, Eric Beaudry, Andre Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have performed time-honored melodies from Quebec’s musical past, playing fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and other instruments.

De Temps Antan, a double-entendre name meaning both “from time to time” and “in olden days,” keeps alive the traditional folk songs of the small Quebecois villages where their grandparents and relatives grew up. “For us, it’s not only the story of the music we need to tell, but we try to live the story on stage, to really get across what you’d hear and feel and do during a family party,” said accordionist Dupuis.

All three members previously performed with the celebrated ensemble La Bottine Souriante, of which Beaudry remains a member.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in pop guitar and jazz, Beaudry began teaching traditional music at Joliette’s CEGEP regional de Lanaudiere. Fiddle master Brunet was featured in the opening ceremony of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dupuis hails from a lineage where traditional music was always at the forefront of daily life but did not start playing the accordion until age 18. He brings humor and a warmhearted charisma to every performance.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. in Hannaford Hall. For tickets, $34, call PortTix at 842-0800, visit the box office at Merrill Auditorium or log on to www.portlandovations.org.


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