LEWISTON — Top-rated Quebecois traditional band De Temps Antan will take the stage Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Franco-American Heritage Center.

The trio, known for performing memorable songs of yesteryear with a hint of contemporary, deep-rooted couplets and impromptu shifts, will also play Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in Carthage on Wednesday, Aug 10; Unity College Center for the Performing Arts in Unity on Thursday, Aug. 11; and the Fisherman’s Wharf Inn in Boothbay Harbor on Friday, Aug. 12.

Curtain is at 7 p.m. at the Franco center and Skye Theatre, 7:30 p.m. at Unity and 8 p.m. at the Fisherman’s Wharf. There will be jam sessions at Skye and Unity one hour prior to curtain.

Since 2003, Eric Beaudry, Andre Brunet, and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have performed lively concerts with the joie de vivre found in traditional Quebec music. They play fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments.

Beaudry, raised by a family entrenched in music, began singing and playing guitar at age 10. He has won several awards, including a 2002 Prix Mnemo for his role in producing the album “Musique gaspesienne,” featuring violinist Edouard Richard. In 2003, he became a member of the acclaimed folk/Quebecois band La Bottine Souriante.

Brunet, who grew up in Lacolle, in Quebec’s Monteregie region, began playing the violin at age 9. Along with his brother Rejean, he created the band Les Freres Brunet and went on to record several albums and perform at concerts worldwide. In 1997, he joined La Bottine Souriante and toured with the band for 10 years.

Dupuis, born in Louiseville, in Quebec’s Mauricie region, hails from a lineage in which traditional music was always at the forefront of daily life. Although he began singing with his family at a young age, he didn’t take up the accordion until he was 18. A year later, he founded Les Langues Fourchures, with whom he recorded his first album in 2001. He joined La Bottine Souriante in 2003.

Concert tickets are $15 (except Fisherman’s Wharf, $25 for dinner/concert). The Franco center is at 46 Cedar St.; Skye Theater is at 2 Highland Drive off Winter Hill Road in Carthage; the UCCPA is at 42 Depot St., Unity; and Fisherman’s Wharf Inn is at 22 Commercial St. in Boothbay Harbor. For tickets, call the Franco center at 783-1585, Skye at 562-4445, UCCPA at 948-7469 or Fisherman’s Wharf Inn at 800-628-6872.

The Quebecois traditional band De Temps Antan will perform on Tuesday, Aug. 9, at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston as part of its Maine tour.


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