AUGUSTA — The state of Maine and the province of New Brunswick will present the Songwriters Circle: Songs Without Borders. Performing together for the first time, this event will bring four talented singer-songwriters together on one stage: Denny Breau and Josée Vachon, from Maine and Caroline Savoie and Danny Boudreau from New Brunswick.

The show will be presented twice: at 9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, in Edmundston (Pavillon sportif) and at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 18, in Fort Kent (Fox Auditorium—University of Maine at Fort Kent). Both evenings will be hosted by Sylvie Martin. Admission is free for both presentations.

With the 2014 World Acadian Congress fast approaching, representatives from the concert regions expressed the desire to organize this cultural event to be held at the WAC. The event features two artists from each region and reflects the progress that has been made regarding the Memorandum of Understanding Between The State of Maine and The Province of New Brunswick to Enhance the Mutual Benefits of Maine/New Brunswick Cultural Relations Through the Establishment of a Maine/New Brunswick Cultural Initiative.

What is a songwriters circle?

Songwriters sit in a circle and, one by one, present songs to each other and to the audience. Traditionally the audience sits around the circle and each performer talks about the story of the song, giving personal insight on its origins and meaning. The performances are typically acoustic and presented in an intimate setting.

From Maine, Breau is known as a “triple threat:” a consummate picker, evocative songwriter. Originally from Quebec but raised in Maine, Vachon has been sharing her passion for traditional and contemporary folk singing for over 25 years.

From New Brunswick, Savoie is a newcomer on the Acadian music scene. She attracted the attention of more than 10 million TV viewers in Europe while competing on The Voice. Petit-Rocher’s Boudreau is one of Canada’s most respected singer-songwriters. 

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