FARMINGTON — One of Montreal’s top bands, an up-tempo and bouncy French Canadian trio, Bon Debarras will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, as part of the Old South Church Concert Series.

Bon Debarras roughly translates into “good riddance.” But in an odd paradox, the group’s energetic, traditional step dancing generally evokes a “wow.” Bon Debarras’ spokesperson Jean-Francoise Dumas explains that the choice of their quirky moniker was based on two things.

“Bon Debarras has two meanings. One is ‘good riddance’ and good riddance is about getting rid of sorrow, anger and all negative energy. We let it go when we play music. We let it out. Also in French, debarras is a place to keep old stuff you don’t want to get rid of. We are like a storage closet where we can go and find traditional influences and inspiration,” Dumas said.

Bon Debarras was born from a chance encounter among three dynamic artists uniting the worlds of music, dance and poetry. More innovative than ever, the trio remains true to the rhythms of French-speaking America with those unambiguous Quebec flavors supported by a newcomer — the fiddle.

The band has played throughout the United States and Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and France.

The stage is set for jigs, dances and some blazing body percussions.

Bon Debarras includes Dumas, Dominic Desrochers and Marie-Pierre Lecault.

For more information about the band, visit

Doors open at 6 p.m, jam session kicks off at 6:15 p.m. and Bon Debarras will take the stage at 7 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10/$5 for students. Refreshments available by donation. Ticket reservations are recommended by calling 207-491-5919.

Visit in the “Get Connected” section for upcoming concerts and events. Old South First Congregational Church is at 235 Main St.

French-Canadian trio Bon Debarras will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, as part of the Old South Church Concert Series in Farmington. (Photo by Vitor Munhoz)

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