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Josée Vachon, Franco-American Singer/Songwriter to Delight Audiences in Greenville, Orono and Bingham Nov. 2-5

Posted Oct. 14, 2012, at 2:55 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 15, 2012, at 9:14 a.m.
Maine's own Josée Vachon to perform in Greenville, Orono and Bingham Nov 2, 3 and 5.
Maine's own Josée Vachon to perform in Greenville, Orono and Bingham Nov 2, 3 and 5.

Josée Vachon, Franco-American singer/songwriter will bring her warm engaging humor and upbeat rhythms to Greenville High School Auditorium for two student concerts during the day and a 6:30 evening concert for the community on November 2. The concerts are sponsored by Greenville Schools and Music Boosters, FAMLI (Franco-American Moosehead Lake Identity), and the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine. Donations will be appreciated but not required.

“I think of Josée as a local musician as she grew up in the Brownville area and attended the University of Maine after high school. She has done great things with her music during her career, and proudly shares her Franco-American heritage through stories and music.

She performed a concert in Greenville two summers ago, which was very well attended. Many folks have inquired as to when she would come again. This time, we planned to have her share her talents and enthusiasm with the young people, as well as the greater community,” says Betty Ryder of FAMLI (Franco-American Moosehead Lake Identity). “I hope that families and friends will attend the evening performance together in celebration of the strong Franco heritage of the Moosehead area. This will be entertaining for all ages and for French and non-French alike.”

Well known in communities throughout the Northeast, Josée Vachon has been making a name for herself for over twenty-five years. A Québec native transplanted to central Maine as a child, Vachon’s traditional and original songs in French are performed with guitar, spoons, clogging, energy and charm. She has performed hundreds of traditional, educational and holiday concerts for audiences of all ages.

Vachon’s first performances at the University of Maine and at New England Franco-American festivals inspired her to document her Québec roots in original songs as well as in popular and traditional songs from Canada. Her warm vocals, welcoming personality and increasing popularity among Francos led to an 11-year run hosting Bonjour!, the most widely seen French language cable TV show produced in the U.S., airing in markets from New Brunswick, Ontario to Louisiana.

Vachon has recorded 12 solo albums in French, and two with Franco-American folk group Chanterelle. She has appeared on the Parisian television shows Le grand échiquier and Espace francophone, and in Canada on TV Ontario and Radio-Canada.

In 1999, she was awarded the National Culture Through the Arts Award from the NY State Association of Foreign Language Teachers for her work in schools. She was a member of the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Traditions Training and Touring Project. She has even, proudly been given the key to the city of Woonsocket, R.I.

Vachon was recorded for a special on La Bolduc on Canada’s History Channel, has a regional music clip on MicroSoft’s AutoMap Trip Planner software, made Yankee Magazine’s Top 40 Music picks (July 2001) and contributed an original song on Smithsonian Folkways’ CD, Mademoiselle voulez-vous danser: Franco-American Music from the New England Borderlands, a Top Ten Folk Music CD pick from NPR in 1999. She was a member of the Women’s Singing Traditions of New England Tour, and was a founding member of the Franco-American group, Chanterelle.

During this northern tour, Josée will also perform at the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine at 2 P.M on November 3 (581-3789); St. Kieran Arts Center in Berlin, New Hampshire on November 4 (603-752-1028); and Bingham schools during the day and 6:00 evening community performance on November 5 (672-3300) .

FMI – Greenville call: 207-695-2666 ext. 207 or 695-2287. visit www.joseevachon.com

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