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Quebec’s high energy folk trio Bon Débarras in concert Aug. 20 & 21

Les Bons Débarras

Les Bons Débarras

SOUTH CARTHAGE - New England Celtic Arts with the support of the American Folk Festival and Folk Quebec will present Bon Débarras. Performances are at Skye Theatre Performing Arts Center in South Carthage on Wednesday, Aug.20; and at Phillips Area Community Center in Phillips on Thursday, Aug. 21. Curtain is at 7 p.m. at both locations and a jam session at Skye will start at 6:15 p.m.

Bon Débarras is the result of the unexpected meeting of three dynamic creators involved in music, dance and poetry. The trio opens a door to their recollections of America and their music is at the intersection of various traditions. Their energy taps into the rhythms of today and ventures boldly on the multi-faceted road to tomorrow’s dreams.

Folklore (from folk, meaning “people,” and lore, meaning “knowledge”) refers to all collective productions by the people that are orally transmitted from generation to generation (tales, stories, songs) or through example (music, dance, rites, beliefs, savoir-faire).

Folklore defines who we are and traces our origins. Bon Débarras’ inspiration comes from their home base, Montreal, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in North America. While remaining true to their roots, the three musicians, who are equally passionate about music, dance and poetry, are drawing on living traditions and various influences to explore new avenues.

Bon Débarras’ folk music is deeply rooted in the memory of French-speaking America. On their guitars, banjo, mandolin, accordion, washboard and harmonicas, and integrating foot percussion, jig and body percussion, the trio creates musical atmospheres that transcend boundaries and ages.

The American Folk Festival is Maine premier Folk event held Aug. 22 thru 24 on the Bangor Waterfront. This years schedule is available at http://www.americanfolkfestival.com Bon Débarras are featured throughout the festival with performances and workshops.

More information is available at: http://www.necelticarts.com

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