Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St., will present Boréal Tordu Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 p.m.; and The Trapps Friday, June 18 at 8 p.m.

Boréal Tordu

Boréal Tordu began when fiddler Steve Muise and singer Robert Sylvain discovered a mutual interest in the music of their shared Acadian heritage. While signs of their parents’ French culture can still be found in Maine, it was almost lost to their generation after years of forced assimilation. More than a revival, their music represents a continuation of musical traditions passed down from the Acadians, the Québécois and the unique French-speaking people of the Republic of Madawaska and mill towns all over New England. In addition to Muise and Sylvain, Boréal Tordu features Pip Walter on guitar and backing vocals and Andy Buckland on upright bass. Tickets are $10.

The Trapps

Formed in the winter of 2003 in New Paltz, N.Y., The Trapps are an American band that taps the roots of Americana, folk and rock ‘n’ roll and wraps it all into a tightly-knit package that is entirely its own. Although its musical influences are far reaching, the greatest strength of the band is its commitment to the song. For The Trapps, the song is the law; like the mountain climber, there are a great many ways to approach the ascent but the thrill is to ultimately finish, having learned something along the way. Led by Sean Schenker (lead vocals, guitar), Warren Gold (lead guitar, slide guitar), Jason Sarubbi (upright and electric bass, backing vocals) and Seth Moutal (drums, percussion, backing vocals), the band puts a strong emphasis on lyrical fiber. The band’s new CD release “Cheap Seats” offers reflections on personal experiences of birth, death, love and ultimately the universal aspects of perseverance and growth. Tickets are $15.

For more information, call 948-7469 or visit unityme.org. Next up at Unity College Centre will be female Acadian band Gadelle Thursday, June 24 at 7:30 p.m. ($10); and Morten Hansen’s “Falling Up Words” juggling show Saturday, June 26 at 7 p.m. ($10; $5 children).

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.