New England Celtic Arts will present Vishtèn, East Coast Canada’s premier Acadian group, Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Unity College Centre for the Performing Arts, 42 Depot St. Tickets will be $15 at the door; for reservations, call 948-7469.

The members of Vishtèn are seventh-generation Acadians honoring their roots in music, touring their brand of new-traditional Acadian music in more than 1000 performances in eight different countries. Twin sisters Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc from Prince Edward Island, Canada, have teamed up with Pascal Miousse from the nearby Magdalen Islands to create a sound that incorporates elements of the new ways while retaining and staying true to the essential Acadian spirit of their roots. The sound is essentially Celtic but with a difference.

In the North Atlantic Ocean, in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence off of Canada’s east coast, lays tiny Prince Edward Island and nearby, the even smaller archipelago known as the Magdalen Islands. There has been a musical connection between these two places for centuries, traded back and forth through trips made on fishing boats and marriages among the French people.

Vishtèn’s songs are French, sung by each band member alone or in three-part harmony. They are all accomplished multi-instrumentalists and step-dancers, incorporating the fiddle, guitar, accordion, penny-whistle, banjo, mandolin, piano, jaw-harp and bodhran into each performance. For those who cannot get enough of this vibrant trio, Vishtèn is a featured act during the Maine Celtic Celebration the following weekend in Belfast.

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