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Lunasa | Ad Vielle Que Pourra | Liz Carroll, Jim DeWan

with members: Benoit Bourque, Gaston Bernard, Simon Lepage

Friday, November 19, 1999 at 8:00 pm
The Museum of Our National Heritage, 33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA

photo Benoit Bourque, Gaston Bernard and Simon Lepage from Quebec play, dance and sing their tradition with humor and energy. Bernard is equally facile on mandolin, fiddle, guitar, and bouzouki and has been involved in a variety of musical projects ranging from French to Greek, Celtic, and African music. Benoit Bourque, one of the most charismatic step dancers today, also plays the accordion and bones providingthe percussive underpinnings of the band. On the bass, composer/arranger Simon Lepage's diverse background in world music adds depth to this dynamic trio. Benoit and Gaston are former members of the renowned band, 'Ad Vielle Que Pourra.' The trio will transport you to a Quebec kitchen party and warm your heart.

Listen to a sound clip from their CD, 'Matapat'
Map to the Museum of Our National Heritage

General admission in advance: $15.50
At the door, add $2.50
Reserved seats: $20.00
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Friday, January 7, 2000 at 8:00 pm
First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 630 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA

"Lúnasa performs ... state-of-the-art modern Irish music that is as aggressivley infectious as you'll ever hear" -- Dirty Linen Magazine

Their new CD, "otherworld" was just released on the Green Linnet label


SEÁN SMYTH: Born inCo. Mayo, is an All-Ireland champion on both fiddle and whistle. His 1993 solo debut, His solo album, The Blue Fiddle, was inthe ten best albums of 1993 by the Irish Echo.

KEVIN CRAWFORD: A Green Linnet recording artist is an exceptional flute, whistle, and bodhrán player, Kevin is a member of the all-star Irish band, Moving Cloud, and has recorded withGrianán, Raise the Rafters, Joe Derrane, and Seán Tyrrell.

TREVOR HUTCHINSON: (Co Tyrone)Trevor played bass with the Waterboys from 1986 to 1991. Recorded three albums as a member of the Sharon Shannon Band. Also recorded with Moving Cloud, Altan’s Dermot Byrne, Máire Breatnach, and Eileen Ivers.

DONOGH HENNESSY: (Dublin) A most talented guitarist, was a member of the Sharon Shannon Band,

CILLIAN VALLELY: (Armagh) uilleann pipes and low whistle player, usually performs with Lúnasa throughout their tours of America.

Tickets in advance: $17.50
Tickets at the door: $20:00
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Ad Vielle Que Pourra
CONCERT     and     DANCE
Saturday, February 12, 2000 at 7:30 PM
Masonic Hall, 1950 Massachusetts Avenue, Porter Square, Cambridge, MA

New Contemporary Traditional Folk Music from France
The program for the evening consists of a concert in the first half and a dance after intermission.

In their twelve years of performing, Ad Vielle has recorded four CDs for Green Linnet, has given over one thousand concerts in North America, France, Spain, and Portugal. and epitomizing the heart of their music, they say, "We play traditional French music...and to be really sure it's traditional, we compose it ourselves." Their music is truly steeped in the historic styles of French-speaking Europe, dance music, love songs, and laments from Brittany, the Alps, Paris, Gascony, and also, from this side of the Atlantic, some Québecois and Cajun music. They play traditional instruments of the area, hurdy-gurdy (crank-operated wheel-fiddle), diatonic accordion, French and Breton bagpipes, fiddle, mandocello, shawm, oboes * * *

Ad Vielle Que Pourra's music is multifaceted; fresh, spontaneous, highly energetic, as well as sweet and melancholy. The band is a unique combination of the individual members with varied backgrounds and influences. They lead us through a fantastic musical and cultural trip to the French World; cultural... but never stodgy.

Daniel Thonon, born in Belgium, builds a hurdy-gurdies, guitars and harpsichords, plays them as well as other instrumnets, but in Ad Vielle Que Pourra primarily plays diatonic accordion and hurdy-gurdy. He s a talented composer, has performed and recorded medieval music with Le Concert dans l'Oeuf, and was a member of the Montréal-based Renaissance band, Ensemble Claude Gervaise.

Alain Leroux, born in Brittany (theCeltic province of France) is known for his feisty violin playing, dry wit and Gallic humor. Before emigrating to Canada, Alain toured extensively with his group, Ar Skloferien. He has founded Ad Vielle Que Pourra in 1986, and later, the Breton ensembles Korventenn and Alter Ego. Alain sings, plays mandocello, bouzouki, and is a reputed composer of ballads and Breton dance tunes.

Jean-Louis Cros was born in Algeria, lived in Spain and France before settling in Canada. His guitar styles reflect influences from these countries along with elements of French and English baroque and Renaissance, music, Celtic elements, finger-style riffs, jazz, of classical, folk and sometimes electric styles.

Nicolas Boulerice, born in Québec, is the most recent member of Ad Vielle. He has performed with Ovo, a modern jazz quintet, apeared on TV and radio, and toured extensively in 1998 with Pleine Lune, Farmer's Daughters and Daniel Simard in Europe, Ireland, and Canada. He plays piano, hurdy- gurdy and sings.

Sound clips from Ad Vielle Que Pourra's CDs:

'Musaique' | 'Menage a Quatre' | 'Ad Vielle que Pourra'

General admission: $15.00
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Liz Carroll and Jim DeWan
Harney Academy Stepdancers
Saturday, March 11, 2000 at 8 pm
Regis College, Fine Arts Building, 235 Wellesley Street, Weston, MA

photo From Chicago of Irish Immigrant parents, Liz Carroll was only 18 when she won the coveted All-Ireland Fiddle Championship. Since then she has been astounding audiences, critics, and musicians worldwide with her flawless technique, knowledge of traditional repertoire, and spectacular variations on classical tunes. A member of Trian with Billy McComiskey and Dathi Sproule, she was presented with a National Heritage fellowship in 1994 for her great influence on Irish music in America. Guitarist Jim DeWan is one of the preeminent Irish guitarists in the United States, performing with Martin Hayes, Kevin Burke, Paddy Keenan, John Williams, and the Trinity Irish Dancers.

WORKSHOPS - Afternoon of March 11

    LIZ CARROLL - Irish fiddle
    JIM DeWAN - Irish Guitar, accompaniment

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         Wood & Strings, 493 Mass. Ave., Arlington, MA (781) 641-2131     (credit cards, service charge)
         Minor Chord, 77 Great Rd., (RTE 2A), Acton (978) 264-0299    (service charge)
         Sandy's Music, 896 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA (617) 491-2812
         Athol Brose, 1902 Mass. Ave.,Cambridge, MA (617) 661-5899
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