La Bonne Vie
'They are a light-hearted, improvident, unenterprising people, more fond of the fiddle than the hoe' -Edward Elwell, editor of the Portland Transcript, on the Acadians of Maine, 1878 Boréal Tordu - C'est la musique Acadienne du Maine. Originally part of Acadia, Maine secretly harbors a powerful musical culture, en français. The sound once underground now explodes forward in Boréal Tordu. This original music advances the tradition of crooked fiddle tunes, bittersweet maritime ballads and foot-stomping dance music. We are cousins to the Cajuns who were deported from Acadia and found refuge in Louisiana. The Acadians of Maine escaped into the woods of the St. John's River Valley during le Grand Derangement, settling the mysterious Republic of Madawaska. Many moved south to Maine's milltowns and other New England cities, along with the Québecois, with their unique French language and customs. Battling assimilation throughout the centuries, by the end of the 20th century American-French culture seemed to have all but disappeared- but in fact, we were only having a little nap...