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Acadian Music

Vishten, Acadian traditional
group from Prince Edward's Island

The Traditional Music of Acadia
Top 5 Acadian Albums

Artist Title of Item Type Province Library Call #
Anges de Géraldine, Les A Celebration of Acadian Women and Song CD Nova Scotia Odegaard CD CBC 002
Arsenault, Eddy Party Acadien CD PEI MLLC CD 9057
Borlico Appel à la Tradition CD New Brunswick Odegaard CD DPLAG 003
Butler, Edith Chansons d'Acadie LP New Brunswick MLLC Phonodisc NJ 1 .1
Cormier, J.P. Looking Back vols 1 + 2 2 CDs New Brunswick Odegaard CD CANMUS 002 V. 1+2
Cormier, Joseph Old time wedding reels, and other favorite Scottish fiddle tunes CD Nova Scotia Odegaard Cd ROUN 026
Cormier, Joseph The Dances Down Home CD Nova Scotia MLLC CD 9045
Cotchineux, Les Traînes-poches CD New Brunswick Odegaard In Process
Deraspe, Patrice & Bertrand Vent'arriere CD Iles-de-la-Madeleine Odegaard In Process
Dupuis, Janelle Encore CD New Brunswick Odegaard CD DPLAG 002
Famille Arseneault, La Ça Swing Encore! CD PEI Odegaard Cd DPLAG 001
Leblanc, Tess Tess CD New Brunswick Odegaard In Process
Losier, Gilles/Frank Ferrell Down East - Out West LP New Brunswick MLLC Phonodisc NR 1 .26
Rivière, Sylvain Têtes de Violon: 64 violoneux des Iles-de-la-Madeleine Book Iles-de-la-Madeleine MLLC ML87.R62 2005
Robichaud Brothers, The The Slippery Stick: traditional fiddling from New Brunswick CD New Brunswick MLLC CD 9041
Robichaud, Gerry Down East Fiddling LP New Brunswick MLLC Phonodisc NJ 1 .2
Various The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island: Celtic & Acadian Tunes in Living Tradition Book PEI MLLC M1678 .F53 1996/ Cd 9112
Various. The Prince Edward Island Style of Fiddling: East PEI CD PEI MLLC CD 9047
Various. The Prince Edward Island Style of Fiddling: West PEI CD PEI MLLC CD 9050
Vishten Vishten CD PEI Odegaard In Process

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Top 5 Acadian Albums

1. Eddy Arsenault and Family: “Party Acadien”
An excellent introduction to the infectious spirit of Acadian dance music. This recording is also a near-perfect capture of the traditional kitchen parties famed throughout the Maritime Provinces. A group of family and friends gather to make great music and express their heritage. It’s easy to hear how much lift and energy was borrowed by Cape Breton fiddlers from Acadian sources.

2. The Robichaud Brothers: “The Slippery Stick”
Gerry Robichaud actually lived much of his life in New England, and his Down East fiddle style influenced contra dance fiddlers and other fiddlers in America. This CD captures his lively fiddling as well as a geographically unique repertoire of family tunes. Though the Cape Breton and Don Messer influences are audible, the repertoire is so special that it makes you wonder how many tunes have been lost to the invading forces of bluegrass and country-western music in New Brunswick.

3. Joseph Cormier: “The Dances Down Home”
Joe Cormier’s fiddling is Cape Breton through and through. He’s a great fiddler, knows many tunes and plays them quite well on this recording. It goes to show how influential the Cape Breton style was and is in Nova Scotia.

4. Vishten: “Vishten”
A young super group of Acadian musicians from PEI. The fiddler, Pascal Miousse, hails from Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine and brings a unique sound to the group.

5. Various Artists: “The Prince Edward Island Style of Fiddling, Volume 1 & 2”
Recorded by American banjo whiz Ken Perlman, this two volume set of CDs with accompanying book of transcription does an excellent job of providing an overview of the PEI fiddle scene. One CD focuses on the Western PEI fiddle style, derived from Acadian sources and featuring swingy, uplifting rhythms and Acadian tunes. The other CD focuses on Easter PEI and the Scottish influence tunes of this region.

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