Musical Activities

 

Gadelle Music Shows

(French Music/Bilingual dialogue)

The Village musical acadien will again host music shows this summer by the fantastic group Gadelle, a traditional but still relevant Acadian band from the Evangeline area that will soon release its second album. Its fiddler Louise Arsenault and organist-singer Hélène Bergeron are former members of the internationally acclaimed groups Barachois and Les Girls. Its singer-guitarist-accordionist Caroline Bernard and its multi-instrumentalist Rémi Arsenault have also performed on stages around the world with various groups.

All musicians of vast experience, the members of Gadelle dance and play with joy, conviction and ferocity while putting on one heck of a show! The sound is Acadian, the songs are in French, the banter is bilingual... the spirit of Acadia is alive and well! Their show is well rehearsed and ready to energize the crowd.

Gadelle offers two different shows per day, one at 1:30 p.m. and one at 3 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, from July 6 to August 27, in La Grange à Ti-Manuel. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.

 

Ti-Manuel and Leah

This year, we have visitors at the Village musical acadien! Two popular people from the region, Ti-Manuel and Leah Maddix, are present to entertain you. Ti-Manuel, played by actor, singer and musician Jonathan Arsenault, and Leah, played by singer and musician Jeanette MacLellan, welcome you on the terrace from Tuesday to Friday, in the afternoon, starting July 6. They can't wait to meet you and entertain you with song and music as well as a monologue by Leah and a dialogue between Ti-Manuel and Mrs Fiset, a fictional character played by singer Mia Bernard.

Playwright Paul D. Gallant wrote the dialogue between Ti-Manuel and Mrs. Fiset, while historian Georges Arsenault wrote Leah's monologue, based on the stories he collected from the real lady for his book "Par un dimanche au soir : Léah Maddix, chanteuse et conteuse acadienne," which he published in 1993.

 

The Summer Cabaret

The Village musical acadien is showcasing some of Prince Edward Island's best performers during its all-new "Summer Cabaret" series of shows on Friday nights from July 9 to Aug. 27 from 8 to 11 p.m. The shows feature music of all kinds: country, folk, Acadian, rock, contemporary and traditional.

Here is the series schedule:

  • July 9: Kurk Bernard
  • July 16: Larry Campbell and Marcella Richard
  • July 23: Eddy Quinn
  • July 30: Dave Doyle
  • August 6: Jordan LeClair
  • August 13: Jonny Ray Arsenault
  • August 20: Sandra Jones
  • August 27: Cory Gallant

The performers on each of these eight nights of musical entertainment are accompanied by a house band made-up of talented and experienced musicians : Keelin Wedge (fiddle, mandolin, guitar), Rodney Arsenault (drums), Danny MacNevin (electric guitar) and Remi Arsenault (electric bass). The band also performs some of its own numbers.

Free admission. Try your luck at the 50/50 draw.

 

Youth shows

Several young people from the region and elsewhere will perform on Saturdays at 1:30 p.m., until August 28, at the Grange à Ti-Manuel. There will be a house band composed of Mia Bernard, Andrea Gallant, Gilbert Arsenault, Dawson Arsenault and Jaden MacInnis. The invited artists for the following weeks are Kristen Cameron, July 17 and Jenny Richard, July 24. Shows are free, but donations are appreciated.

 

50+ Music Shows

The Francophones de l'âge d'or de l'Î.-P.-É.'s show series, which began last fall, returns this summer with Sunday afternoon performances at 1:30 p.m., in the Grange à Ti-Manuel. Featured artists for the next shows are Marcel and Colette Richard as well as Louise Arsenault and Hélène Bergeron, July 18; and Jeanette MacLellan and Maurice Hashie, July 25. Shows are free, but donations are appreciated.