Photo Credit: Dave Brosha
We caught up with award-winning Acadian roots trio, VISHTÈN after they released their newest album, HORIZONS on September 14th. Check out the album below, and find out more about this East Coast group in our Five Questions With segment.
Care to introduce yourself to our readers?
Vishtèn is Emmanuelle & Pastelle LeBlanc from Prince Edward Island and Pascal Miousse from the Magdalen Islands. You can find out more about the band here.
Tell us a bit about your music and writing style.
We are a contemporary trad/folk group, inspired by our Acadian heritage, but creating/composing new music. We are passionate about bringing our musical traditions forward, in a fresh new way so that it inspires younger generations to be interested in it/want to play it. We’ve spent a lot of time digging up archive recordings of very old French songs (which came to the East Coast with our ancestors over 400 years ago) and then creating musical landscapes/adapting them to bring them to life with new musical influences so that they sound more contemporary.
Do you have any upcoming shows?
Yes, we’ve got lots of shows coming up. We are flying to the Canary Islands, Spain for WOMEX (prestigious world music expo) as we’ve been selected for an official showcase, then off to France & Belgium for a tour from November 8th-25th. In 2019, January 18th we’ll be playing the Capitol Theatre in Moncton, N.B., and then heading to the UK from January 24th to February 10th. All details here: http://vishten.net/calendar/.
If you were asked to suggest only one of your songs for someone to hear, which would it be?
It would be a piece from our new album Horizons – Bi Bi Box
Canadian Beats is all about Canadian music, so who are your current favourite Canadian bands/ artists?
The Brooks, Les Poules à Colin, Rose Cousins, The East Pointers, Catherine MacLellan
I’m Jenna, and I am the founder and editor of Canadian Beats. I have had a strong love for Canadian music, which started many years ago. I have a passion for promoting these talented Canadian bands and artists, and that’s how Canadian Beats came to be. I am so proud of what it has become over the last few years, with many talented music lovers and writers coming together to spread the word of Canada’s music.