New England folk musicians celebrate Quebec 400

Crossroads Finale

Joyeuse Anniversaire, Québec!

Just back from accompanying a great group of musicians to perform for our neighbors to the north. “Crossroads: Music Traditions of New England” was New England’s contribution to Québec 400, a year-long celebration marking the 400th anniversary of the city’s founding. Crooked Still represented Massachusetts and Nightingale VermontRehearsing. Nightingale on deckRhode Island sent the Pegheads, Connecticutt it’s state troubador, Pierce Campbell. Maine was represented by Nipmuc flutemaker/player Hawk Henries and New Hampshire by dance fiddler Rodney Miller (a National Heritage Fellow), David Surrette, and accordion wiz Gary Sredzienski. Above you see everyone squeezed on stage for a finale. The event took place at Espace 400 on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. A full day of traditional tunes and songs, some with strong Franco-American influence, culminated with everyone on stage. Just minutes after closing, we were all treated to Robert LePage’s incredible sound and light installation projected on the grain silos across the river.

The Québecois know how to enjoy life!

Crooked Still Quebec bound

Crooked StillHow does New England help Quebec City celebrate its 4ooth birthday? By sending acoustic musicians from each of six New England states to perform on July 4th in Quebec City. Crossroads: Music Traditions of New England takes place at the Grand Square on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. On the bill are Crooked Still, Rodney Miller and David Surette, Gary Sredzienski, Nightingale, Pierce Campbell, the Pegheads, and Hawk Henries. The musical fare will include a blend of French, Native American, Celtic, Scandinavia, Anglo and other influences, opening people’s ears to some of the exciting traditional music that is thriving in New England today.