Folk mu­si­cians find seren­ity in Stanstead

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE - Vic­to­ria Vanier, Stanstead

Ifyou’re look­ing for in­for­ma­tion about any­thing to do with Saint Pa­trick’s Day, then Rich­mond isn’t a bad place to call. And that’s ex­actly what the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum’s Di­rec­tor and Cu­ra­tor, Chloe Southam,

with fid­dle in hand.

did when she was look­ing for a good mu­si­cal act to per­form at the Mu­seum’s first Saint Pa­trick’s Day cel­e­bra­tion, the Ir­ish Tea. But what was sur­pris­ing was that she dis­cov­ered that what she was look­ing for was liv­ing right here, in Stanstead.

Amer­i­can fid­dler Jaige Trudel and Bri­tish born gui­tarist Adam Broome were play­ing mu­sic to­gether for al­most fif­teen years be­fore they founded the mu­si­cal group Maivish, a name which comes from a col­lo­quial term for the Song Thrush. “We took on the name Maivish about three years ago. And we some­times have a third mu­si­cian from West Vir­ginia, Matthew Ol­well, per­form­ing with us,” said Ms. Trudel in an in­ter­view with the Stanstead Jour­nal.

“We per­form a mix of tra­di­tion­ally-in­spired mu­sic, from places like Eng­land, Que­bec, the Ap­palachi­ans, Ire­land, Brit­tany and France. And we also write our own mu­sic with tra­di­tional com­po­nents,” Jaige con­tin­ued. “Nat­u­rally, we’ll lean more heav­ily on our Ir­ish reper­toire when we per­form at the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum on Saint Pa­trick’s Day,” she added.

The band is well-si­t­u­ated in its new lo­ca­tion in Stanstead, con­sid­er­ing that ‘tra­di­tional’ mu­sic is hugely pop­u­lar in the United States, par­tic­u­larly in the New Eng­land States. “We do a lot of per­form­ing at Con­tra Dances through­out the United States and widely through parts of Canada,” men­tioned the fid­dler who had just re­turned from four days of per­form­ing in Idaho and Utah. ‘Con­tra Dance’ is a type of folk dance sim­i­lar to square danc­ing ex­cept that it is danced in lines of cou­ples rather than squares. Its ori­gins are from 17th cen­tury Eng­land, Scot­land and France with in­flu­ences also from Ap­palachia.

When asked how the duo of Maivish got into per­form­ing and writ­ing this style of mu­sic, Adam Broome re­sponded: “Both Jaige and I have been in­volved in tra­di­tional mu­sic for many years. Jaige trained as a clas­si­cal vi­o­lin­ist and was drawn to ex­plore the fid­dle mu­sic of Ire­land and Cape Bre­ton. I grew up sur­rounded by folk mu­sic in Eng­land and it has al­ways been a source of in­spi­ra­tion to me.”

He con­tin­ued: “We en­joy th­ese mu­si­cal gen­res be­cause they rep­re­sent our cul­tural roots. This is mu­sic of the peo­ple, rich with his­tory, folk law and con­nec­tions to the nat­u­ral world.”

Af­ter liv­ing in Eng­land and in the United States for many years, Jaige, who grew up in Ver­mont, and Adam, orig­i­nally from Eng­land, de­cided to move to Canada. “We moved around a bit in On­tario, at first, but came to Stanstead quite quickly. One rea­son that we came to this area was be­cause we knew other mu­si­cians in the gen­eral re­gion,” said Ms. Trudel.

Be­cause Jaige and Adam spend so much time trav­el­ling to per­form, they are still get­ting to know the town of Stanstead. “We don’t get out much when we’re at home in Stanstead be­cause we’re usu­ally re­cu­per­at­ing. We like to re­lax while we are here; Stanstead is nice and quiet so it’s a good place to do that,” com­mented Jaige.

The group Maivish will be per­form­ing at the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum’s Ir­ish Tea on Thurs­day, March 17th. They just re­cently re­leased their first CD, en­ti­tled Sun­light into Blue.

Jaige Trudel

Photo cour­tesy

Adam Broome and Jaige Trudel, the mem­bers of Maivish, will be per­form­ing to­mor­row at the Colby-Cur­tis Mu­seum’s Ir­ish Tea.

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