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