For the love of mu­sic

Jacques Arse­nault re­ceives Golden Fid­dle Award dur­ing jam­boree

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY DE­SIREE ANSTEY

The 30th edi­tion of the At­lantic Fid­dlers’ Jam­boree was held here re­cently, at­tract­ing the best fid­dle play­ers from around At­lantic Canada.

Ghis­laine Cormier, the gen­eral di­rec­tor of La Fédéra­tion Cul­turelle de l’ÎPÉ, says the event, “is like a meet­ing place for all of these great mu­si­cians to gather once a year in the Evan­ge­line area.”

The Golden Fid­dle was awarded dur­ing the Jam­boree cel­e­bra­tion to an artist who shares their love for tra­di­tional mu­sic and keep­ing Aca­dian cul­ture alive. The 2017 award was pre­sented to mu­si­cian Jacques Arse­nault, from the Evan­ge­line area, who was de­scribed as “pas­sion­ate and gen­er­ous with their mu­sic.

“We like to give it to a per­son who has made a sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tion to the com­mu­nity to make sure the tra­di­tion stays alive,” said Cormier.

There was plenty of life on­stage on Sun­day as fid­dlers poured emo­tion into their per­for­mances at the Mont-Carmel Parish Hall.

Hailee Le­Fort, from Mar­ga­ree, N.S., wanted to ded­i­cate a cou­ple of tunes to Marc Boudreau, she told the au­di­ence as they clapped along.

“I got my first fid­dle for Christ­mas from my grand­mother when I was four years old and I started learn­ing the fol­low­ing summer from my cousin, so she taught me the ba­sics. Then when I turned seven, I had a teacher for five years, but you have dif­fer­ent in­flu­ences from mu­si­cians around your area,” she said.

Boudreau was prob­a­bly big­gest men­tor that I had.

“Es­pe­cially when it came to style, tech­nique, and drive, he the was such a big in­flu­ence on my mu­sic.” Le­Fort added, “Marc just loved help­ing the younger gen­er­a­tion learn.”

DE­SIREE ANSTEY/JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

Ca­role Gal­lant, left, and Caro­line Arse­nault, present the Golden Fid­dle Award to Jacques Arse­nault dur­ing the At­lantic Fid­dlers’ Jam­boree re­cently.

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