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Yvon Labbé
Crossland Hall, Univerity of Maine
Orono, ME 04469-5719

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Josée Vachon's Hometown: Kutztown,PA
Josée Vachon's Email: josee@map.com

Josee VachonBorn in Quebec and raised in Maine, Josée Vachon has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for the last 16 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Quebec and Acadia as well as her own compositions.

Though she often entertained at her family gatherings, she began singing publicly with the support of the Franco-American Center at the University of Maine, where she discovered others who shared a same, rich heritage. She received her B.A. in Romance Languages in 1984 from the University of Maine and quickly gained recognition as a new Franco-American voice through her first performances at state festivals in Lewiston and Madawaska, Maine and at schools and parish soirées.

Josee Vachon was recently awarded the National Culture Through the Arts Award from NY State Association of Foreign Language Teachers for her work in schools and her knowledge and appreciation of foreign languages and cultures. She has served as a Franco-American ambassadrice through musical presentations at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., the Women´s Singing Traditions of New England Tour of 1994, the Congrès Mondial du Conseil International d'Etudes Francophones in Martinique, and several times in Quebec at presentations and conferences on la francophonie. Her international television appearances include Champs Elysées on Antenne 2, PARIS as part of the Tour du monde de la francophonie with Radio-France; Le grand échiquier on Antenne 2, PARIS; Les démons du midi on Société Radio-Canada, MONTREAL; and Coup d'oeil on CBC MONCTON, N.B. This past year her international performances included Berlin, Germany, New Brunswick, Canada and St-Etienne, France. She was also recorded for a special on La Bolduc on Canada's History Channel, a throughout the Northeastern U.S. and Canada as well as Louisiana, produced by ACA Assurance and Media One.

In July, 1993 she co-founded the folk group, Chanterelle, with award-winning fiddler, Donna Hébert and singer/guitarist, Liza Constable, often joined by bass and cajun accordion player, Alan Bradbury. The group released its first CD, french in america, in January of 1994 and Soirée chez nous in 1996, offering Franco-American music to a wider audience.

She has seven solo recordings to her credit so far and continues to perform and record the music that best represents her love of Franco-American culture. Now a mother of 2, she and her husband are raising their children trilingually (French, Spanish, English), which has inspired Josée to write and perform more regularly for younger audiences.

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Listed below are some samples of performances by Josée Vachon:

  • J'irai La Voir Un Jour
    "J'irai La Voir Un Jour" is a religious song dedicated to the virgin Mary. As the song deals with death, it states that "I'll see her one day."

 

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