Local trio set to release new album featuring 15 new songs

FORT KENT, Maine —  Les Chanteurs Acadiens, a three-piece acoustic band based in Madawaska, will celebrate a forthcoming new album with a release party at the University of Maine at Fort Kent’s Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes on Jan. 12.

The group, which includes Charles Stewart, Roger Damboise and Don Levesque, is well known for performing traditional French songs and original folk compositions.

The group’s new record, “Chansons de par icitte” (“Songs from here”), features 15 original songs, mainly composed by Levesque and arranged by the group. One song, “BACDIE,” was composed and arranged by Damboise.

All songs on the new album were recorded on at either Le Centre Mikesell in Madawaska or at the Cellar Door recording studio, also in Madawaska.

The CD release event at UMFK starts at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 12, at the Acadian archives, located inside Blake Library.

For nearly 30 years, Les Chanteurs Acadiens have performed at countless events around the St. John Valley and beyond. More information about the band, including pre-ordering the new record, may be found at

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