UMFK’s Acadian Archives to host Robert Sylvain concert on Oct. 13

FORT KENT, Maine — The Acadian Archives/Archives acadiennes at University of Maine at Fort Kent will host singer Robert Sylvain on Thursday, October 13 in the UMFK Fox Auditorium at 6 p.m.

 Admission is $10 for the general public and free admissions for UMFK students.

 Drawing from notebooks of ballads left to him by his Mémère Thibodeau, Sylvain folds in Breton, Québécois, and Maritime elements, as well as echoes of their Cajun cousins, with Creole and zydeco influences. All these traditions are honored through the lens of a modern roots music sensibility and Acadian joie de vivre.

 Prior to the evening concert, Sylvain will be on campus for a meet-and-greet with the community at the Acadian Archives from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.This will be an opportunity to learn about his album “Mémère & Me,” the songbook that inspired it, and Sylvain’s journey as an artist.

 Sylvain has toured internationally and performed at the Congrès mondiaux acadiens of 2004 and 2014, the 2009 Fête des Acadiens in France, and the 2011 Saint-Jean-Baptiste in Québec. In addition to the CD releases “Demonstration,” “La Bonne Vie,” and Les “Chevaliers,” Sylvain’s music has been included on a CD compilation produced by Zachary Richard, on the short film “A Brief Case of Love” played at the Cannes Film Festival, and on PBS’s NOW.

On Oct. 14, Sylvain will offer educational sessions in local schools. The program is generously supported by the Maine Acadian Heritage Council.

 For more information, please contact Acadian Archives Director Patrick Lacroix at 207-834-7535.

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