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Josée Vachon, Franco-American Singer/Songwriter to Perform

Josée Vachon, Franco-American singer/songwriter will bring her warm engaging humor and upbeat rhythms to _________________(place)________________ on _____(date)_____.

Well known in communities throughout the Northeast, Josée Vachon has been making a name for herself for over twenty-five years. A Québec native transplanted to central Maine as a child, Vachon’s traditional and original songs in French are performed with guitar, spoons, clogging, energy and charm. She has performed hundreds of traditional, educational and holiday concerts for audiences of all ages.

Vachon’s first performances at the University of Maine and at New England Franco-American festivals inspired her to document her Québec roots in original songs as well as in popular and traditional songs from Canada. Her warm vocals, welcoming personality and increasing popularity among Francos led to an 11-year run hosting Bonjour!, the most widely seen French language cable TV show produced in the U.S., airing in markets from New Brunswick, Ontario to Louisiana.

Vachon has recorded 12 solo albums in French, and two with Franco-American folk group Chanterelle. She has appeared on the Parisian television shows Le grand échiquier and Espace francophone, and in Canada on TV Ontario and Radio-Canada.

In 1999, she was awarded the National Culture Through the Arts Award from the NY State Association of Foreign Language Teachers for her work in schools. She was a member of the National Endowment for the Arts’ American Traditions Training and Touring Project. She has even, proudly been given the key to the city of Woonsocket, R.I.

Vachon was recorded for a special on La Bolduc on Canada’s History Channel, has a regional music clip on MicroSoft’s AutoMap Trip Planner software, made Yankee Magazine’s Top 40 Music picks (July 2001) and contributed an original song on Smithsonian Folkways’ CD, Mademoiselle voulez-vous danser: Franco-American Music from the New England Borderlands, a Top Ten Folk Music CD pick from NPR in 1999. She was a member of the Women’s Singing Traditions of New England Tour, and was a founding member of the Franco-American group, Chanterelle.

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