Josée Vachon presents a warm, enjoyable concert for all ages, using personal anecdotes about growing up in a Québécois family and her knowledge of the history and culture of the French in America.
The music is traditional and contemporary French, Québécois and Acadian folk songs; some are her own compositions. It's a captivating mix of sing-alongs, clogging, and humorous anecdotes with guitar, feet, occasionally the piano, and sometimes with the group Chanterelle. Josée sings primarily in French, though often adds songs in Spanish and English to suit an audience.
- Concert length: Presented in a 45-minute set, but easily adapted to the length of the school period.
- Group size: Both in intimate groups of 30 or in an auditorium of several hundred.
- Age appropriate: Designed for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12, but can be adapted to fit the audience.
- Subject matter: Franco-American immigration and experiences, French-Canadian foot-tapping and spoons, and chansons à répondre (sing-alongs).
- Multi-lingual:Also fluent in Spanish, Josée has presented assemblies entirely in French and Spanish, with songs and cultural experiences from her travels in Spain, Puerto Rico and Ecuador.
- Fees: Negotiable depending upon the length of the concert, travel and expenses, block bookings (i.e. school assembly + evening public concert), and sound used.
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