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Vishtèn

Vishtèn—HorizonsAcadian roots trio Vishtèn celebrated 15 years together, with the release of their sixth album, Horizons, in September. It’s the latest opus from the East Coast group—sisters Pastelle and Emmanuelle LeBlanc from PEI and Pascal Miousse from the Magdalen Islands—who perform a fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals. While in the process of completing close to 60 Canadian, American and European performances in 2018, the trio has also been officially selected to perform at the WOMEX18 Conference in Las Palmas, Spain, in October.

These multi-instrumentalists, and ambassadors for Francophone culture, arrange traditional Acadian songs in a unique way, while penning originals in Acadian and Celtic styles, all conveyed with a contemporary sensibility that includes indie-rock production. It’s no surprise that Vishtèn has won four East Coast Music Awards, four Music PEI Awards, and a SPACQ Award since 2002.

On Horizons, the rhythms of tapping feet and lilting mouth music blend with the fiddle, guitar, accordion, octave mandolin, whistles, piano, bodhrán and jaw harp to offer a musical experience that illustrates their widescreen view of the world, and breathe new energy into traditional sounds.

The first song, “Elle Tempête,” incorporates Celtic influences, beefed up with an indie-rock feel. The sibling harmonies ride a wave of bodhrán and droning violin. “Bi Bi Box,”is about a message in a bottle bringing hope to a lonely heart. It enhances a classic idea with a modern groove, vocal production, and electric piano. In the title track of the 11-song album, penny whistle and fiddle lead the charge, on a gently percolating three-song medley that paints a musical portrait of the seascapes that are ever-present for these native islanders.

Cajun song “Les Clefs de la Prison” juxtaposes dark lyrical content, about a prisoner facing execution, with a bright, uptempo melody. “L’autre Femme” and “Âmes Soeurs,” are both departures from the rest of the album, with dreamy electric guitar textures, and a moody, ambient feel. The latter is an anthem to sisterhood.

The band has performed at international events and venues, including the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics (CA), Philadelphia Folk Festival (US), New Orleans Jazz Festival (US), Festival Interceltique de Lorient (FR), Woodford Folk Festival (AUS), Shetland Folk Festival (SCO), Cambridge Folk Festival (UK), Tønder Festival (DK), Les Nuits de Fourvières (FR), WOMAD (UK) and Temple Bar Trad Festival (IRE), among many others. 

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