Les Zorvenants share the traditional songs of their community, Cheticamp. Jean-René Bourgeois is a founding member of Les Habitants, a band that recorded and toured a repertoire of 18th century French music with many historical connections to Cape Breton’s Acadian song traditions. Marcel LeFort has been performing professionally since his early teens. His musical adaptability has thick Acadian roots and he has played with Cyril MacPhee, J.P. Cormier, Ronald Bourgeois and the Phantoms. Robert Deveaux spent much of his youth in the dance halls of Cape Breton playing Scottish fiddle and piano before rekindling his relationship with traditional Acadian songs.
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Marc Boudreau, from Cheticamp, has been thrilling audiences with his fiddle-playing and stepdancing since the age of eight. He was the first recipient of the Tic Butler Music Award and has performed at numerous ceilidhs, dances and festivals around the East Coast and beyond. Marc has become one of the best younger generation fiddlers, possessing an amazing drive. Marc’s first album, Steppin’ It Up, with Dave MacIsaac on guitar and Joel Chiasson on piano was released in June 2008. He most recent, Live at the Doryman Pub, features Howie MacDonald and Hilda Chiasson on piano and Chris Babineau on guitar.
Maxim Cormier is a young guitarist in his 20’s from Cheticamp, Cape Breton. His guitar playing is both truly peaceful and extremely complex and this presentation of dynamic emotion and style fuels every note Maxim plays. His original works are largely comprised of acoustic guitar that highlights a contemporary, modern approach to otherwise classic sounds. The word “versatility” best describes Cormier as he effortlessly performs styles as diverse as jazz, blues, folk, classical and traditional Celtic music. In 2012, Cormier was awarded the Drive’ers Association’s Big Sampie Award and released his debut album.
Nicole LeBlanc is a proud Acadian from Chéticamp, Cape Breton Island. She has been sharing her culture through music for several years. With the help of le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp as well as la Société Saint-Pierre, she loves passing on her love of music to others, young and old. She is the music teacher at her childhood school, École NDA, and directs the community dance troupe. Whether she’s on stage, in the classroom, at church or at a kitchen party, she enthusiastically shares the traditional music as well as her own compositions with people around her.
Ronald Bourgeois has been a promoter and defender of Acadian music and culture since the early 1980s. Inspired by his Acadian roots and life in Atlantic Canada, the Cheticamp native is regarded by his peers as one of Acadie’s top songwriters. His award-winning songs are found in almost every Acadian artist’s repertoire. Ron has released two recordings–Amène le vent (1994); Le long retour (2001). He has performed throughout Canada and France and over 60 Ronald Bourgeois songs have been recorded by artists in Canada, France and Louisiana.