T-Acadie plays at the Academy

Dec 15, 2013

Thomaston — The Cajun-oriented band T-Acadie will close out a year of Thomaston contra dances Saturday, Dec. 28, beginning 8 p.m. at the Thomaston Academy gym on Main Street/Route 1. Band member Bill Olson will call, and all dances will be taught. Beginners and singles are welcome, and children are admitted free.

T-Acadie (TEE-ah-kah-DEE) is a dance band and folk trio from Maine, part of the region including the Canadian Maritime Provinces known as Acadia ("T-Acadie" is Cajun slang for "a little Acadia"). This versatile group is equally at home playing for concerts, contra dances or Cajun dances. Band members are Pam Weeks on fiddle, mountain dulcimer, guitar and vocals; Jim Joseph on button accordion, five-string banjo, mandolin, fiddle, jaw harp, percussion, feet and vocals; and Olson on guitar, bass, vocals and calling.

T-Acadie plays a variety of music including traditional French Canadian and New England dance tunes, Cajun waltzes, two steps, Cajun blues and zydeco tunes, old-time southern tunes and songs often sung a cappella in three-part harmony, and original tunes, written by band tunesmith Weeks, that range from sizzling reels and jigs to mesmerizing airs and sweet waltzes.

All ages are welcome, no partner is needed and refreshments are free, as is admission for children; others will be asked for $10 at the door.

The Thomaston Academy building, which houses the town’s public library, has parking in the rear of the building, off Gleason Street. For more information, call 832-5584, email writer@midcoast.com or check out Thomaston Contradancers on Facebook.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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