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Folk Song and Music in Québec: A Brief Introduction

by Stephen D. Winick, Ph.D. On his first trip to the New World, in 1534, explorer Jacques Cartier found a rich land inhabited by Huron and Iroquois Indians. He promptly claimed it for France. Cartier gave the name “Canada” (from an Iroquois word for “town”) to the area around the Iroquois village of Stadacona, on the banks of the St. Lawrence river. In 1608, the first permanent French colonists established Québec city in the same location, bringing their songs and music with them.
Early immigrants to Québec came from all over France, but especially from several provinces in the north and west: Normandy, Picardy, Anjou, Poitou, and Brittany. Not surprisingly, many of the traditional French songs we now find in Québec are common in those provinces as well. “Dans les prisons de Nantes,” for example, is set in Nantes, an important city that was historically the capital of Brittany. Located at the confluence of the Loire, the Sevre, and the Erdre, Nantes might be remembered fondly by Frenc…

Mandolin Group Concerts & Class Information

There are several mandolin group concerts coming up.  These concerts are free to all!  Donations are gladly accepted.

The concert dates are as follows:
October 1, 2016 - Soldier's Home in Holyoke, MA.  2pm-3pmOctober 8, 2016 - Porter Phelps-Huntington Museum, Hadley, MA. 2-3pmNovember 12, 2016 - The Arbors - Amherst, MA 2-3pmFebruary 12, 2016 - The Loomis Community - South Hadley, MA 2-3pm If you would like to participate in the Mandolin Group, classes meet currently Monday nights from 7-9pm in South Hadley, MA.  PM Adam Sweet for an address if you would like to attend.
Each class meets for two hours.  Sheet music, books and other study materials are provided by the instructor. The class is open to any and all levels of mandolin, mandola, mandocello and mandobass, regardless of experience.  
The cost of the class is only $125 a month!  If you buy 12 classes in advance, you may take 10% off the total cost, a $150 value.