For grades: K-12
Fees for live visit: $500. concerts, $450. for school assemblies plus $150. for each additional assembly on same day. Workshops begin at $250. or $700. for the day.
Franco-American Singer/Songwriter »
a true chanteuse whose flying feet will heat up the hall while her voice melts your heart. --- The Valley Advocate
Josee Vachon presents a warm, enjoyable concert for all ages, using traditional and original French songs, personal anecdotes about growing up in a Quebecois family and her knowledge of the history and culture of the French in America. Assemblies and workshops include French-Canadian foot-tapping and spoons, French sing-alongs and immigration stories. She is fluent in Spanish, and often includes a trilingual program with songs and cultural experiences from her travels in Spain, Puerto Rico and Ecuador. Now a mother of 2, she and her husband are raising their children trilingually, which has inspired her to write and perform more regularly for elementary-age audiences also.
Born in Quebec and raised in Maine, Josée Vachon has been sharing herFrench-Canadian upbringing through traditional and contemporaryfolksongs from Quebec and Acadie as well as original songs for the last 18 years. Herwarm, distinct voice accompanied by the guitar and occasionalpiano, unrelenting foot percussion and spoons, as well as herengaging personality have captured the hearts of many audiencesthroughout New England and Canada.
She received the 1999 National Culture Through the Arts Award from the NY State Association of Foreign Language Teachers for her work in schools and was part of the Women's Singing Traditions of New England Tour of 1994. She has served as a Franco-American ambassadrice through musical presentations at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC as well as several international performances and television appearances in France, Canada, Martinique and Germany.
In July, 1993 she co-founded the folk group, Chanterelle with award-winning fiddler, Donna Hebert and blues/cajun singer/guitarist, Liza Constable, offering Franco-American music to a wider audience.
She has seven solo recordings to her credit so far and was recently recorded on the Smithsonian Folkways album Mademoiselle voulez-vous danser: Franco-American Music from the New England Borderlands.