Terry Melanson and his musicians and Ghislain Jutras

SOIRÉE DES RETROUVAILLES

 

Terry Melanson is a singer, guitarist and songwriter from Moncton, New Brunswick. Since the 1990’s, he has played in various musical groups, often as lead singer. He has been greatly influenced by country artists and bands such as Alabama, Randy Travis and Glen Campbell. In 2009 and 2013, Melanson recorded two country folk albums with the group Acajun, which won the 2007 “Future Choice” award in Moncton. Many of the songs on these albums reached #1 on the region’s francophone charts. Since 2015, Melanson has also been the lead singer of the AcadieParty Band, which has also released chart-topping singles.

Although Terry enjoyed singing with these groups, he decided it was time to make a name for himself as a solo artist. After two years of writing and developing his new material, Terry was able to record his very first solo album in Nashville – a long-awaited dream finally realized. This country album contains 12 traditional songs with a modern sound. Terry wrote the songs in collaboration with other local songwriters. Once again, six of his songs have topped the charts, from spring 2019 to autumn 2021.

For his part, Ghislain Jutras has performed on the Island a number of times in recent years. This traditional Québécois dancer, who accompanies himself on the diatonic accordion, jaws harp and foot rhythms (seated dance), is much appreciated for his energetic, authentic and unifying style.

Jutras knows how to adapt to any type of audience. “Whether in a classical or electro-trad atmosphere, he takes pleasure in transmitting from night to night that touch of humanity unique to square sets!” according to his promotional material. Ghislain, who began performing in the 2000s, inherited his talent from his grandfather, who was well known as a caller of the 50’s. He has performed across Canada and as far away as Haiti.

Réveil

LA DANSE D’ÉVANGÉLINE ET GABRIEL
 
Southeastern New Brunswick band Réveil considers their appearance at the Acadian Festival a high point of their summer, a tradition highly anticipated as they know they’ll be welcomed with open arms by the crowd in Abrams-Village.
 
As always, Réveil performance will be “100 percent French music, with a traditional Acadian feel, and energy that promises to get everyone dancing!” Recognized as one of Acadie’s most popular musical groups, Réveil is made up of Matt Hayes on fiddle, Joey McKinnon on drums, Marc Léger on bass guitar, Nancy Blanchard on vocals, Brian Hébert on electric guitar, Kevin Arsenault on vocals and acoustic guitar, and Richard Bourque on mandolin, acoustic guitar and banjo.
 
Over the years, Réveil has recorded four albums: Sans problème (2007), Ah! Qu’il fait beau! (2009), On y va!!! (2012) and Allez, buvez (2016). The original songs on the album were written by brother-sister duo Kevin Arsenault and Nancy Blanchard. Their music has been played extensively on French-language radio stations in the Atlantic region, and their presence is a must at any major celebration in Acadian towns and the Magdalen Islands.
 
Last spring, they went back to the studio to record their energetic hit “Olé, olé, les Acadiens”. The crowd can look forward to seeing the band perform it this summer.