Grand Dérangement – Saturday, September 21 – 7:30 pm
The bow fires up the fiddle and the sparks fly when this Acadian band ignites the stage. In an all out explosion of lights, sounds, contagious rhythms and amazing step-dancing, Nova Scotia’s young, hip ambassadors defy you to sit still.
The name Grand Dérangement refers to the expulsion of the Acadians in 1755, but the name also alludes to the group wanting to rouse its audience. This award-winning group from the Saint Mary’s Bay area of Southwestern Nova Scotia is very eclectic in its musical approach, drawing from such disparate musical inspiration as French chansonniers, folk, Celtic, rock, and Broadway. The rhythms are contagious, the dancers enthralling.
Grand Dérangement is ambitious in targeting an audience and has succeeded in acquiring an acclaimed international reputation. The group acts as an Acadian ambassador and its popularity in Europe and the United States is on the rise. The musicians are raising the profile of Acadians and Michel Thibault’s songs are setting new standards for Acadian songwriting.
Grand Dérangement holds a special place in the world of French-language music. The group builds a bridge between the old and the new, between the local and the universal. Grand Dérangement is creating a new Acadian musical repertoire, one that will survive for as long as Acadian culture remains alive and vital.
Sponsored by McSoley, McCoy & Co.