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Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with the National Folk Festival presents

Vishtèn and The Little Stevies

Vishtèn (Prince Edward Island & The Magdalen Islands)

For the past decade Acadian powerhouse trio Vishtèn have acted as Francophone musical ambassadors throughout the world. The Canadian trio has dazzled audiences with their fiery blend of traditional French songs and original instrumentals that fuse Celtic and Acadian genres with a modern sensibility of rock influence.

Hailing from Prince Edward Island’s Evangeline area and from the most remote reaches of Quebec - the windswept Magdalen Islands - twin sisters Emmanuelle and Pastelle LeBlanc join musical forces with Pascal Miousse to form a sophisticated sonic signature combing tight sibling harmonies, layered foot percussion, virtuoso acoustic and electric instrumentation to create an expansive sound that would be difficult to reproduce, in sheer complexity, by a quintet. Their trademark blend of fiddle, guitar, accordion, whistles, piano, bodhrán, jaw harp, octave mandolin and percussive dance make for a unique tour de force of traditional and contemporary sounds.

After touring extensively on three continents, the name Vishtèn is now synonymous with Acadian music worldwide. In addition to releasing five albums and performing at thousands of international festivals - from the Vancouver Olympics to France's Interceltique de Lorient - their music has been showcased on American television (ESPN) and the Japanese film, Finding Anne.

The Little Stevies (Melbourne)

NB *selected shows will feature Rob Longstaff in place of The Little Stevies

The Little Stevies have existed as a band for many years and have taken on many incarnations but the steadfast sisters have always been the heart and soul and they continue to write and make music as The Little Stevies.

Over the years they’ve toured Australia, Canada and the US extensively and have five releases thus far; three full-length studio albums; Diamonds For Your Tea (2013), Attention Shoppers (2011) and Love Your Band (2009), an EP titled Grow Up released in 2006, and 2013′s live album Most Requested 2009-2012.

The most recent release, Diamonds for Your Tea was recorded over 12 months in ‘the spare room’ at nights and on weekends between completing a Masters Degree (Beth) and becoming a mother (Byll).

catch THE LITTLE STEVIES @ Adelong, Girgarre, Dookie, Glenlyon, Apollo Bay, Bonegilla, Balgownie, Orange and Grenfell.

catch ROB LONGSTAFF @ Wauchope, Toongi, Nangiloc, Caldwell, Willaura, Dalgety and Murrah.

ABOUT FESTIVAL OF SMALL HALLS What is it:

The Festival of Small Halls is a series of tours that takes the best folk and contemporary acoustic artists performing at two of our country’s largest festivals, and sends them on the road to tiny halls in communities all over Australia. It is produced by the Woodford Folk Festival in partnership with many other wonderful Australian festivals, regional partners and great lovers and supporters of folk and contemporary acoustic music. It’s an opportunity for music-lovers from welcoming communities to invite artists from Home and Abroad into their towns, and a way of exploring this vast country in the spirit of hospitality and great fun.

The artist line-up for Small Halls will always be at least one Australian artist and one International touring artist, who play music of exceptional quality and heart. They’ve been chosen for the tour not only because of their beautiful songs and tunes, but because they have the ability to really connect with the people they play for, whether through storytelling, the ability to tell a good joke (or a truly terrible one), a wonderful warmth and a real interest in visiting places a little off the beaten track. Each night of the tour is hosted by volunteers from the local community, so it’s also a chance for a town to show off their warmest welcome and most enthusiastic audiences.

From our farmlands to the flood lands, the rainforests to the outback, Festival of Small Halls audiences can expect a beautiful night of original music, as well as a chance to catch up with their families and friends during a supper break, where cake and tea are served. It’s an all ages event and all are welcome.

Click on the tours link to find out if we’re coming to a town near you – and if we’re not, please extend the invitation. We’d love to come visit.

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