Thursday 13, 2011
                       MARQUETTE, Mich.—A performance titled “The French-Canadian Song: Monique Jutras and Jean-Pierre Joyal” will be held on Friday, Oct. 28, at Northern Michigan University as part of the Upper Peninsula Folklife Festival. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. in Jamrich Hall room 102.

Jutras is a singer, ethnologist and multi-instrumentalist. She will be joined by Joyal, a fiddler and musicologist. Jutras plays guitar, harmonicas, jaw harps, bones and spoons. Her repertoire of French traditional folksongs from Québec includes working, rowing, maritime and childrens’ songs, medieval ballads, call-and-response party songs and typical Québécois mouth music (turlute) that highlights French-Canadian history and culture in a unique way.

Joyal is a founding member of the group Éritage and has toured nationally and internationally. He earned a master’s degree in ethnomusicology from the University of

Montréal. His research topic was "Instruments and practices in the popular Québec tradition.” Joyal is one of the most knowledgeable resources on traditional Québécois music.

Admission to the concert is $10 for adults and $5 for students. The event is sponsored by the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at NMU. It is funded in part by a grant from the Province of Quebec, Chicago Delegation and by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Kristi Evans
News Director