Father Adrien Arsenault and Albin Arsenault, c. 1975

ather Adrien Arsenault and Albin Arsenault playing the harmonium and fiddle respectively, c. 1975 Photo courtesy of Georges Arsenault

Father Adrien Arsenault and Albin Arsenault playing the harmonium and fiddle respectively, c. 1975
Photo courtesy of Georges Arsenault

Father Adrien Arsenault was a priest, well-loved professor, musician, artist, playwright, director and a tireless worker for the Arts in Prince Edward Island. Born in Mont-Carmel, and a proud Acadian, he would share his love of Acadian culture and the arts with the community.

Albin Arsenault was a well-known fiddle player from Cape Egmont who played many house parties, weddings and dances. He learned to play the fiddle at age 12 and did not stop! The photo depicts a scene that is familiar to many an Islander – the house party. After the dishes were cleared, the fiddles would come out, and the house would reverberate with the sounds of music that previous generations would have sung.

Although many Acadian folksongs were written on the Island, such as “Jérôme”, a large number were imported from France when the Acadians settled here in the 1720s and continue to be passed down to this day. Traditional dances often accompanied the music.

 

 

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