August 10-12, 2007
Programs & Activities: Music & Dance

Memramcook, New Brunswick, Canada
Acadian Fiddle

Dominique Dupuis, Acadian Fiddler Dominique describes her style as a mixture of Acadian-Irish-Scottish music, a reflection of the intermingling of cultures in her Acadian background. While the history of Acadia begins in the early 1600s with French settlements southern Gaspé Peninsula, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the subsequent domination by the British in the 1700s meant deportation of the Acadians back to France or, for some, to Louisiana. Eventually, those that returned to Acadia mingled with the Scots and Irish that had settled there in their absence, and a natural blending of cultural traditions occurred, Québécois music being more closely aligned with Irish music, and Acadian music more influenced by the Scottish styles.
Dominique was born and raised in a small Acadian village in the southeast of Canada 's New Brunswick. As a small child she regularly attended concerts with her parents and, when she was only five years old, she asked her parents if she could learn to play fiddle, After what she says now were two years of begging, at age seven, she took her first lesson and by age nine she was performing at Le Pays de la Sagouine, a theme park dedicated to Acadian culture. When she was twelve, she was invited to play at the Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette, Louisiana. That year, she also appeared as a special guest with Suroît, a very important and influential Acadian group from the Magdalen Islands in Quebec.
Dominique has performed in Italy, Switzerland and Belgium, but tours mainly in France. In 2004, she represented Acadian culture before 57,000 people at Le Stade de France during la Nuit Celtique (Celtic Night) and was a featured performer at the Festival Interceltique de Lorient, in Brittany, France, an event that attracts over 700,000 people each year.
Although predominantly exposed to Acadian music growing up, her travel has exposed her to other forms of music which continue to influence her style. Her major influences are Eileen Ivers, Natalie MacMaster, and the late Québécois master, Jean Carignan.


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