Folk Fest

Main Stage Sunday Afternoon

Date: Sunday August 5th

Time: 2:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Francophone Performances

Date: Sunday August 5th

Time: 11:45 AM - 12:30 PM

Les Benoits

Whenever you hear The Benoit's you'll always be moved in every sense of the word by the stellar musicianship and wonderful spirit that continues through their music both new or old. Rooted in the traditional music of Newfoundland's Port au Port area, The Benoit's sound is a melange of French, Irish and Scottish influences. The Benoit's are a tight knitted ensemble that brings Doug Benoit on accordion, fiddle and banjo, his son Devon on percussion and acoustic guitar and Doug's nephew Shane Blanchard on bass guitar and acoustic guitar. Newfoundlanders from the Port au Port peninsula are well known for their kitchen parties, and this is where the soul of The Benoit's music began. The late Mattis Benoit along with his son Doug is where the group started in the early 1990's but they played together for many years prior to the beginning of the group, as far back as the early 1970's when Doug was a young boy. Since the beginning, the group came from playing local talent shows and fundraisers in the Port au Port area to festivals all over Canada, but also even as far as Saint-Aubin-sur-Mer, France. As Mattis' grandsons grew up submerged in this wonderful music and true passion of this traditional culture, it came natural to them and in 2009 Devon and Shane joined the group. In the summer of 2012 The Benoit's released their debut album that takes you back to the days of old with tracks such as 'La Farine' (the title…

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