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On the program for Saturday November 5, 2011 - BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet - Phil Flowers

On this Saturday's edition of the program - A feature on Moncton New Brunswick's Phil Flowers and his award winning recording 'People People' - and a concert from Louisiana's BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet recorded at the 2011 Celtic Colours International Festival
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Phil Flowers is five nights a week in a hotel room. Phil Flowers is a typewriter and a guitar. Phil Flowers is cigarettes and whiskey. Following the untimely dissolution of Moncton, New Brunswick's The Courage of Being, Phil Flowers, armed with resolution and an acoustic guitar, went off on his own with the intention of making music that reflects the anxieties of existence and the integrity of true art thru traditional forms. Under the heavy influence of American folk music, blues, and jazz, Flowers creates the perfect atmosphere for his fiercely imagist lyrics about social heartache, deception, and candour. Not long after Phil Flowers set out on this new endeavour, a handful of early recordings were made public, a handful of demos including one "Sonny Resident", and the masses were hooked, afflicted with a new aural addiction. Though often performing alone with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and a harmonica, Phil Flowers is often accompanied onstage by the Empty Seats a group consisting of Marc-Andre Belliveau(drums), Marc Landry (bass) and Mathieu Leblanc and If you may chance to bear witness to this collaboration, you will know that there is something unusual in the atmosphere. With passion and soul, you'll be brought to the summits of mountains and so far down into the chasms below. You'll be marked for many days and nights thereafter. .

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Since forming in 1975, Grammy winners BeauSoleil have claimed their undisputed role as the most esteemed Cajun group in music. BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet take the rich Cajun traditions of Louisiana and artfully blend elements of zydeco, New Orleans jazz, Tex-Mex, country, blues and more into a satisfying musical recipe. From The Grand Ole Opry to Newport Folk, from concert hall to dance floor, the music of BeauSoleil continues to captivate audiences the world over. This was the first visit for Beausoleil to Cape Breton Island. Nova Scotia was the place where their ancestors were deported from in the 1750's - A long road home.

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