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Barachois is a Canadian band from Prince Edward Island that plays traditional Acadian music.

The members of the group are:

Albert Arsenault - fiddle, percussion, bass, vocals
Hélène Bergeron - keyboard, guitar, fiddle, vocals
Louise Arsenault - fiddle, guitar, vocals
Chuck Arsenault - guitar, horns, vocals

The group was formed in the mid 1990s. Hélène Bergeron and Albert Arsenault are siblings, and Louise Arsenault is a distant cousin of theirs, but Chuck Arsenault is not related. The name of the group refers to a barachois, an Acadian word for a type of shallow lagoon found on the ocean shores of eastern Canada.

Paul Gallant was a former member of the band and left some years ago to pursue a career with “Le Conseil des arts de Chéticamp” as well as writing songs for several artists from the east shore.

The band’s self-titled debut album was nominated in 1997 for three East Coast Music Awards, winning one of them, Francophone Recording of the Year.

Barachois has toured Canada and the US, as well as 11 other countries.

The band has separated recently. Chuck and Albert are now touring the maritimes and enjoying a success with the “Chuck & Albert” concept including music and skits. Louise and Hélène are currently playing in the traditional French-Acadian band Gadelle.

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  • armenianweirdo

    I saw this band at the East Lansing Folk Festival a few years ago and they were really good...I bought a cd of them, and I still listen to it often.

    20 Aug 2008 Reply

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