We have discovered Tess thanks to Rita Cormier de la Garde, the president of l'Association Acadienne de le Région de Québec. AARQ is one of the numerous organizations affiliated to the WM-MW network. Rita is happy to give a chance to Acadian independent composers and songwriters to be known worldwide. Tess Leblanc is an Acadian singer, bodhran player, and step dancer. She was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, to a family where music was a way of life. She began singing alongside her musically talented father and sisters. The Leblanc home regularly resounded with bagpipe and fiddle tunes, classical music and folk songs and, as her interest grew, Tess went on to join several Moncton choirs. In 1980, Tess's interest in step dancing and Gaelic singing led her to attend St Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, where she studied Gaelic. This was followed by a program of studies in Ethnology at Laval University, in Quebec City, the place she now calls home. Tess's remarkable voice, terrific stage presence and personal charm have captivated audiences at festivals and concerts across Canada, the United States and France.
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