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John Whelan and Donna Hébert: The Irish-French Connection

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Date: May 28, 2010

John Whelan and Donna Hébert: The Irish-French Connection

Free Concert on June 23

with Franco-American Week Events


Lowell, MA John Whelan and Donna Hébert: The Irish-French Connection will perform Wednesday, June 23 at Immaculate Conception School Hall, as part of Lowell’s Franco-American week. The free concert, honoring Lowell’s Franco-American and Irish American cultural heritage, is sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park. Come experience award-winning French-Canadian fiddling, legendary Irish button accordion, brilliant flatpick and fingerstyle guitarists, and engaging songs in Gaelic, English, and French.


Icons in their Irish- and Franco-American musical communities, John and Donna spark the Irish-French connection to life onstage! Each brings 40 years of performing and recording experience to this new group. In their stage and educational programs, repertoires and traditions stand distinct and separate and then find themselves blending and reinventing into something new, as did the Irish and French-Canadian immigrant communities in the northeast where both groups migrated in the 1880s to work in the textile mills.


This free concert will take place at 7:30 pm, following the ham and bean supper in the school hall of Immaculate Conception School, 218 East Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA. All are welcome. Free parking behind school.  For more information about the supper preceding the concert and Franco-American Week events, please visit http://francolowellma.com/.


For more information about Lowell National Historical Park visit www.nps.gov/lowe or call 978-970-5000.



Did You Know?

Lowell, MA

Gamblers today can buy a "lucky cologne" which has its origins in the heart of Lowell National Historical Park. One of several local patent medicine companies, E.W. Hoyt & Co. produced personal products like Rubifoam tooth cleaner and Hoyt's German Cologne on Middlesex Street during the late 1800's.