It is impossible to overestimate the profound influence Moncton’s Roland Gauvin has had on the music scene in the Atlantic region as well as on an international scale. This author-composer-performer is a founding member and driving for behind three of New-Brunswick premier musical groups: Roland & Johnny, Les Méchants Maquereaux and the legendary 1755.
In the 1970s, an era marked by political and cultural change, 1755 broke through barriers separating the ‘two solitudes’ in New Brunswick. The ‘Beatles of Acadia’, with their unique blend of traditional roots music and rock, gave Acadians a band to call their own. At the time, they introduced their many young Anglophone fans to Acadian culture.
Roland Gauvin absorbed the music of Acadia at his grandfathers knee, who shared with the young boy his love for the traditional songs of his heritage. The lessons of childhood have never left Gauvin; he has devoted a great deal of time serving as an ambassador for the province and for Canada at cultural events across the country and around the world. He has created special programs for young audiences, taking his unique entertaining and educational act on the road to schools throughout Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Western Canada and France.
Besides working with and as a mentor for a variety of young artists in his home province Roland is now enjoying a successful solo career. In the year 2000 he is awarded simultaneously the Prix Hommage Éloize and Étoile at the Gala du Millénaire. In 2007 he is awarded the André Thadée Bourque and Louise Manny Award for Excellence in Music by the province of New Brunswick and the Order of Canada for his contribution and devotion in the promotion of Acadian culture and music around the world. Finally he and his fellow band mates of the group 1755 received the prestigious Dr Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award for their musical contribution at the East Coast Music Award in February of 2008.
Charisma is defined as the ability to inspire enthusiasm, interest or affection in others, Roland Gauvin posses a vast amount of this very quality. He gives of himself generously, in order to preserve the Acadian heritage that run so deep within his musical soul.
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