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    Vermont trio rocks traditional French music!

    Vermont’s own Va-et-vient includes Carol Reed on voice, guitar and mandolins, Suzanne Germain on voice and percussion, and Lausanne Allen on voice, fiddles, flutes, and mandolins. With backgrounds rich in French cultures and language, through lifelong experiences living and traveling in French-speaking lands, they create beautiful harmonies, teaching and engaging audiences. Since 2001, this band has carved out its place in New England and particularly in Québec, where its ties to traditional musicians provide a fountain of resources in collections of songs, tunes, and dances. Wherever they travel, they add to their répertoire of French, Québecois, Cajun, and Créole music. ******* Le répertoire du groupe Va-et-vient se concentre essentiellement sur la musique du Québec, de la France et de la Louisiane. Une population considérable dans la Nouvelle Angleterre est d'origine franco-canadienne. Ces musiciennes célèbrent la richesse de cette culture et, à travers leur musique, la maintiennent en vie dans des spectacles ainsi que des ateliers, destinés aux plus jeunes comme aux plus âgés.
    Carol Reed

    Carol Reed

    Voix, guitare, mandolines

    Carol learned French at 10, attending school in Switzerland (1968-1969). This Middlebury College French major (’79) studied in Paris, playing guitar in the Métro, then traveled Europe performing street music. A French teacher for 25 years (grades 1-12), she regularly attends Québecois traditional music festivals, singing and teaching this music & dance to all ages.

    Carol Reed

    Carol Reed

    Voix, guitare, mandolines

    Suzanne Germain

    Suzanne Germain

    Voix, percussion, flûte

    Suzanne grew up speaking French in a Québecois family in South Burlington, Vermont. A Nurse Practitioner by day, she travels regularly for adventure and to lend her skills in communities in crisis around the world. Wherever she lands, she gathers songs and stories, and is a multilingual singer.

    Suzanne Germain

    Suzanne Germain

    Voix, percussion, flûte

    Lausanne Allen

    Lausanne Allen

    Voix, violons, mandolines, flûtes, pipeaux

    Lausanne spends her life pursuing music, dance, and crafts. She has performed with many bands over the years, teaches several instruments, plays many more, and is a regular dance caller in New England. An avid traveler, she is quick to trade tunes and tales with musicians she encounters.

    Lausanne Allen

    Lausanne Allen

    Voix, violons, mandolines, flûtes, pipeaux

    'Addison Independent,' Feb 16, 2017: Va-et-vient honors its Franco-American roots

    BY ELSIE LYNN PARINI Music has been used as a way to communicate and connect for a long time — a way to come and go freely across cultures, borders and languages.  The best part is that you don’t have to have a fancy degree or know all your scales; all you need to make music is the passion (a sense of rhythm helps, too). The local trio Va-et-vient — appropriately translated from French as “go-and-come” — is inspired by the members’ Franco-American roots.  With backgrounds rich in French culture and language, Carol Reed, Suzanne Germain and Lausanne Allen create beautiful harmonies, while teaching and engaging audiences on both sides of the

    Addison Independent, Arts & Leisure cover, February 16, 2017