The fishermen are invited to head out to sea on a beautiful moonlit night. But a storm springs up and the father is lost. The son goes off to comfort his mother.
This is probably the best known and best loved song among all Acadians. The version we hear here is a more formal one; there was/is another version sung in the Chéticamp area.
This performance is a part of a field recording of Le Festival Acadien, held in Petit-de-Grat from July 30 to August 3, 1980. It was collected for the Beaton Institute by Paula Webber, Alan Cash, Ken Simpson, and Heather MacDonald.
This annual event commemorates the arrival of the first ancestors of the Acadian people at Port Royal, Nova Scotia. The 1980 festival held special meaning as it was the 375th anniversary of the founding of Port Royal by Samuel de Champlain, thus marking the long existence of the Acadian culture in Nova Scotia.
Le Festival Acadien is an expression of a people’s pride in their heritage and culture and celebrates the past accomplishments of the hard working Acadian people. Through their music they relate the history of Acadie, and remember its heroic figures such as Evangeline and Gabriel.
Partons La Mer Est Belle, 1980. T-921. Beaton Institute, Cape Breton University.