A documentary featuring Franco-American musicians from Maine by Portland filmmaker Huey (James Coleman) is about Ben Guillemette, a fiddler from Sanford, and Lionel “Toots” Bouthot, a singer, guitarist, and piano player from Biddeford. Now in their 60s, both men started playing music when they were very young, learning songs and tunes that had been passed down through their families for several generations. Bon Soir Mes Amis” shows how the musicians have adapted and updated their musical heritage for contemporary audiences and it helps demonstrate the vitality of Maine’s Franco-American community.
The video includes footage from many dances and concerts, including those taped during La Kermesse Festival in Biddeford; The 50th National Folk Festival in Lowell, Mass.; The Festival of American Folklife in Washington, D.C.; the Rockport Folk Festival; and the Bowdoinham Town Hall Country Dance.
The video also features the accordian music of Richard “Dickie” Morneau of Lyman, who was a 1990 nominee to the Maine Country Western Music Hall of Fame. Other traditional musicians interviewed in the video are: Jeff McKeen, Greg Boardman, Ellen Gawler, Jon Cooper and Josee Vachon.