USM's Franco-American Collection has recently received a substantial and generous donation of materials relating to the 'C'est Si Bon' band from one of its former members. Lionel Meservier has given the Collection items which span the group's thirty-year history, including photographs, albums (including several unique recordings of live sets) and awards and souvenirs from the many festivals in Maine, New England and Quebec at which the band performed.
C'est Si Bon in 1999. Left to Right: Don LeBlanc (Fiddle); Eddie Bouchard (Guitar); Gerry Meservier (Drums); Nel Meservier (Keyboard) and Ray Chouinard (Spoons)
In addition to Lionel (Nel) Meservier, Eddie Bouchard, Ray Chouinard, Don LeBlanc, Gerry Meservier, Mickey Meservier and Therese Dube all played with C'est Si Bon at various times. The members were not only successful musicians, who produced several commercially-released albums, but also active members of the Franco-American community. The new donation is therefore also of importance for the light it sheds on past Franco festivals in Biddeford, Augusta, Lewiston and further afield.
The C'est Si Bon items will be housed permanently at the Collection, and available to view during our regular opening hours. Anyone with further C'est Si Bon or festival memorabilia is also invited to add them to the Collection, which is open Monday - Thursday, 9 - 4 and located at 51 Westminster Street. For more information, please contact the Collection at 753-6545 or firstname.lastname@example.org