By Eric Bourque
Local Acadian musician Julian Babin has released a new CD and its official launch is scheduled for Saturday, March 22, in the Father Maurice LeBlanc theatre, part of the Par-en-Bas school community centre in Tusket. The evening will include a songwriters circle/concert with Babin and other local musicians.
Babin’s new disc is called Sept Chansons Françaises and – as the CD’s French title suggests – it consists of seven French songs.
Babin wrote six of them, the one exception being a track written by Alex Buchanan, the CD’s producer and recording engineer.
Babin, a Wedgeport native and resident, commented on the tempo of the music on the new album.
“It’s more on the slow side,” he said, “but there are some tunes that kind of giddy-up. Jolie Josée (for example) is actually a combination of both, where there are two tempos, so it’s slow in the verses and the chorus picks it right up.”
A 39-year-old who recalls getting his first guitar when he was 12 or 13, Babin says he began writing songs in his early twenties.
As a songwriter, he says inspiration can come from different things, including stuff happening in his own life or something being experienced by people close to him.
“Whether it be good or sad or any type of emotion, you can feed off that and write,” he said.
As far as what he listens to, Babin has had a wide range of musical interests over the years, from heavy metal to mellower pop sounds to – more recently – country music.
He has released about a half-dozen CDs. His latest will be launched on an evening that will include a songwriters circle featuring Babin, Gilbert Surette, Philip and Wendell d’Eon, Clifford d’Eon and Bill d’Entremont.
The March 22 launch is scheduled to get underway at 7 p.m. in the Maurice LeBlanc theatre. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students. This is a Festival acadien de Wedgeport and Festival du Bon Temps event.
Babin’s new CD is available at Carl’s Store (in Tusket and Wedgeport) and the Dennis Point Café in Lower West Pubnico.
The early response to the CD has been good, Babin says.
“Yes, very much so,” he said. “People are very supportive.”