A unique blend of French folk songs and ballads, and Celtic fiddle tunes

La Madeleine performs the songs of Edith Piaf, Jacques Brel, Georges Moustaki, Gilles Vigneault and a variety of other French and French Canadian artists, along with a mix of accordion and fiddle-driven celtic instrumentals.

Madeleine St. Amant

Madeleine grew up in the villages of rural Quebec and was inspired by her mom, who was inclined to belt out Piaf tunes while she mopped the floor. Despite her remarkable vocal quality, she is not a trained singer. She quite simply offers up each song to her audiences with a refreshingly unaffected passion and warmth. Madeleine has performed for decades doing American jazz, folk and pop music but has always been drawn to the songs of her youth in Canada.

Chip Harding

Chip’s career as a band leader, singer/songwriter and recording artist spans four decades. His original songs have received airplay throughout the US and Canada. He and Madeleine raised their three sons playing hundreds of events, from New York to Boston to Camden, Maine, with their function band, Baby Grand. Chip plays guitar and piano and sings with La Madeleine.

Carl Pehrsson

Besides playing accordion with La Madeleine, Carl has worked extensively as a piano player with groups like The Beach Cowboys, The Busters, Crosswinds Jazz Quintet, Jen Thayer and Chronic Jazz Syndrome. He plays frequently at The Press Room in Portsmouth, NH and at private events as a solo jazz pianist. Carl is a
fine songwriter, and has released recordings of his original work.

Emily Barbour

After a high school career that featured all-state and county festival appearances, Emily earned the honor of performing with the (NAfME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles in Grapevine, Texas her senior year. She also played with the Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra through much of high school, the Phillips Exeter Symphony and was a regular at The Lyceum Music Festival in Midway, Utah, where she performed with The Piano Guys.. Emily attends Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.