Bourque Émissaires is the Quebecois duo of Benoit Bourque and Antoine Pigeon-Bourque. Benoit is a versatile artist overflowing with energy and a contagious joie de vivre. He is the recipient of multiple awards including four Juno Awards (the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy). He has become a beloved musician in the New Bedford area and his work as leader of the Celtic Extravaganza makes this climax to the New Bedford Folk Festival a much anticipated event each year. Antoine started playing piano at the age of 11 and accordion at the age of 16. He has a degree in music from Université de Montréal where he studied classical repertoire for piano-accordion. He is a graduate from Collège Saint-Laurent, in Montreal, where he studied tuba and accordion. Benoit has been coming to the festival since 1997. See more about this exciting duo on their web page.