Paul-Emile Comeau

 

Acadian Driftwood

Paul-Emile Comeau has written for New Internationalist, Dirty Linen, Global Rhythm, National Geographic Online, Penguin Eggs, Rolling Stone, No Depression, fRoots, Maverick, The Gulf Coast Historical Review, and various other cultural and French-language publications. As a broadcaster, he has written and hosted programs for the national Radio-Canada and RFA (Le Réseau francophone d’Amérique) networks, and has also done pieces for Basic Black, one of CBC Radio’s most popular radio programs during the 1980s and 1990s. He lives in the Baie Sainte Marie (or Clare) region of Southwestern Nova Scotia..


 


During the 1980s Paul-Emile Comeau published a catalog called Canadisc. The goal was to promote and make available some of the best small label albums of all genres that were being produced in Canada. The catalog was highly praised in over twenty magazines from North America and Europe. Thanks to this initiative Mr. Comeau was invited to write and host a radio series called D’une Plage à l’Autre for the national French-language Radio-Canada network. The two-hour thematic program, which aired on Saturday evening and was devoted to little known Canadian music, was a first for the network. A few years later Mr. Comeau wrote and hosted a 13-part series on the history of Cajun music which was broadcast twice on the Radio-Canada network. He also did some features on life’s everyday mysteries for one of the network’s regional programs. He also did some features on fads and unusual forms of music for Basic Black, one of CBC’s most popular programs during the Nineties. More recently he has produced a series of programs called Passeport Musique and a series of short vignettes called Connexion acadienne.

Paul-Emile Comeau originally began writing reviews for Rolling Stone (during the magazine’s heyday in the early Seventies) and for Fusion (the latter another high profile national U.S. magazine from the same era). After a long hiatus of fifteen years or more he began writing regularly on a very wide range of music for well-known international magazines such as  Dirty Linen (folk and roots music of all kinds), Global Rhythm Magazine (world music), Penguin Eggs (Canadian magazine of roots, folk, and world music), No Depression (country), Strange Music! (esoteric forms of music), Goldmine (rock and pop music), as well as for British magazines fRoots, Maverick, Rock’n’Reel, and Traditional Music Maker, and for the Web publications Roots World and National Geographic Online. He has also written columns for New Internationalist as well as articles for several historical, cultural, and French language publications. He is also a specialist in Acadian and Cajun music.

In 2005 Mr. Comeau formed Les Productions Le Moulin (www.lemoulin.ca), an association that produces high quality concerts in the Baie Sainte Marie (or Clare) region of Southwestern Nova Scotia.