La Bolduc - Mary Travers
Mary Travers, La Bolduc, was born in 1894 in the small fishing village of Newport, on the Gaspe Coast. Growing up, she learned to play music and to sing traditional Acadian and Irish folk songs. At thirteen, she left for Montreal, to work as a maid and it was there that she later married Édouard Bolduc.
La Bolduc is a rags-to-riches story of a Gaspesian woman who rose above her challenges and became a major recording star. During the peak of her popularity in the 1930s, she was known as the Queen of Canadian Folk Singers, and is often considered to be Quebec's first singer-songwriter of the early 20th century.
This is her story.