From: Lynne and Steve Lane [lynneandstevelane_at_btopenworld_dot_com]
Sent: 31 May 2012 21:50
Subject: Cajun Voyageurs, Pine Leaf Boys: Cajunbarn
Cajunbarn has a couple of fab gigs for you this summer, two wonderful bands from Louisiana.
Sat 16th June: The Cajun Voyageurs
Bobby Michot hails from Lafayette parish Louisiana and has been playing Cajun music since 1982. Since that time he has recorded or made tours with The Michot Brothers, Cory McCauley& his Evangeline Aces, Eddie LeJeune, Lionel Leleux, Les Voyageurs Cajun, Sacaulait, Morris and Dexter Ardoin and the Savoy Michot Cajun band. Bobby is a Louisiana legend! A one-time owner of the Main Street Lounge in Basile Louisiana, ex Cajun radio show host, teacher, traveller, horse tamer, Cajun troubadour but above all, Cajun vocalist and rhythm man par excellence!
Lisa Trahan was raised in Scott, LA. and is a member of The Magnolia Sisters. She comes from a long history of French culture and music. Her father Harry Trahan played for many years in the dancehalls of Louisiana and Texas and often played at home for the family. Other musical members of the family include Harry's brother, Willie T. (a great swamp-pop saxophonist and singer), and Bixy Guidry, Lisa's great grandmother's brother, who recorded Cajun music in the 1920's. In addition to singing, Lisa plays the accordion, bass, guitar, triangle, and rubboard.
Michel Lemare from France plays cool, laid-back Cajun accordion with a touch of creole Zydeco in the mix, and is a long-time collaborator with Bobby Michot playing all over Europe. He has a wide repertoire of Cajun, Creole and Zydeco numbers and plays with a rhythm rarely found outside of Louisiana.
Carol Wilson is a regular visitor to Louisiana where she jams all day, every day and has played gigs at The Liberty Theatre and other landmark venues. Carol counts many of the best known players and personalities in Cajun music and life among her friends and Carol has been complimented by visiting US Cajun players on her drumming and her singing which evokes a deep Cajun emotion.
And hot off the press…….Thursday 26th July: The Pine Leaf Boys
Courtney Granger fiddle, Wilson Savoy accordions& vocals, Jon Bertrand guitars, Thomas David bass, Drew Simon Drums t’fer & vocal
Louisiana's four-time Grammy-Nominated, world-renown Pine Leaf Boys have made a name for presenting their own inimitable brand of Cajun music with youthful exuberance. Hailing from the southwest Louisiana, the Pine Leaf Boys, known for their wild shows and thoughtful arrangements, have breathed new life into Cajun music, reviving ancient songs and bringing them to the bandstand. Being described in the New York Times as, "... the link that connects the young and the old generations," and, "the best new, energetic, and fun Cajun band in a very long time," the Pine Leaf Boys play the old fashion dance hall standards while making a priority to bring many of the more obscure songs of past masters into their repertoire and play them with gusto.
The Pine Leaf Boys have been invited on two occasions by the U.S. State Department to tour the world and present true music to Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Jerusalem in 2009 and again to Latvia, Denmark, and Slovenia is 2010. The variety and energy they release evolves through their shows, bringing multi-faceted angles to Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco. Their mission is to present the beautiful, powerful music of their ancestors and present the real Cajun music to the world and prove that it is still thriving and full of life. The Pine Leaf Boys have preserved the traditional Cajun sound, while allowing it to breathe and stretch with those who play it
contact us or go to www.cajunbarn.co.uk for more info
Lynne and Steve