2009 Bands & Performers
Cajun Roosters (Germany, UK, Holland)
A Channel-crossing groove-machine with awards and appearances too numerous to mention, the Cajun Roosters play cajun and zydeco as a main course with a healthy side order of bayou blues and swamped up rock'n'roll. With UK's Chris Hall on accordion, Michael Bentele, Hartmut Hegewald and Klaus Warler from Germany on bass, fiddle and guitars respectively and Sam Murray (Holland) on drums you can't help but Dance All Night!
The Cajun Dawgs
Demonstrating the great variety of influences to be found in the true sound of the Louisiana Bayous and Prairies, THE CAJUN DAWGS combine traditional Cajun with Rockin' Swamp Blues, Country and early Cajun Rock and Roll, all served up with an earthy, authentic sound resonating back to the 40's and 50's.
A deep south sound track for dancing, loving, laughing and crying, the band's sound contains heavy influences of old timers Nathan Abshire and Cleveland Crochet, with hints of John Lee Hooker and 50's Louisiana Rockabilly Star Al Ferrier. Brothers Bob and Jim Tipler play screaming accordion and heavy twanging guitars respectively and they are joined by the superb rhythm section of Darren Overs-Pearson on Bass and Andy Maby on Drums. Great dancing music served loud and raw with a touch of the dark side, what better way to spend a Saturday afternoon?
Whiskey River Boys
Firm festival favourites, the versatile musicians/vocalists "The Whiskey River Boys" are in reality Martin and Aidan from the UK zydecajun band "Whiskey River". They play Louisiana swamp music from the Deep South plus Old Timey, Bluegrass, Country-Blues and whatever else they fancy... and they play with a genuine passion for the music. They perform in the UK and elsewhere. Meet them at their friendly and inclusive jam sessions in the festival bar for singing, dancing and playing. You'll have a good time just listening, but more so if you JOIN IN.
"The Whiskey River Boys... Magic, sheer magic... a storming triumph!" Folk
The Downtown Cajun Band (Holland)
The Downtown Cajun Band play traditional cajun music the old timey way. Led by former Cajun Company second fiddler Will Pieters, the band also features Ron van Doorneveld (accordion & vocals) and Ed van Dorp (guitar & vocals). With Netty Pieters joining in on the 'tit fer, this exceptionally fine Dutch outfit make music in the tradition of Dennis McGee, Wade Fruge and Dewey Balfa.
Petite et la Grosse
Petite et la Grosse features Hazel Scott on guitar and vocals, Lil Jim on Cajun accordion, Mitch Proctor on fiddle and Chris Hall on drums. They specialise in some of the less well known Cajun songs gathered from old recordings and unreleased archive materials found in private collections and in the Louisiana Archives and Library of Congress, played with a modern edge that brings the music to life. Put simply, the band make effortless traditional Cajun music of high calibre played with passion, skill, grace and attitude. This is high quality Cajun music that will move your heart and feet!
Z-Funk is arguably Europe’s premier zydeco band. No other band this side of the Atlantic has managed so successfully to purvey the deep grooves and electric energy of this infectious accordion-led dance music native to South-West Louisiana. The individual members have extraordinary pedigrees in the world of roots music, and are in regular demand for appearances with visiting Louisiana zydeco stars. The roots of Z-Funk can be traced back to the late 80s but in 2009 Z-Funk are stronger than ever with the line-up now comprising of founder members Gavin Lewery (accordion/vocals) and Tommy Mills (bass/vocals) alongside Dave Luke (guitar/vocals), Sioned Camlin (scrubboard/vocals) and Andy Watson (drums/vocals).
Carol Wilson (Cajun Dance Workshops)
Carol Wilson first discovered Cajun dancing in Los Angeles where by chance she saw CJ Chenier in a bar and to her amazement young couples got up to dance together! Since then she has made regular trips to Louisiana. As the drummer in the Cajun band Zigazag she has studied Cajun music and played with some of the top musicians there. Over the years Carol has also watched the changing nature of their dances. She has refined her own techniques and has taught at a number of festivals and classes throughout the UK and Europe. Carol aims to make her classes simple and accessible to all because “Dancing should be about having fun and enjoying the music.”
Kay Anderson (Zydeco Dance Workshops)
Kay Anderson has been dancing all her life but got hooked on cajun and zydeco music a number of years ago at Broadstairs Folk Festival. Finding gigs and workshops locally proved difficult so she started her own regular dance workshops in Kent where she offered to share what she had learnt. She has led the cajun dance workshops at the Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival between 2004 and 2007, at the Gloucester International Cajun & Zydeco Festival in 2006 to 2008 and each year at the Broadstairs Folk Festival since 2001 - as well as teaching a monthly cajun and zydeco dance workshops in Kent! If you’re down south, look up www.kentcajun.org.uk and come and join in the fun. "You learn by doing!"