2006 Bands and Performers
Regular visitors to and performers in Louisiana, ZigaZag! are steeped in Cajun culture. Their award-winning recordings have featured on both Louisiana and UK national Radio. Led by talented accordianist Phil Underwood, they play a lively mixture of Cajun classics, Creole tunes and original compositions.
Whiskey River is a 5-piece band hailing from the Welsh borders. Following a visit to the Louisiana Bayous, they named their band in honour of "Angelle's Whiskey River Landing" on the edge of the Atchafalaya swamp. Their exciting mix of goodtime music and zydecajun rock appeals to a wide audience.
Dindon Sauvage (formerly Wild Turkey)
Multi-instrumentalist duo Yves Langlois (Hackney Ramblers, Whitstabillies, ex-Cajunologie) and Chris Taylor (RedEye, Longstone, ex-Cajunologie/Fiddler's Dram/Oyster Band) join forces to create the wonderfully upbeat and broadly appealing Cajun/Creole sound that has been at the heart of the recently burgeoning Cajun scene in Kent. Increasingly known and respected for his fiddle and slide work, Yves also has one of the most exquisite Cajun singing voices you are likely hear.
Joe Le Taxi & The Zydeco Band
"Hot Zydeco Dance Music from the Welsh Frontier!" Joe Le Taxi & The Zydeco Band play hardcore Louisiana Zydeco, authentic Creole blues, sleazy shuffles and old school waltzes, heavily influenced by the raw dance music of such Zydeco legends as John Delafose, Boozoo Chavis and Bebe Carriere. Now in it’s third successive incarnation, Joe le Taxi’s Zydeco Band continues to combine this irresistible Zydeco groove with mantric melodies and crazy twisted love lyrics, to create a stunning original sound which has packed the dance halls from Sidmouth to Shetland; plus the occasional foray into Holland, France and Belgium.
Undoubtedly one of the finest traditional Cajun bands this side of the Atlantic, the Bearcats' pedigree is impeccable. Not only have they played alongside such legendary Louisiana musicians as D.L. Menard, John Delafose and Steve Riley, they have been lauded in their own right with Chris Hall and Mitch Proctor receiving best Cajun accordian and fiddle prizes respectively at the 2006 European Cajun & Zydeco Awards. With the most solid rhythm section on the circuit today, these guys know better than anyone in the UK how to get that sparse but driving Cajun sound that will lift you effortlessly round the dance floor.
This is one serious party band. Heavy duty, hard-rocking zydeco dance music from the UK's Cajun maestros and fronted by the unique sight and sound of Bryn "Mad Dog" Davies. The only UK Zydeco outfit to play Ft. Lauderdale Festival in Florida, and the only band to be asked to play two years running at the Trowbridge festival, Zydecomotion are known for getting audiences up and bopping from the very first number regardless of whether they've even heard of zydeco.
Kay Anderson (Cajun dance workshops)
Kay Anderson has been dancing all her life but got hooked on cajun music a number of years ago after hearing Balfa Toujours play 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 led the cajun dance workshops at the Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival in 2004 and 2005, at the Gloucester International Cajun & Zydeco Festival in 2006 and each year at the Broadstairs Folk Festival since 2001. If you’re in Kent look up www.kentcajun.org.uk and come and join in the fun. "You learn by doing!"
Amrik Singh & Mary Elms "The Zydecajun Dancers" (Zydeco dance workshops)
Amrik and Mary make a welcome return to Bristol to lead the Zydeco dance workshops. They have been dancing and teaching cajun and zydeco dance together for more than 13 years all over UK and Europe at events and festivals such as Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival, Sidmouth International Festival and Raamsdonksveer Cajun & Zydeco Festival (Holland). They have also held regular classes at Sidmouth, Totnes, Newton Abbot and Exeter and appeared on TV and radio in the South West. Zydeco is a great passion of theirs as "it really does reflect a true dancing partnership, yet independent freedom as well, and the self-expression and feel of the different rhythms help to make sure that no two dances are the same".