Louisiana Cajun and Creole Music: The Newport Field Recordings

Louisiana Cajun and Creole Music: The Newport Field Recordings


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The field recordings on this CD, comprising 27 tracks and half a dozen acts, were recorded and edited between 1964 and 1967 by Ralph Rinzler. (Note that although the disc is subtitled "The Newport Field Recordings, 1964-1967," they were not taped at the Newport Folk Festival; they're so named as they were supported by the Newport Folk Foundation.) This was an era in which Cajun music was far less known internationally than it would be in a few decades' time. Thus these performances were more historically important, and (at least to the popular music mainstream) exotic, than they would be to knowledgeable roots music fans of later generations. Although the musicians were recorded in informal circumstances (and sometimes in their homes), the fidelity is clear if a little variable, and the performances relaxed. While this CD compilation can't capture the spectrum of Cajun and Creole music within its 75 minutes, it does present a variety of styles associated with the genre. The Balfa Frères play casual full-band arrangements with fiddles, guitar, accordion, and triangle; Austin Pitre & the Evangeline Playboys modernize things with some electric guitar and drums; and Edius Naquin brings things back to their most elemental with just vocal and fiddle. Dewey Balfa, one of the more renowned Cajun musicians, is heard both as part of the Balfa Frères and (on triangle) as accompanist to the more stripped-down duo of Adam & Cyprien Landreneau, who feature just vocals, fiddle, and accordion. Overall, the material is on the more traditional side of the styles and of more interest to folkloric-oriented audiences than more casual festival-going ones, but not without its entertainment value regardless of your level of scholarly curiosity. Note that far more extensive liner notes than the relatively brief ones in the CD booklet -- running to 84 pages and including French and English lyrics, as well as numerous photos -- are in a folder that can be accessed by putting the disc in a computer drive.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661612129
catalogNumber: 616121
Rank: 117318

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathan Abshire   Accordion
Dewey Balfa   Fiddle,Triangle,Vocals
Canray Fontenot   Fiddle,Vocals
Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin   Accordion,Vocals
Nelda Balfa   Triangle
Rodney Balfa   Guitar,Vocals
Will Balfa   Fiddle
Johnny Burke   Triangle
Hadley Fontenot   Accordion
Isom Fontenot   Harmonica,Vocals
Cyprien Landreneau   Accordion,Vocals
Preston Manuel   Guitar
Austin Pitre   Fiddle,Accordion,Vocals
Adam Landreneau   Fiddle,Vocals
Harry Balfa   Triangle,Spoons
Alan Ardoin   Fiddle
Aubrey DeVille   Fiddle,Vocals
Edius Naquin   Fiddle,Vocals
Michael Tate   Drums
Jesse Fontenot   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Elvin Beauregard   Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Barry Jean Ancelet   Liner Notes,translation
Bill Nowlin   Liner Notes
Ralph Rinzler   Engineer,Liner Notes
Thomas Vennum   Liner Notes
Ron Stanford   Liner Notes
Catherine Blanchet   translation
Fay Stanford   Liner Notes

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