Various Artists: Louisiana Cajun and Creole Music: The Newport Field Recordings

Audio Samples

>Danse de Mardi Gras
>Lacassine Special
>Valse du Bambocheur, La
>Hackberry Hop
>Valse des Platains, La
>Lake Arthur Stomp
>Parlez-Nous à Boire
>Valse d'Orphelin, La - Austin Pitre
>Flammes d'Enfer, Les - Austin Pitre
>T'as Fini de Me Voir - Evangeline Playboy/Austin Pitre
>Hack à Tit Moreau
>Si J'aurais des Ailes
>Ville de Mantoue, La
>Oú T'étais Mercredi Passé
>Bonsoir, Moreau - Canray Fontenot
>Untitled Dance Tune - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin/Canray Fontenot
>Eunice Two-Step - Canray Fontenot
>Quo Faire - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin/Canray Fontenot
>Jorgue au Plombeau - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin/Canray Fontenot
>Bétaille Dans le Tit Arbre, La - Aubrey DeVille/Isom Fontenot/Preston Manuel
>Vieux Boeuf et le Vieux Chariot, Le - Aubrey DeVille/Isom Fontenot/Preston Manuel
>Robe à Rosalie, La
>Prairie Ronde, La
>Talle Déronces, La
>Pinières, Les
>Tréville T'es Pas Pécheur
>Danse de Limonade
>[CD-ROM Track]

Track List

>Danse de Mardi Gras
>Lacassine Special
>Valse du Bambocheur, La
>Hackberry Hop
>Valse des Platains, La
>Lake Arthur Stomp
>Parlez-Nous à Boire
>Valse d'Orphelin, La - Austin Pitre
>Flammes d'Enfer, Les - Austin Pitre
>T'as Fini de Me Voir - Evangeline Playboy/Austin Pitre
>Hack à Tit Moreau
>Si J'aurais des Ailes
>Ville de Mantoue, La
>Oú T'étais Mercredi Passé
>Bonsoir, Moreau - Canray Fontenot
>Untitled Dance Tune - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin/Canray Fontenot
>Eunice Two-Step - Canray Fontenot
>Quo Faire - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin/Canray Fontenot
>Jorgue au Plombeau - Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin/Canray Fontenot
>Bétaille Dans le Tit Arbre, La - Aubrey DeVille/Isom Fontenot/Preston Manuel
>Vieux Boeuf et le Vieux Chariot, Le - Aubrey DeVille/Isom Fontenot/Preston Manuel
>Robe à Rosalie, La
>Prairie Ronde, La
>Talle Déronces, La
>Pinières, Les
>Tréville T'es Pas Pécheur
>Danse de Limonade
>[CD-ROM Track]

Album Notes

Liner Note Authors: Barry Jean Ancelet; Bill Nowlin; Ron Stanford; Fay Stanford; Ralph Rinzler; Thomas Vennum, Jr.

Recording information: Dewey Balfa's, Basile (04/20/1966); Eunice, LA (04/20/1966); Fontenot Home, Welsh, LA (04/20/1966); Harry Balfa's, Mamou (04/20/1966); Mamou (04/20/1966); Newport, RI (04/20/1966); Pitre Home, Mamou, LA (04/20/1966); Revon Reed's Home (04/20/1966); Dewey Balfa's, Basile (07/16/1967); Eunice, LA (07/16/1967); Fontenot Home, Welsh, LA (07/16/1967); Harry Balfa's, Mamou (07/16/1967); Mamou (07/16/1967); Newport, RI (07/16/1967); Pitre Home, Mamou, LA (07/16/1967); Revon Reed's Home (07/16/1967); Dewey Balfa's, Basile (10/09/1965); Eunice, LA (10/09/1965); Fontenot Home, Welsh, LA (10/09/1965); Harry Balfa's, Mamou (10/09/1965); Mamou (10/09/1965); Newport, RI (10/09/1965); Pitre Home, Mamou, LA (10/09/1965); Revon Reed's Home (10/09/1965); Dewey Balfa's, Basile (10/13/1965); Eunice, LA (10/13/1965); Fontenot Home, Welsh, LA (10/13/1965); Harry Balfa's, Mamou (10/13/1965); Mamou (10/13/1965); Newport, RI (10/13/1965); Pitre Home, Mamou, LA (10/13/1965); Revon Reed's Home (10/13/1965); Dewey Balfa's, Basile (10/16/1965); Eunice, LA (10/16/1965); Fontenot Home, Welsh, LA (10/16/1965); Harry Balfa's, Mamou (10/16/1965); Mamou (10/16/1965); Newport, RI (10/16/1965); Pitre Home, Mamou, LA (10/16/1965); Revon Reed's Home (10/16/1965); Dewey Balfa's, Basile (10/18/1965); Eunice, LA (10/18/1965); Fontenot Home, Welsh, LA (10/18/1965); Harry Balfa's, Mamou (10/18/1965); Mamou (10/18/1965); Newport, RI (10/18/1965); Pitre Home, Mamou, LA (10/18/1965); Revon Reed's Home (10/18/1965); Dewey Balfa's, Basile (10/24/1965); Eunice, LA (10/24/1965); Fontenot Home, Welsh, LA (10/24/1965); Harry Balfa's, Mamou (10/24/1965); Mamou (10/24/1965); Newport, RI (10/24/1965); Pitre Home, Mamou, LA (10/24/1965); Revon Reed's Home (10/24/1965); Dewey Balfa's, Basile (10/30/1966); Eunice, LA (10/30/1966); Fontenot Home, Welsh, LA (10/30/1966); Harry Balfa's, Mamou (10/30/1966); Mamou (10/30/1966); Newport, RI (10/30/1966); Pitre Home, Mamou, LA (10/30/1966); Revon Reed's Home (10/30/1966).

Editor: Ralph Rinzler.

Photographers: Cyprien Landreneau; Adam Landreneau; Bill Nowlin; Ron Stanford; Ralph Rinzler; Austin Pitre.

Translators: Barry Jean Ancelet; Catherine Blanchet.

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. ~ Richie Unterberger



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