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Florida Cajun and Zydeco No 71 Feature this issue: “Rockin’ with Wilson Savoy”

Everyone in his family is a musician. His father is also a famous Cajun accordion builder. His mother is a noted author. His brother owns a record label. It probably never occurred to Wilson Savoy that he could just be a musician. This article covers how Wilson Savoy came to organize the Pine Leaf Boys band (with lots of great photos by David Simpson), and some of the projects he has undertaken following his other passion, building stuff out of wood.

Published on Nov 3, 2018  

Features twice-monthly dances in St. Pete on Nov. 6 and Nov. 20; “On The One,” story on Horace Trahan and the New Ossun Express; Mojo and the Bayou Gypsies, a band that performs mostly in theaters in New Orleans and tours the midwest; Festival-O-Rama; and Swing Dance featuring Cajun band Tom Rigney and Flambeau on Friday, Nov. 17 at the Suncoast Jazz Festival in Clearwater Beach. Excerpt: “In 2013, Horace Trahan came out with By Special Request that includes one song that has to be considered one of the most exuberant and contagious zydeco dance tunes ever written. Hearing that tune, “On The One (Love to Zydeco),” made me stand up and say, wow!”


We have also booked the fabulous Folk House for the 2019 festival – it  will be the 2nd weekend of October again and the actual dates are 11th to 13th October. Great news, eh? Please feel free to share that far and wide and most importantly, put them in your diary! It will be our 15th year!


We are really sorry to bring you the news that next year’s Yorkshire Cajun & Zydeco Festival has had to be cancelled. As most of you know The Milton Rooms had agreed to take over the running of the Festival from 2019. However, a number of factors have been at play resulting in the Board of the Milton Rooms coming to this decision at their meeting on Friday 21 October 2018: ‘With everything else that we’re having to deal with both practically and financially right now we really can’t commit to this for next year. I know that will be disappointing for supporters but we’ve by no means ruled it out for 2020 and we’re happy to discuss this anytime.’
We will will continue to talk to The Milton Rooms over the coming months and no doubt if you wish to express your views to them ( on how much coming to Malton means to you, it wouldn’t do any harm! Let’s hope that 2020 will see a resurgence and this much loved Festival will not be lost for good.
Glyn Roberts
Yorkshire Cajun

Florida Cajun Zydeco Update! #69 — October 2018  

Published on Sep 30, 2018  

Features twice-monthly dances in St. Pete on Oct. 2 and Oct. 16; two reviews of Curley Taylor CDs; Festivals Acadians et Creoles in Lafayette, Louisiana Oct. 11-14; Festival-O-Rama listings on Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Festivals Acadians et Creoles, Suwannee Roots Revival; South Louisiana Blackpot Festival and Cookoff; Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival; Halifax Art Festival, Riverhawk Music Festival, Cracklin Festival, and Suncoast Jazz Festival featuring Tom Rigney; Halloween Zydeco Party in Tallahassee with JB’s Zydeco Zoo; and Carolina Gator Gumbo performing in Atlanta on Oct. 7

Florida Cajun Zydeco Update! No. 68 | September 2018 
Published on Aug 31, 2018
Feature story on Bonsoir, Catin, a powerhouse Cajun band of women. “When we play here in Louisiana, everybody’s dancing.” Also, a barber who is in the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame, the parallels of Acadian’s flight from Nova Scotia in the 1760s and present day refugees, Festival-O-Rama, and Halloween party at BBC featuring JB’s Zydeco Zoo. Excerpt: According to Perrin, “Acadians are generous people who truly understand what it means to be at the mercy of the rest of humanity.”

Published on Jul 23, 2018  

Feature stories on Lynn August, musician blind since birth yet made his mark on zydeco; and the Grand Re-Opening of the Bradfordville Blues Club in Tallahassee. Dikki Du and the Zydeco Krewe return to Tampa’s Skipper’s Smokehouse on Friday, August 3. Festival-O-Rama features listings for the most popular festivals in August, September and October. And Louisiana Seafood Fests writeup by Join us in downtown St. Petersburg on Tuesday, August 7 and August 21 for dancing to some of the best Cajun and zydeco music recorded. Excerpt: “A blind person’s worst enemies are the people who’ll baby you. You won’t learn to take care of yourself. You never learn to be nothing.” — Lynn August

Een documentair project over de Cajun-rockband The Lost Bayou Ramblers is bekroond met de Franse Culture Film Grant van het industrie-initiatief #CreateLouisiana en het televisienetwerk TV5 Monde.

“Op va continuer!” (We gaan door!). Deze woorden besluiten elk concert gespeeld door The Lost Bayou Ramblers. Het geluid van zijn instrument resoneert nog steeds wanneer Louis Michot, de violist en de zanger van de band, zijn boodschap van hoop aan de menigte geeft. “Cajun-cultuur en muziek zijn niet dood. We gaan door! ” read on ….

Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival

The 14th Bristol Cajun & Zydeco Festival

12th to 14th October 2018

A whole weekend of Louisiana-style music, dance food, drink meeting new people and having a good time!

Again we’re lucky to have top bands playing a mixture of traditional
and modern cajun and zydeco:

Fri evening: Bearcats
Sat afternoon: Pon Bro
Sat evening: Po’ Boys
Sun afternoon: Bayou Tapestry
Sun afternoon slightly later: Lil’ Jim & Hazel Scott
Sun evening: Zydeco Diamonds

We also have jam session in the bar on Saturday afternoon, dance
workshops by Carol (zydeco, Saturday only) and Dennis & Liz (cajun),
DJs and MCs Carole (Lil’ Queenie) and Nigel (Flying Home) of Swamp Rock
Club, London; jamming and a licensed bar and cafe – in short, “A whole
weekend of Louisiana-style music, dance, food, drink and meeting

Programm and booking details as well as further info is making it’s way to our website at

Yorkshire Festival News: To all our supporters – past, present and future 

We are pleased to be able to tell you that from next year the Yorkshire Cajun Festival is to be run directly by our fabulous venue for the past 7 years – THE MILTON ROOMS. The dates are confirmed as 15-17 March 2019.

 The small Yorkshire Cajun Committee of John, Anne, Olga and myself felt unable to continue with the Festival in it’s present form mainly following John’s radical change of circumstances which would drastically limit the time he has available. Other commitments and (in my case) advancing years have also been factors. We shall be advising The Milton Rooms on bands to book etc.

I would like to assure everyone that we have remained financially sound throughout and we wish to thank all supporters of the Festival, all those who have offered and given help, our incredible Cajun Kitchen Krewe, the Milton Rooms for all their support and for agreeing to take over organisation of the Festival. Please continue to support them to keep this great Festival going. Jeremy Powell has told us he is prepared to continue to provide the sound – thanks Jeremy, great job! Finally I want to specifically mention the enormous contribution of John Adamson. As the main Festival organiser, John has booked all the bands, arranged their accommodation, dealt with all the finances and masterminded the decoration of the hall  amogst many other things. 

Lastly, we shall not be passing our mailing list to the Milton Rooms so you will need to be on their list. Here is a link to the dedicated Festival page where you will be able to subscribe to receive Festival information in future :-

Cajun Festival 2019 « The Milton Rooms

15-17 March 2019. The Milton Rooms management is pleased to announce that it has agreed to take over the running of the 8th Cajun and Zydeco Festival in 2019 and all information will be made available via this section of the Milton Rooms website. We look forward to seeing you in Malton next year when of course you will see a lot more of us on the dance floor as we will have Cajun/Zydeco festival on our doorstep!

With Best Wishes , Glyn Roberts (Chair) and all at Yorkshire Cajun 

Deze maand juni stonden we in het prachtig vormgegeven Florida Cajun & Zydeco Magazine #66 met : Florida Cajun Zydeco Update! No. 66 for July 2018 includes the feature story on T-Broussard, band leader of the Zydeco Steppers. Also in this issue: The Reading Edge, how the newspaper typeface Poynter Text got its start in St. Petersburg, FL; ZydecoZity, the Dutch radio program, interviews Gary Hayman; zydeco evangelist Gary Hayman has also been an outstanding marksman, an expert skier, and a professional hypnotist for 18 years; and the Suwannee Roots Revival signs on more artists to the October festival in northern Florida. En dat allemaal naar aanleiding van het interview met Gary Hayman vorige maand. Lees het magazine online 

Last weeks Zydeco Mystery Song Mailing Lists, and the week before, have been quite UNIQUE so I thought I would like to bring your attention to them.

Frog Legs ] was the oldest (1967) recording that I have featured on the ZMS mailings
Zydeco Wiggle [ ] was perhaps the newest (this year) recording that I have featured,

Frog Legs was extracted from an early technology recording – a 45 rpm record, while Zydeco Wiggle was from a more modern digital download Both had something in common, they weren’t part of an album but were offered as single recordings. Chances are, before my mailings, you have never heard either (the originals) before.  If you missed hearing them, click the links on my original emails or the above links and give them a long or short listen. Gary Hayman

zydecozity 2019

The ZydecoZity Festival dates for 2019

Contest to honor 100-year-old fiddler, veteran
The Wilie Durisseau First Annual Fiddle contest is set for June 29-30 at the historic Hotel Cazan in Mamou. The contest is open to all styles, including Creole, Celtic, Cajun, zydeco, classical, mariachi, bluegrass and conjunto. read more

Fans remember Vin Bruce, Nolan Dugas
Cajun music fans are mourning the loss of two legends who passed away last weekend. Ervin “Vin” Bruce, one of the first Cajun musicians to perform at the Louisiana Hayride and Grand Ole Opry, died Friday in his hometown of Cut Off. Nolan Dugas, known for the Cajun classic, “Wait Until I Finish Crying,” died Saturday. Dugas, 81, also played and recorded with the Cajun supergroup, High Performance. Read more

05-07-2018 Dorpsplein in Ulvenhout optreden Laroux
12-07-2018 Homesick and the Louisiana Men
Jammer dat we nergens de aanvangstijd kunnen vinden (Facebook)

Zydeco La Louisiana14-06-2018  Onlangs met het interview over de her opstart van het Ameland Festival werd het duidelijk dat we weer een nieuwe zydeco band hebben met aan het roer oudgediende Peter Mul.

Zydeco La Louisiane is een ‘Zydeco Power Trio’ met Bill Honing op Drums, Peter Kummer op Bas en Peter Mul op Accordeon. De naam van de band verwijst enerzijds naar de stijl van de muziek, en anderzijds naar de unieke cultuur van de staat Louisiana met zijn Franstalige wortels.

Een optreden van Zydeco La Louisiane is een reis door de geschiedenis van de Zydeco en een hommage aan de muzikale helden van de band zoals Buckwheat Zydeco, C.J. Chenier en Chubby Carrier. Laissez Le Bon Temps Roulez! [Facebook]

Hieronder al een klein opwarmertje:

03-06-2018: Festival datums. Het 14 de Bristol Cajun & Zydeco festival gaat plaatsvinden van 12 tot 14 oktober 2018. De datum voor het Yorkshire festival voor 2019 is inmiddels ook al bekend gemaakt 15 tot 17 Maart. Iets dichterbij is een Cajun festival eind deze maand in Boissy-Maugis (61) een lokatie die je vindt in de driehoek Parijs, Le Mans – Orleans  Op dezelfde datum hebben wij op Ameland de herstart van Zydeco At Sea

02-06-2018: Een van de mooiste Cajun en Zydeco nieuwsbrieven komt uit Florida. De meest recente editie vindt je hier: Florida Cajun Zydeco Update! #65 June 2018

Feature story is Chris Ardoin: Storied past. Bright future. Story mentions Creole musicians in the Ardoin family: Amede Ardoin, Alphonse Bois Sec Ardoin, Milton Ardoin, Lawrence “Black” Ardoin, Sean Ardoin, Morris Ardoin, Russell Ardoin, Ronald Ardoin, Dexter Ardoin, Marcus Ardoin. Festival-O-Rama festivals occurring in June, July and August. Atlanta Cajun Zydeco Association Dance will be Roux du Bayou Cajun Band on June 16. Cajun Zydeco Dance in St. Pete is June 5 and June 19. Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown will feature Louisiana cuisine on Father’s Day, Sunday June 17. Willis Prudhomme Living Legend CD in 2006 was produced by Chris Ardoin.

28-05-2018:  Tijdens het Festival van ZydecoZity liepen we tegen Peter Mul aan. De recorder lag aan de mengtafel dus tijd voor een interview was er niet. Peter vertelde dat hij met een nieuwe band bezig was; “Zydeco La Louisiana”. De try-out had reeds plaatsgevonden en de eerste twee optredens stonden al gepland eind juni op Zydeco At Sea op Ameland.

Een optreden van Zydeco La Louisiane is een reis door de geschiedenis van de Zydeco en een hommage aan de muzikale helden van de band zoals Buckwheat Zydeco, C.J. Chenier en Chubby Carrier.

28-05-2018: Op het festival kwam ik ookWim Kwaku Yeboah tegen. Hij is door Sam Murray meegezogen in de zydeco en was al vele malen te zien bij de ZydegoNutz als gastspeler op het wasbord. Wim vertelde een zydecoband te willen beginnen. Hij zoekt nog iemand op accordeon.


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