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Folksongs Of The Louisiana Acadians - Various Artists

Cod.artículo: 359

Precio: $15.00

CD 359

Historic field recordings made by Dr. Harry Oster in Mamou and Eunice, La., between 1956 and 1959 of Cajun ballads, ceremonial songs and dance music. Includes all selections from ARH LP 5009 plus most selections from ARH LP 5015 along with several previously unreleased selections. 28-page booklet includes original historic comments and the English translations to most of the songs.

1. Grand Texas - Chuck Guillory
2. Colinda - Wallace "Cheese" Read
3. Tu Peux Cogner - Mrs. Odeus Guillory
4. La Patate Chaude - Mrs. Rodney Fruge
5. Je Charche Tout Partout - Wallace "Cheese" Read
6. T'Es Petite, Mais T'Es Mignonne - Wallace "Cheese" Read
7. La Danse De La Limonade - Mrs. Rodney Fruge
8. La Betaille Dans Le 'Tit Arbre - Isom J Fontenot
9. Grand Mamou - Savy Augustine
10. La Danse De Mardi Gras - Bee Deshotels
11. Mes Souliers Sont Rouges - Bee Deshotels
12. Contredanse Francaise - Isom J. Fontenot
13. Y Avait Boitine Boiteuse - Bee Deshotels
14. Aux Natchitoches - Bee Deshotels
15. Contredanse De Mamou - Shelby Vidrine
16. Saute Crapeau - Isom J. Fontenot
17. Cadet Roussel - Isom J. Fontenot
18. L'Arbre Est Dans Ces Feuilles - Bee Deshotels
19. J'Ai Traverse La Mer Et Les Montagnes - Isom J. Fontenot
20. Fiddle Stomp - Wallace "Cheese" Read
21. Ma Chere Belle - Wallace "Cheese" Read
22. French Jig - Wallace "Cheese" Read
23. Empty Bottle Stomp - Wallace "Cheese" Read
24. I Met A Girl In The Swamp - Wallace "Cheese" Read
25. You Had Some But You Don't Anymore - Isom J. Fontenot
26. Two-Step De Lanse Maigre - Isom J. Fontenot
27. Mamou Breakdown - Wallace "Cheese" Read
28. Prison Song - Austin Pitre
29. Ninety Nine Year Waltz - Milton Molitor
30. Lost Lover Breakdown - Austin Pitre
31. Le Blues De Elton - Milton Molitor
32. Contredanse - Austin Pitre
33. Molitor Waltz - Milton Molitor
34. Hey Mom - Milton Molitor


“When folklorist Harry Oster recorded the 34 selections on Folk-songs of the Louisiana Acadians from 1956 to 1959 in the Mamou Prairie of Southwestern Louisiana, little attention was being songs and dance tunes had become largely the province of the older members of the community; many of their children and grandchildren were drawn, as were their peers elsewhere, to commercial, popular American culture. The "Cajun Renaissance" that has since taken place has at least some of its roots in Oster's interest and in Folklyric and Arhoolie Records' release of many of his field recordings.

The music on this expanded CD collection ranges from dance tunes to randonees (cumulative songs). Some, such as "Cadet Roussel," can be traced to early 17th century France. Others, including the well-known "Tu Peux Cogner Mais Tu Pas Rentrer" ("Keep A Knockin' But You Can't Come In"), reveal more modern and cross-cultural influences, including blues, country and Caribbean music. Sometimes the influence was reciprocal: Country music fans will easily recognize "Grand Texas," sung and played here on fiddle by Chuck Guillory, as the melodic source of Hank Williams' ersatz Cajun "Jambalaya." There are lots of fiddles, accordions and guitars, along with some spoons, a triangle and simple, yet wonderful harmonica played by Isom J. Fontenot, who provides much of the singing. Among its other virtues, this excellent collection is a rich source of songs. Vocal styles range from Bee Deshotel's rich, relaxed singing with guitar accompaniment to the plaintive, high-voice cry commonly associated with Cajun music. Ambient sounds on many of the cuts evoke the relaxed feeling of the homes or the revelling of the dance halls in which they were recorded, reminders that this music was an important part of the daily lives of the people who helped to keep it alive.”

(MG — Sing Out!)

“These wonderful 1950s field recordings of Cajun musicians and singers by Dr. Harry Oster have seen the light of day in previous incarnations, but this is by far the most satisfying collection, including a couple of numbers never issued before, in its nearly 80 minutes. This is relaxed, homey Cajun music, not a high energy dance hall wall of sound or slick studio-fication; it really satisfies. Some of the performers are quite well-known: Chuck Guillory, Cheese Read and Austin Pitre, for example. But Shelby Vidrine's hot, rhythmic fiddling on 'Contredanse de Mamou' and Isom Fontenot's all too rarely heard Cajun harmonica (chordal, split-tongue style) on more than half a dozen selections make this a 'must-get' item in my book. No, it's not Steve Riley or Beausoleil, but it is wonderfully heartfelt down home music.”

(Kerry Blech — Victory Review)