Vieux Farka Toure
Joel Savoy, Jesse Lége and The Cajun Country Revival
Experience Cajun culture and music with true Cajun 'royalty' and legends
Monday 30th May 2016, 7.00pm
The Greystones, Sheffield
TalkingGigs is delighted to present a unique gig by this veritable supergroup of American roots musicians. Comprised of Cajun musicians Jesse Lége and Joel Savoy and two members of Portland Oregon’s Foghorn Stringband, this group presents a music that seems to embody all of the things that make life wonderful. Together, they’ve delighted audiences around the world celebrating rather than “performing" the genre that unite them - Cajun music and early Country music.
Son of Cajun music royalty Marc and Ann and the founder of the Louisiana-based label Valcour Records, Joel Savoy is a GRAMMY winner for his production work with The Band Courtbouillon and a nine-time GRAMMY nominee, as well as a two-time winner of the Cajun French Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year Award.
Sharing the stage with Joel for the last 15 years is the legendary Cajun powerhouse, Jesse Lége. Growing up in a rural pre-electricity home in Gueydan, LA, Jesse spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbours and the family's much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world, known especially for his high, clear, “crying” vocals.
Completing the Revival for this tour are Stephen “Sammy” Lind (Minneapolis) on guitar and Nadine Landry (Québec) on double bass, two highly respected members of Foghorn Stringband, the band who continue to set the shining gold standard for American Stringband music.
In true TalkingGigs style the band will explore and demonstrate the roots and history of Cajun music and culture with long-term afficionado and expert in Cajun culture Graham Breakwell - from the 1760s when up to 70 French families from the Pitou region set off across the Atlantic in search of a better life, washing up in Nova Scotia before being hounded by the British down to the mosquito and alligator infested swamps and bayous of Louisiana, where their music melded with the Spanish guitars and German accordions of other exiles to develop the staple line-up of the music today. You'll get the chance to ask the questions that have always interested you ... and also to hear a full set of this emblematic music!