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Episode #3405

The Cajun Influence

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Friday, March 14, 2014

For this New Sounds, we’ll sample music that shows the influence of traditional Cajun music from the fiddling, the accordion, the triangle and other instruments, in somewhat unusual contexts.  Listen to several excerpts from Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin's score for the film “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” set in Louisiana, along with music by the late Michael Galasso. Then there’s music by the Penguin Café Orchestra who drew from Cajun fiddling, and the influence comes out on pieces like “Swing the Cat” and “Bean Fields.”

Before roots music became a thing to do, there was the project Last Forever of Dick Connette and Sonya Cohen (niece of Pete Seeger.)  Their ambitious adaptations of American Folk music were sometimes based on pieces of Cajun folk wisdom.  Plus, hear music by the great Cajun band, Beausoleil and Beausoleil’s Michael Doucet in collaboration with Darol Anger, formerly of the Turtle Island String Quartet. All that, and more.

PROGRAM #3405, The Cajun Influence  (First aired on 12/07/2012)                                         

ARTIST(S)

RECORDING

CUT(S)

SOURCE

Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Les Veuves de la coulee, excerpt [:45]

Available at Amazon.com

Beausoleil

Live! From the Left Coast

Les Veuves de la coulee, excerpt [:45]

Rounder  ROUCD 6035
www.rounder.com

Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Bathtub

Available at Amazon.com

Penguin Café Orchestra

Signs Of Life

Swing The Cat [3:25]

EG Records EEG 50
Most PCO albums are on the EG label and are available online: www.penguincafe.com

Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

Beasts of the Southern Wild

The Survivors [1:57]

See above.

Last Forever

Last Forever

Wild Goose [5:47]

Nonesuch #79447
Available as a bonus CD with "No Place Like Home" package through 2ndstorysoundrecords.com
More at:
www.dickconnette.com

Beausoleil

The Best of the Crawfish Years 1985-1991

Cochon de Lait [3:00]

Rounder Records 11661-6099
www.rounder.com

Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Until the Water Goes Down [1:39]

See above.

Penguin Café Orchestra

Signs Of Life

Bean Fields [4:25]

See above.

Darol Anger, Michael Doucet,  Philip Aaberg et al.  

Heritage

La Ville des Manteau [4:40]

Six Degrees #524 434
www.sixdegreesrecords.com

Dan Romer & Benh Zeitlin

Beasts of the Southern Wild

Once there was a Hushpuppy [6:32]

See above.

Michael Galasso

Scenes

Scene V [7:45]

ECM #1245
www.ecmrecords.com

Various Artists: Beausoleil 

More Cajun Music And Zydeco

Je M'endors [3:21]

Rounder #11573
www.rounder.com

A Leroy (Dick Connette)  

Private tape

Sliding Delta Blues [3:18]

Not commercially available. A. Leroy (aka Dick Connette) leads the group Last Forever, see above.

 

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