Thursday, 2 December 2010
2011 Festival Press Release / Bayou Brothers Announced
Now in its eighteenth year, the festival was founded by Pat Roberts and Louis Hawkins back in 1993, inspired by a love of Cajun music and a fascination surrounding Cajun dance. From its humble beginnings as a one-day event, it is now regarded as one of the best around, with enthusiasts flocking to Gloucester from all over the world, and this year’s line-up is pretty special.
Friday night headliners The Zydeco Diamonds, led by ex-ZFunk accordian player Gavin Lewery, who is widely considered to be the best Cajun/Zydeco accordian player in the UK, will be joined for this tour only by Harold Guillory, one of the biggest names in the genre today. A direct descendant of Zydeco founder Amade Ardoin and grandson of the great Boisec Ardoin, Harold will also be running his infamous dance workshops on the Saturday and Sunday. The Zydeco Diamonds will be joined on Friday by newcomers to the scene, Acadian Driftwood.
On Saturday afternoon The Whiskey River Zydeco Twisters will be making a welcome return to the festival, after they blew the roof off last year. They'll certainly get you warmed up for a real treat on Saturday night in the form of The Flatville Aces, who are renowned as one of the best Cajun bands in the UK. They have one of the most authentic Cajun sounds outside of Louisiana and are sure to be a big hit with festival goers.
The final day of the festival features the brilliant Cajun Dawgs, who combine traditional Louisiana Cajun and Zydeco with swamp Blues, Country and early rock'n'roll, all served up with an earthy authentic sound resonating back to the 1940s and 1950s, and Sunday headliners The Bayou Brothers. All the way from San Diego, their unique blend of intricate harmonies and rocking Zydeco blues, combined with trademark dazzling showmanship and a lot of dancing, will be a riotous end to what proves to be a fantastic festival.
Delivering an unrivalled mix of music and dance rooted in the traditions of America’s Deep South, Gloucester’s Cajun & Zydeco Festival is hot and steamy entertainment for a miserable January.