Legendary Cajun accordion player Jesse Lége and Cajun fiddler extraordinaire Joel Savoy are joined by the Foghorn Stringband as Cajun Country Revival, performing at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Alice’s Champagne Palace. Tickets are $10 at the door. Savoy also does a Cajun fiddle workshop from 3-4 p.m. Tuesday and Sammy Lind of Foghorn Stringband does an Old Time Fiddle workshop from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday. Lége will do private accordion workshops on request.
Cajun Country Revival came together when Lége and Savoy had heard the music of Foghorn Stringhorn band and liked it so much they decided to form the group. Cajun Country Revival plays a blend of Texas honky tonk and Cajun music captured from the dancehalls of Southwest Louisiana in the 1930s and 1940s and given new life in today’s American roots music scene.
Lége grew up in a rural, pre-electricity home in Gueydan, La., where he spoke Cajun French and learned music from relatives, neighbors and the family’s much-loved battery-powered radio. Today he is one of the most admired Cajun accordionists and vocalists in the world. Joel Savoy is a Grammy award winner, and two-time Cajun French Music Association “Fiddler of the Year.” He has been playing with Lége the last 15 years and with the renowned Savoy Family Cajun Band since he was a teenager.
Composed of Caleb Klauder, Sammy Lind, Nadine Landry Reeb Willms, the Portland, Ore., based Foghorn Stringband started with the core duo of Klauder and Lind and have been spreading the old-time string band gospel ever since. Canadian singer and bassist Nadine Landry, from Québec via the Yukon, joined the band in 2008. Singer and guitarist Reeb Willms joined the band from Bellingham, Wash., and together they bring tight female duets and a rock-solid rhythm section.