Cedric Watson and the Mad Minstrels AMoA's Summer AMoA AfterHours Concert is going to be something a little different than you may be used to! We take you back in time with an old time String Band, fronted by Grammy Nominated Zydeco multi-instrumentalist Cedric Watson. The Mad Minstrels is a musically and historically interesting side-project styled after the old string trios of the late 19th century, featuring Fiddle, Gourd Banjo, and Upright Bass. Their repertoire includes ballad standards such as John Hardy, as well as many obscure, or orignal songs. They describe their style as Roadside Acoustic Walkabout Dance Music. They have played at themed festivals like Steampunk and Makers Fair in Lafayette, and the Cane River Music Festival at Oakland Plantation, in Natchitoches Parish. In June, they will play here at the Alexandria Museum of Art, as our Third Thursday AMoA AfterHours entertainment, on June 17, starting at 6:30pm, and will tie in with our Summer Exhibitions period.
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Cedric Watson is one of the most noted young talents with unlimited potential to emerge on the French Creole music scene in recent years.FacebookWebsite
Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole One of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade, Cedric Watson is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter with seemingly unlimited potential.Originally from San Felipe, TX (population 868), Cedric made his first appearance at the age of 19 at the Zydeco Jam at The Big Easy in Houston, TX. Just two years later, he moved to south Louisiana, quickly immersing himself in French music and language. Over the next several years, Cedric performed French music in 17 countries and on 7 full-length albums with various groups, including the Pine Leaf Boys, Corey Ledet, Les Amis Creole with Ed Poullard and J.B. Adams, and with his own group, Bijou Creole.cedricwatson.com
Cedric Watson and Bijou Creole Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole resurrect the ancient sounds of the French and Spanish contra dance and bourr alongside the spiritual rhythms of the Congo tribes of West Africa, who were sold as slaves in the Carribean and Louisiana by the French and Spanish.With an apparently bottomless repertoire of songs at his fingertips, Cedric plays everything from forgotten Creole melodies and obscure Dennis McGee reels to more modern Cajun and Zydeco songs, even occasionally throwing in a bluegrass fiddle tune or an old string band number. Unlike many of his contemporaries, he is also a prolific songwriter, writing almost all of his songs on his double row Hohner accordion. Cedrics songs channel his diverse ancestry (African, French, Native American and Spanish) to create his own brand of sounds.Cedrics albums are a tapestry of pulsing rhythms and Creole poetry, and his live performances are unforgettable, all at once progressive and nostalgic.We dont want to forget that one of the biggest contributions to our culture, music and heritage was made by the Native Americans. I find that the old Zydeco rhythms sound like a mix of African and Native American ceremonial rhythms. This mlange very possibly came about through the intermingling of the Native American population and the Maroons. Cedric WatsonFacebookWebsite
Label: Valcour Records