French-speaking Acadian people, deported from the Canadian Maritimes, were scattered about the American continent in the 18th century. May of them landed in the multicultural and polyglot Louisiana, where "Acadian" music evolved into "Cajun," while those who eventually returned to Canada rekindled their distinctive Acadian style.
Today those genres are vastly different, yet the historical bridges remain: the fiddle has traditionally been the driving force in both Acadian and Cajun dance music, and many songs embody archetypal themes of deep yearning. Most importantly, in spite of the challenges they have faced, both peoples know how to make their own fun, refuse to take themselves too seriously, and love to dance. This collection of vocal and instrumental music from both communities reflects their shared commitment to laissez les bons temps rouler!
Hear samples from select pieces.