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1989 Filé with Ward Lormond, Al Bernard and Darren Wallace
Fri Apr 28 1989
34:56 Audio Cassette Master; WAV and Mp3 on Server and Cloud
00:00 Musical Zydeco Intro; Thank you and informal introduction from musicians Al, Dan, and Ward. 00:42 Al’s from Cecilia; Dan’s from Lafayette, Ward is from Scott 01:15 Ward introduces next song “Perdin Two-Step” and announces that Allison is going to ask them questions after. 01:22 Demonstration, Song title: Perdin Two-Step 04:30 Song ends 04:50 Allison compliments the song and then begins questions; Asks Darren Wallace to tell us about his background and when he started playing and his first early musical influences. 05:22 Darren Wallace talks about his family coming from Texas to Louisiana for the oil business; grew up around French people, Cajun music; Dewey Balfa and Lionel Leleux strongest Cajun fiddle influences. 06:29 Allison notes File as 1 of the only bands to balance rock influence with Cajun and make the music danceable; calls Al Berard to talk about his traditional music influences; Al speaks of coming from a different musical background; starting off playing guitar, old country music songs; rock band at 15; comes from a real Cajun background. 08:28 Allison asks Ward Lormand about his background and first musical influences. Ward talks of his start playing drums and then playing the accordion of his roommate, Cochon inspired him to start playing Cajun; primary accordion influence Felix Richard 09:44 Demonstration; song written by Al Berard “Marie”, Allison joins demonstration on triangle 14:30 Al proclaims it’s too early, thanks the people who came to the Maple Leaf the night prior; introduces next demonstration “Turtle Tail Bayou” 18:27 Allison asks where they learned the songs; Ward responds he knew them because they were ingrained in him from growing up in a bar; Ron Brown with the largest collection of Cajun 78s sends him songs. Darren learned next song from fiddle player Vorice Conner, Al and Ward wrote words to it “Two Step Waltz” 19:11 Demonstration “Two Step Waltz” 22:10 Allison opens questions to the audience; announces File’s ensuing performance at 1:30pm. 23:08 Demonstration; Cajun music for remaining 6 minutes of session. 26:46 Demonstration; new song begins 33:08 Last Song ends; Allison makes closing commentary and thanks Darren Wallace on Fiddle, Ward Lormand on Accordion and Al Berard on Guitar, P’tit Fille; Ward thanks the surprisingly large audience 34:56 Recording ends.
Allison Miner interviewer. Filé with Ward Lormond, Al Bernard, Darren Wallace.
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