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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. Al is from Cecilia; Dan is from Lafayette, Ward is from Scott 01:22 Demonstration: Perdin Two-Step 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 one of the only bands to balance rock influence with Cajun and make the music danceable; Al Berard 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 Ward Lormand 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” 14:30 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. 19:11 Demonstration “Two Step Waltz” 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 Interview ends.
Allison Miner interviewer. Filé with Ward Lormond, Al Bernard, Darren Wallace.
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