Tuesday, January 12, 2015
Revelers the Real Cajun Deal
Grammy nominated band to test out Festival's new sound system
Andy Hillhouse, Harrison Fest
ajun and zydeco supergroup The Revelers are set to perform at Harrison Memorial Hall on their latest tour of Western Canada and the American Northwest, Saturday, January 23 at 8pm. This show will be the first one to feature a new sound system recently purchased by the festival society.
The Revelers include founding members of the Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys, who have been called “unquestionably the two groups at the vanguard of the Louisiana cultural renaissance”. While they draw heavily on more traditional Cajun and zydeco styles, the music of The Revelers combines those two classic Louisiana genres with swamp-sop, country, and blues to create a powerful tonic of roots music that could only come from southwest Louisiana.
The Harrison Festival
Artistic Director, Andy Hillhouse, notes that The Revelers’ music is
distinct from the Louisiana sounds that Harrison audiences experienced
with Vancouver’s Cannery Row last September. “Whereas Cannery Row plays
a piano-based, funky type of New Orleans music, such as you would hear
in the music of Dr. John, The Revelers are drawing on pure zydeco and
Cajun music that comes from the countryside, and mixing it with blues
and rock. Their music is driven by the groove of the accordion and
fiddle, with saxophone, electric guitars, and drums as well” says
Cajun and zydeco are both rooted in the Francophone music and culture of the Acadian settlers who were expelled from the Maritime provinces in the late 1700s.
Whereas Cajun is generally more laid back in feel, zydeco and swamp pop music draw on rhythm and blues to create a joyful, exciting feel.
The depth of The Revelers has developed from digging deep into the dancehall traditions of Southwest Louisiana and emerging with an arsenal they call Louisiana Jukebox Music. Music critics are wont to categorize music into clear genre styles, but that’s not really the way folk traditions develop. The Revelers have embraced that musical truth in a way few bands have — the lines between genres are blurred, and wide-ranging styles are honed into an extremely cohesive performance.
Hillhouse is excited to have this dynamic band showcase the festival’s new sound system. “We are going digital with our sound board, and have acquired some new, up to date speakers” he says. “Audiences will notice improved fidelity in the hall, the whole system will be lighter in weight for employees and volunteers to manage, and sound technicians and musicians will be happy with the improved capabilities, which all makes for strong performances. Come on out and hear it in action!”
For more show and ticket info, visit www.harrisonfestival.com/events.events05.gk
About the Harrison Festival Society
Known worldwide for its professional artistry and small town hospitality, the Harrison Festival Society has long been a beacon for growing acceptance of diversity and purpose fueled programming. Each July for more than 35 years the Society has produced the internationally acclaimed Harrison Festival of the Arts, a nine day, cross-disciplinary, multicultural art event set amidst the small town atmosphere and breathtaking scenery of Harrison Hot Springs, BC. A non-profit, grass-roots organization, the Society also presents an annual Season of the Performing Arts from September to May and works closely with a number of Fraser Valley partners in continuing to bring high quality, inclusive and accessible performing arts into the area.
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