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“An aggressive and gifted reanimator of Louisiana Creole music, Cedric Watson sings in entrancing brays and yelps and plays fiddle and accordion in cocksure fashion.” —The New York Times

Moving with ease between fiddle and accordion, Cedric Watson and his group Bijou Creole (including a rubboard player) are among the new generation that carry on the Creole and Cajun traditions. His specialty is zydeco, a Louisiana French blend of Creole and rhythm & blues, making this show extra spicy.

This concert is approximately 1 hour in duration.

 

The Family Music Series is underwritten by Eva Colin Usdan and John Usdan. Generous support is also provided by The Brodsky Family Foundation.

"Les Blues Creole" from Le Soleil Est Levé
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
(Lache Pas Records)

"Allons Nous-Autre" from Le Soleil Est Levé
Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole
(Lache Pas Records)

Brief Bio

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 and songwriter.

Originally from San Felipe, TX (population 868), Mr. Watson 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, Mr. Watson performed French music in 17 countries and on seven full-length albums with various groups, including the Pine Leaf Boys, Corey Ledet, Les Amis Creole and his own group, Bijou Creole.

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole resurrect the ancient sounds of the French and Spanish contra dance and bourré alongside the spiritual rhythms of the Congo tribes of West Africa, who were sold as slaves in the Caribbean and Louisiana by the French and Spanish.

With an apparently bottomless repertoire of songs at his fingertips, Mr. Watson 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. The songs channel his diverse ancestry (African, French, Native American and Spanish) to create his own brand of sounds. His website is cedricwatson.com.


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