A time of great music whose influence we cannot forget. Haunting, uncommonly tender folk music from fiddler Delma Lachney, vocalist Blind Uncle Gaspard, and accordion player John Bertrand.Douglas Bellard, a black fiddler, was the playing partner of the great Amede Ardoin before Ardoin decided to go with fiddler Dennis Mc Gee, a white man who could offer him more protection when playing before crowds in those racially segregated days. Here Douglas is accompanied by Kirby Riley, accordion.
Phyllis was an active community worker for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Cancer Society, the Salvation Army, volunteer at the Open Door, the Credit Valley Hospital and the Trillium Hospital in Long Term Care.
Danced to his exciting band at Coz's Blue Goose hall in Eunice around that time, early 80s. The 1920s and 30s were a period of unequalled recording of the musical heritage of our country!
The phonograph was finding its way into many homes, and people wanted to hear local music.
Jack Leger and the Cajun All Stars, Lanor 45s, circa 1975.
He sometimes played accordion for the KEUN Mamou Hour Cajun Band led by Sady Courville when Revon Reed was the host from Fred Tate's. Playing frottoir and singing with Ambrose Thibodeaux on accordion, live 1977 from Fred's Lounge in Mamou, Les Haricots Sont Pas Sales.