International live band The Cajun Roosters to headline Ulverston gig

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MULTI-NATIONAL live band The Cajun Roosters will be bringing their deep-fried Southwest blues sounds to Ulverston next month.

The five-piece, whose members hail from five different countries, appear live at the Coronation Hall on Saturday October 14.

It is a coup for Ulverston Live Music, who will be staging the show in addition to their monthly programme, having also welcomed The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain earlier this summer.

The Cajun Roosters specialise in the music of deepest Louisiana, and are devoted to Cajun and Zydeco music.

Over the last few years a new sound has been gaining momentum, using familiar instruments like guitars, accordions and fiddles played in a way that is fresh and vibrant.

The music's roots are centuries old but here in Europe it comes as a breath of fresh air, with its driving beat, hearfelt emotions, and trance-like melodies.

Just like in the 1960s with the blues, European bands are taking Cajun and Zydeco music and honouring its traditions whilst at the same time giving it a new twist - with The Cajun Roosters leading the way.

Formed in 2005 by some of the most respected musicians of the genre, they quickly established a strong reputation, and were picked up by Mark Lamarr and invited to be in session on his BBC show for Radio 2, God's Jukebox.

Previous to this, the band's UK-based accordion player and vocalist Chris Hall was invited to record with the likes of Kate Bush and Bill Wyman and also recorded and appeared on TV with ex-Beatle and rock god Sir Paul McCartney.

The band has been performing all over Europe as well as in Indonesia at the world music festival SimFes in Sawahlunto.

Cumbrian folk favourites Room Full of Mirrors will be providing support on the night.

The four-piece outfit are established as one of the county's best-known acts, having appeared at many of the region's biggest festivals and events, including Solfest, Kendal Calling and a main stage appearance at Keswick Mountain Festival.

Drawing upon every rootsy genre, from Celtic tunes to reggae grooves, Eastern European vibes to Americana, Middle Eastern sounds to English folk music, the band have a pop sensibility and an infectious groove.

The show on Saturday October 14 starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are available from the Coronation Hall box office.

Monday, September 18, 2017 at 6:24PM
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