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Allons Danser
Bois Sec Ardoin with Balfa Toujours
Allons Danser
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music
 
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Ardoin is from one of the two royal families of Creole-Cajun music (the other being the Balfas). He has recorded only sporadically over the years (this is his first studio gig in over 20 years!), and usually as a sideman r...  more »

      
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All Artists: Bois Sec Ardoin with Balfa Toujours
Title: Allons Danser
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rounder Records
Original Release Date: 7/14/1998
Re-Release Date: 2/2/2009
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music
Styles: Regional Blues, Cajun & Zydeco
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011661608122, 011661608146, 011661608122

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Ardoin is from one of the two royal families of Creole-Cajun music (the other being the Balfas). He has recorded only sporadically over the years (this is his first studio gig in over 20 years!), and usually as a sideman rather than the star. He is a full-time farmer, a father to 13 kids, and yet manages to be a legendary musician as well, with a 50-year relationship with fiddler Canray Fontenot and the Duralde Ramblers (until Fontenot's death in 1995) and a longtime musical friendship with the Balfa family. It is this latter friendship that brought this album to fruition. Christine Balfa, daughter of Dewey, is a regular house party guest at the Ardoin's, and she and her band Balfa Toujour offered to be the band for this album. They are the perfect choice, with their deep traditional heritage but also a youthful sense of adventure, so this is no easy revival, but a great, lively album of new and old tunes that bring the talent of Ardoin to the forefront. His instantly recognized style is one of substance over flash, with even the simplest of lines jumping right out of the CD with free-spirited fun. The tunes include both Creole and Cajun favorites, a few more recent tunes, and a terrific "Duralde Ramble" as a bit of a tribute to Fontenot. --Louis Gibson

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James T. Russell | Greater New Orleans area | 02/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have ripped the seams and threads from the fabric of the lives and many cultures of Southern Louisiana. The food and music, both of astounding variety and abundance, are needed to carry us through, and connect all of us from all our roots to our futures. Allons Danser, by Bois Sec Ardoin, more than ably assisted by Balfa Toujours, does all that. It brings out sadness, family and friends, good times, and hope. It is among the first of my CD's to re-obtain after my collection was ruined by flood waters, being in my office of the VAMC's basement, directly between the Superdome and Charity Hospital. All the major groups represented on the monumental work are here in South Louisiana by damnable treatment by fellow humans: African-Americans, French Acadians, and the Irish. But let's not dwell on the past. We have come this far by letting the good times roll."