Fontenot’s Jig and Saute Crapaud, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day and the Scotch-Irish connection.
Alright, it’s Mardi Gras time and I’m going to play a little medley of Mardi Gras Tunes- two-steps, reels, kinda jiggy things. I’ll do the Bafla Mardi Gras into the Accordion Mardi Gras and the Mardi Gras Jig as a little medley. Just to kind of fire you up, get you into the mood of Mardi Gras season coming soon. Scott’s Mardi Gras is this weekend, Super Bowl Sunday. So here we go… [0:33]
Alright, happy Mardi Gras! Those are some of the good tunes you’ll hear during Mardi Gras season, especially if you go to the countryside where they’re going to be chasing chickens and riding on horses or wagons and going door to door collecting ingredients for the big gumbo. I’m not sure what my plans are yet but I know I’ll be having fun Mardi Gras day somewhere, either Lafayette or Mamou or where ever. So hope you enjoyed that! Happy Mardi Gras, get ready for the Mardi Gras season stay inspired, get plenty of beer, and yeah…
Hope to see you out there soon fiddlin’ away! Thank you!
Alright! That was a waltz by Wayne Perry. It was recorded in 1934 in a little bitty community called Indian Bayou which is down the road from here. I live in Scott, Louisiana and if you travel west you run into Duson, and then Rayne and Crowley. Indian Bayou, I believe, was a town just south of Duson. It was a little Scotch-Irish community so a lot of the people from there had names like Perry and Wittington and Clark and not french names or Acadian names.
Wayne Perry had a really interesting style. When he was recorded in 1934 he never was accompanied by another instrument. He just played by himself and not many people know a whole lot about him. I’ve run into a few people that claim to be related to him or be Perry’s from Indian Bayou. His style is really unique and was a great player. He had some really unusual waltzes and played some reels. He influenced people and a lot of bands like BeauSoleil and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. Michael Doucet has some great versions of Wayne Perry’s tunes on the Beau Solo CD and David Grilley has done a great job of re-recording some of Wayne Perry’s music.
I did find some of his actual recordings on YouTube so check it out. I’m going to play a reel and I believe I broke this down. I’m losing track; I have so many tunes on my website but check out my website and the list of tunes I have broken down. Just go to mitchreedmusiclessons.com and if you want to become a member you can join. You can do a day pass and things like that as well but I break down a lot of these old-time tunes. I like old-time Cajun music so let me know, though, if you’re interested in some of the more modern stuff. I love Cajun music and Creole music in general so if you’re interested in some of the more modern tunes, I’ll be glad to talk about those as well.
But I love Wayne Perry’s stuff. I’m going to play this one. A good friend of my Rafe Stefanini recorded this. He was influenced as well by Wayne Perry. Check that out too. It’s on Rafe’s CD called Chickens are Crowin’. It’s on Bob Herring and Rafe Stefanini’s CD as well. Just some good stuff!
So I’m gonna end with that one. Stay inspired, keep on fiddlin’. It goes like this… [04:09]
Wooo! Alright, that’s a wild little tune- Chicken are Crowin’.
Wayne Perry, a Cajun fiddler but definitely a fiddler who had some Appalachian roots of some kind and played like it or maybe just listened to some records of old-timey fiddling. But who knows? The mystery is still out there. If you have any other info on Wayne Perry, let me know. I’d love to know and so would some other fiddlers.
So thanks so much for joining me today. Stay inspired, keep on fiddling and I’ll see you soon!
Pascal’s Zegrets and Cajun Band Lab
Alright, thanks for joining me today. This is my vlog where I talk a little bit about what I’m doing and tunes I’m interested in. And I have a website, MitchReedMusicLessons.com, go check it out! I break down a lot of old-time traditional Cajun and Creole tunes. I break them down at a skill level for beginners and intermediate players. It’s almost the month of January. What I’m going to be doing next is creating these Band Lab classes so if you live around the Lafayette, La area and you’re interested in playing accordion, fiddle, guitar, maybe a little bit of bass drums, triangle, some percussion, whatever and you’re interested in seeing what it’s like to be in a Cajun band, come check it out. You can go to the website and it has all the details there.
So I’m excited about that. I’m going to be teaching, basically, people who have never been in a Cajun band before people who can play tunes on the accordion or the fiddle, or maybe even sing some Cajun tunes or play guitar. Maybe go to jam sessions and stuff like that but they’ve never been in an actual Cajun band. I’m going to teach them what it’s like to be in a Cajun band and what its like to work on tunes as a band, come up with a set list, get gigs, book gigs, all that stuff, real business side of what it’s like to get along with everybody in the band, give and take.
11 yrs of BeauSoliel I’ve learned a lot. It was a great education in not only music but in just living on the road and the business side of music. So anyway, I’m going to be doing that and I’m also looking to do a Cajun Kid’s Band Lab. So if you know anybody that’s out there who’s interested, who have kids that pay Cajun music and would like to see what its like to be in a Cajun band, send them to mitchreedmusiclessons.com.
That first tune I played was an old tune from Canray Fontenot that he called Nonc Adam’s One Step and it’s a neat old Cajun tune and lately I’ve actually been playing a lot of Irish stuff so that’s been fun. I’ve been traveling with Celjun, did a Texas tour with Celjun, and played with them, but still always digging deep to find old Cajun and Creole tunes that are interesting. Go to my website, check it out. I’m going to come out with some new videos this coming month of January. Coming up I’m going to break down a lot of stuff. Feel free to send me comments or requests or anything you’d like me to talk about or break down any styles, or any questions let me know. I just heard a really good Mamou story a while ago but I already forgot it so I have to go back and record the guy telling it. So anyway, that’s just how it goes.
But I’ll end with this tune, this is a good one. Thanks for joining me. I hope everyone had an awesome Christmas and New Year’s is right around the corner so I hope everybody has a fantastic New Year’s.
So I’m going to end with this one and it’s a tune that Dennis McGee did and I never knew the name of it so we just called it Pascal’s Vegrets. It’s based on a story about these two farmers who would fight all the time and one of the one of the farmers was very poor. He planted potatoes and sold potatoes but he was very poor. He lived in a shack and instead of chickens he had egrets that he had caught from the cows. You know egrets will ride on top of the cows and caught them and made them his chickens, or you know, his egg layers. And the other farmer was just real greedy and jealous and he had pigs and potatoes and he’d let his pigs go out into the poor farmers field and trample them all up and ruin his patch. The poor farmers name was Pascal, so Pascal, to revenge himself, he would let his egrets fly out at night and they had long, long beaks and he would make them go peck the greedy neighbors potatoes and ruin all his potatoes so there was this constant warfare going on and this tune I felt symbolizes that. [6:17]
Alright, thanks so much for joining me today. Check out my website MitchReedMusicLessons.com; It’s got all kinds of cool information. If you’re into this kind of stuff, go check it out. Have a wonderful New Year’s and I’ll see you in January and I’ll definitely have some fresh new stuff coming out now that I have a little more time to do more videos. Take care, stay inspired, and keep on fiddling.
Here are two medleys and a shout-out to all my YouTube subscribers, Facebook followers, website Members, and students…Happy Holidays!