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Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival 2012

PUBLISHED: 19:11 16 January 2012 | UPDATED: 20:54 20 February 2013

Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival 2012

Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival 2012

The biggest festival of its kind in the UK, the Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival brings the best bands and musicians from around the world to the city for a weekend of non-stop partying

Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival 2012

The biggest festival of its kind in the UK, the Gloucester Cajun & Zydeco Festival brings the best bands and musicians from around the world to the city for a weekend of non-stop partying, music, dancing, workshops, authentic Cajun cuisine and an atmosphere thats become legendary on the international Cajun & Zydeco scene.

Now in its 19th year, the festival was founded by Pat Roberts and Louis Hawkins back in 1993, inspired by a love of Cajun music and a fascination surrounding Cajun dance. From its humble beginnings as a one-day event, it is now regarded as one of the best around, with enthusiasts flocking to Gloucester from all over the world, and this years line-up is pretty special.

Friday night headliners are Joe Le Taxi, making their first appearance at the festival since 2009, but are firm favourites of the crowd. They will be joined by Chanky Chank, led by ex-ZFunk accordian player Gavin Lewery, who is widely considered to be the best Cajun/Zydeco accordian player in the UK.
Saturday sees another band returning to the festival, in the form of Stoke swamp-rockers Elvis Fontenot and the Sugarbees. Having played all over the world refining their sound, they were crowned European Zydeco band of the Year and frontman Nick Barber won European Rub-board Player of the Year in 2009. Headliners Cajun Roosters have members from the UK and Germany, including ex-Gloucester Cajun Festival booker Chris Hall. The band was championed on BBC Radio 2 by Mark Lamarr, and will really bring the spirit of Louisiana to the Guildhall and get the Saturday night crowd dancing!
On Sunday, we welcome another staple from the British Cajun music scene The Hackney Ramblers. Originally forming as the Crayfish Five on the London pub circuit in the 80s, they went on to play some of the major UK venues and festivals, before splitting during the mid 90s. After a short break, they emerged under a new name, a nod to pioneer Cajun band "The Hackberry Ramblers" from Hackberry Louisiana. Rounding off the festival in style we have River Zydeco, all the way from the Netherlands. Forming in 1990, the band are more than familiar with whats involved with putting on a good festival show, as they run a Cajun and Zydeco festival themselves in Holland ZydecoZity, with the band playing every year!
Delivering an unrivalled mix of music and dance rooted in the traditions of Americas Deep South, Gloucesters Cajun & Zydeco Festival is hot and steamy entertainment for a miserable January.

More information about the festival can be found at the festival web site:

Friday, January 28-Sunday, 30, 2012. Weekend tickets 60, Friday tickets 25, Saturday tickets 30, Sunday tickets 30.

For tickets visit Gloucester Guildhalls Box Office, call 01452 503050 or book online at Tickets are also available from the Tourist Information Centre on Southgate Street.


Gloucester Cajun and Zydeco Festival 2012 Line-up


6-7pm Swamp Rock DJs and introductions
7-8pm approx Chanky Chank
8-9pm Swamp Rock DJs
9-11pm approx Joe Le Taxi
11pm onwards Swamp Rock DJs


11am-12.30pm Zydeco dance workshop with Phil Underwood
1-3pm Elvis Fontnot and the Sugar Bees
3.30-5pm Cajun dance workshop with Satu and Kay
7-9pm Swamp Rock DJs
9-11pm approx Cajun Roosters
11pm onwards Swamp Rock DJs


11am-12.30pm Cajun dance workshop with Satu and Kay
1-3pm Hackney Ramblers
3.30-5pm Zydeco dance workshop with Phil Underwood
6-8pm approx River Zydeco
8pm onwards Swamp Rock DJs


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