The Balfa Brothers
Acadian All Star Special: The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J.D. Miller
Parlez-Nous a Boire
Dennis McGee

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Acadian music culture is descended from the French who settled Nova Scotia in the early 17th century, where they remained until they were removed by the British in 1755. The majority of the dispersed Acadians settled in either Quebec, New England, or Louisiana, where they gave rise to Cajun culture (and, by extension, zydeco). With many Acadian families living in relative isolation, they entertained themselves by playing music, typically on homemade fiddles; as many were illiterate, their folk songs preserved stories and legends for future generations.

Acadian Artists Highlights

The Balfa Brothers
The Balfa Brothers
Dennis McGee
Dennis McGee
Le Vent du Nord
Le Vent du Nord

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Acadian Album Highlights

Acadian All Star Special: The Pioneering Cajun Recordings of J.D. Miller
Various Artists
Acadian All Star Special: ...
Parlez-Nous a Boire
BeauSoleil / Michael Doucet
Parlez-Nous a Boire
The Balfa Brothers Play Traditional Cajun Music, Vols. 1-2
The Balfa Brothers
The Balfa Brothers Play ...
Louisiana Cajun French Music, Vol. 2: Southwest Prairies, 1964-1967
Various Artists
Louisiana Cajun French ...
Complete Early Recordings 1929-1930
Dennis McGee
Complete Early Recordings ...
Louisiana Cajun French Music, Vol. 1: Southwest Prairies, 1964-1967
Various Artists
Louisiana Cajun French ...

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Acadian Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Happy One-Step
Dennis McGee
Valse des Platains
Sidewalk Waltz
Johnnie Allan / Rufus & Tony Thibodeaux / Rufus Thibodeaux / Tony Thibodeaux
Cousinne Lilly
John Bertrand
Zydeco Boogaloo Buckwheat Zydeco
La Valse de Josephine Leo Soileau
Bayou Waltz

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