Valse De Noel: An Acadian-Cajun Christmas Revels

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After their harsh deportment from the Canadian Maritimes in the 18th century, French-speaking Acadian people were scattered across the American continent. Many of them landed in the multicultural Louisiana, where Acadian music evolved into Cajun, while those who eventually returned to Canada rekindled their distinct style. Today the two genres are vastly different, yet their historical links remain. The fiddle is the driving force in both Acadian and Cajun dance music, and many of the traditional songs embody themes of deep longing. In spite of the challenges that both peoples have faced, they know how to make their own fun, and their music cant be taken too seriously. Both groups also love to dance. This collection includes both vocal and instrumental music from both of these culturally rich communities. This release reflects their shared commitment to laissez les bon temps rouler- let the good times roll!


Product Description:


  • Catalog Number: REVCD2016


  • UPC: 738871201621


  • Label: Revels Records


  • Composer: Albert Larreiu, Angele Arsenault, Anonymous, Benoit Benoit, Canadian Anonymous, Dewey Balfa, Edgar Duguay, Eraste Carriere, George Emlen, Jeanette Aguillard, Jean-Georges Nageli, Joseph Larade, Lisa Ornstein, Phillip Alleman, Traditional


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: Cambridge Symphonic Brass Ensemble


  • Performer: Alan Bradbury, George Emlen, Josee Vachon, Keith Murphy, Lisa Ornstein, Maggie Moniz, Megan Henderson, Michelle Kaminsky, Natalie Frank