Beausoleil Celebrates Cajun Heritage at PSC

February 27th, 2001 by Adam

Betsy Cheney

(603) 535-2643

Combination of multiple styles creates spicy gumbo known as Cajun music

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — For a quarter of a century, Grammy award-winning BeauSoleil has traveled the globe, spreading the joyous sounds of their Cajun heritage with soulful French lyrics and music that sizzles. Along the way, the group has added touches of New Orleans jazz, Cuban and Hawaiian rhythms, blues and rock and roll to create the spicy gumbo known as Cajun music. BeauSoleil comes to Plymouth State College for a single performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the Silver Cultural Arts Center on Main Street.

A recognized authority in the field, bandleader Michael Doucet (founder, fiddler, songwriter and lead vocalist) has devoted his career to preserving the rich Cajun culture of Southern Louisiana. Doucet says, “In our career, BeauSoleil has always reflected the diversity of Cajun music, not just the two-steps, but ballads, blues, jazz, Tin Pan Alley — everything that made up our musical culture — from near-forgotten individual musical craftsmen to such influences as brass bands, jazz, Texas swing, country and swamp pop.”
To celebrate their 25th anniversary, the six members of BeauSoleil have created a special evening that includes their greatest hits, new songs and a stellar line up of guest musicians. Members of BeauSoleil in addition to Michael Doucet area David Doucet (vocals and guitars), Jimmy Breaux (accordions), Al Tharp (bass, banjo, fiddle, electric guitar) and Billy Ware (percussion). Joining the band for the tour are guest performers Sonny Landreth (singer,songwriter,guitarist), Darol Anger (mandolin), Cindy Cashdollar (dobro), and Carol Landry (saxophones).

Tickets for the performance are $22-19. Discounts are available for students and seniors. Call the PSC box office, (603) 535-ARTS or 1-800-779-3869 for tickets or information. If special accommodations are needed, please call in advance of the performance. Box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., (Thursday until 7 p.m.).