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Joe Falcon: 'Acadian One-Step'

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Published on May 10, 2013

The 'Acadian One-Step' is a recording by Joseph Falcon also known as 'Joe' Falcon (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Falcon), a great accordion players and a pioneer of cajun records. The first recording of authentic cajun music was made in 1928 by Falcon and his future wife Cleoma Breaux who played rhythm guitar. One of the songs recorded that day  was "Allons à Lafayette", which became a cajun classic. It sold well and soon the big recording companies were on the hunt for other cajun artists. Falcon made many recordings between 1928 and 1937 but the early death of his wife in 1941 and the popularity of other musical genres like western swing caused him to stop his recording career.

Early cajun music was played with fiddles but soon the accordion, brought from Europe to Louisiana by German settlers in the mid-19th century, became the instrument of choice. The fiddle was re-introduced during the Western Swing craze and soon Joe's music became out-of fashion. The cajun revival that started in the mid-1960′s introduced Falcon and his accordion style to a new and enthusiastic audience.

On this recording Joseph Falcon sings an old song in the French of Louisiana and as a listener I understand almost nothing - all attempts to find the text online have been in vain up to now. I would be very grateful indeed if anyone could provide those missing song lines...

I was first introduced to this great American music genre in 1950s Dublin by the then Radio Éireann (http://thegpo.net/odonnellabu.shtml) which regularly played cajun recordings. As I had already grown to like the accordion as an instrument used by players of Irish traditional music, also frequently aired by that marvellous national broadcaster, the wonderfully energetic urgency of cajun music really appealed to me and since those distant days I have never let it go very far from my musical life.

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