Cajun trio for hire.
Joli Blon, who take their name from a much loved Cajun waltz, play traditional dance music from Louisiana: a mix of accordion, fiddle and gutsy, driving guitar.
Joli Blon, who take their name from a much loved Cajun waltz, play traditional dance music from Louisiana: a mix of accordion, fiddle and gutsy, driving guitar. Stomping hypnotic two-steps, swampy mournful waltzes and a bit of blues – all sung in Cajun French and brought to you by a core trio of women.
The music is uplifting and infectiously danceable – bringing audiences of all ages up on their feet and onto the dance floor.
Lucy Vines – Cajun accordion
One of the very few women Cajun accordionists in the UK, Lucy cut her teeth in London-based barn dance band Horse’s Brawl before taking up the Cajun accordion and heading over to Louisiana to soak up the vibes and meet such luminaries as the late accordion legend Octa Clark. She’s a keen fan of a whole host of contemporary Cajun musicians, and is inspired by accordion legends Nathan Abshire and Aldus Roger to name just two! When she’s not playing Cajun music, Lucy plays Irish, English and bluegrass in the Vera Chuck & Dave trio.
Miriam Hogan – guitar
Miriam joined Joli Blon in 2014 and provides the rock solid rhythm guitar that gives Cajun music its drive. She also brings her authentic Cajun vocals to Joli Blon, drawing on trailblazing icons Cleoma Breaux Falcon and Ann Savoy. She supported grammy nominated Cajun fiddle player Dave Greely (Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys) on Cajun dances during his solo UK tour in 2014 and has spent time in Louisiana absorbing herself in the music and culture and learning more songs. Miriam is a regular on the south London music scene with Flaky Jake, in no strings attached and harmony duo Flogan.
Fliss Premru – fiddle
Fliss has been playing Cajun fiddle ever since she first heard it live – in London – joining jam sessions so she could play as well as dance to the swamp beats. She met Lucy at a session and they formed the first version of Joli Blon, touring the 90s Cajun and folk scene, festivals and parties from Sidmouth to the Spitting Image Studios. Fliss played with Will Sneyd and Paul Castle in the Rosinators. Known for their twin fiddling and tight vocal harmonies, their blend of bluegrass, Cajun and Americana saw them at Glastonbury festival and collaborating/supporting the Alabama 3.