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Southwest Louisiana’s traditional Cajun music is used exuberance and dance-inspiring energy by Filé. While accordion participant/percussionist/business lead vocalist Ward Lormand and bassist/acoustic guitarist/vocalist Kevin Shearin will be the just original associates, the group proceeds to keep the high energy of its first shows. Lormand and Shearin initial played together within the Cajun music group Cush-Cush in 1980. Elevated in his father’s club within the French-speaking Louisiana city of Ossun, over the prairie northwest of Lafayette, Lormand continues to be performing and playing drums since youth. A native from the Catskill Mountains area of NY, Shearin performed bass for many bands before shifting to Louisiana. A experienced of bluegrass and country-rock rings within the Appalachian area within the ’70s, Peter Stevens (drums, washboard, spoons, and bone fragments), used Lormand and Shearin on Filé’s initial record, Live at Mulate’s in 1985. The newest enhancements to the group, D’Jamla Garnier and David Egan, became a member of Filé in the first ’90s. St. Paul, MN-born Garnier inherited his like of Cajun music from his Creole dad. After studying structure, organizing, and orchestration with Lyle “Spud” Murphy, Garnier (fiddle, acoustic guitar, tenor banjo, vocals) researched Creole fiddling under a Tx Folk Life Assets grant with important Creole fiddler Canray Fontenot. Egan, a indigenous of Shreveport, LA, majored in music at North Tx State College. Furthermore to playing keyboards for the swamp R&B music group, A-Train; he spent 3 years in Jo-El Sonnier’s music group prior to becoming a member of Filé in 1991. Although they primarily sought to capture the traditional noises of Cajun music, Filé offers increasingly incorporated components of R&B, Dixieland jazz, rock and roll, zydeco, and Creole lala. Their 1996 recording, La Vie Marron, reached quantity 18 for the Gavin Americana graph.

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