The future of Cajun and Appalachian is in good hands
Dirk Powell has been one of the most ardent supporters of Old Time Appalachian music, but he has also been at the forefront of the Cajun music scene. His wife, Christine Balfa, is the youngest duaghter of the man that is credited with bringing Cajun music out of the bayous to an amazed new worldwide audience. Dewey Balfa along with his brothers Will and Rodney were founding members of the Festivals Acadiens in Lafayette, Louisiana and the Balfa Brothers were instumental in renewing interest in Cajun music. Dirk Powell and his wife Christine formed the Balfa Toujours after Dewey's death in 1992. Many riders on the Bus are familliar with the Balfa Toujours, as I have posted some of their tunes in the past.
Dirk Powell has long been a leading force in the revival of Old Time music. He gained his love of traditional music from his grandfather in Sandy Hook, Kentucky. Mostly known for his fiddle, he also plays guitar and banjo, and has written the scores of several documentaries.
Recorded live at Clemson, South Carolina, in July, 2004
For CDs and tour info visit DirkPowell.com