Wednesday, June 14, 2006

The future of Cajun and Appalachian is in good hands

The other day I posted some great music by four teachers who are helping to pass along the sound of Old Time music. The members of the Rockinghams have one other thing in common. They all have played with Dirk Powell.

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.

Dirk Powell - Moonshiner.mp3

Dirk Powell Band with the Foghorn Stringband - Lonesome Road Blues.mp3
Recorded live at Clemson, South Carolina, in July, 2004

For CDs and tour info visit


Anonymous G-Dub said...

Wonderful post. The part in Moonshiner about the "dark holler" reminded me of when my parents took me for a drive in the country when I was younger. We drove around in the country while they explained the local lore and colorful history of our surroundings. Whiskey Hollow was north of Grandview by a lonesome railroad track.

June 15, 2006 9:20 AM  
Blogger Ed said...

Funny how a song can bring back a specific memory. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

June 15, 2006 12:38 PM  

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