From Baton Rouge, the Red Stick Ramblers, Ndidi Onukwulu with back up trio including Cousin Harley’s Paul Pigat plus powerpop of Victoria’s Maurice will be playing Friday, January 29 at the Ramada Hotel.
The Red Stick Ramblers hail from Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in the heart of Cajun country, so it is no surprise that their music is steeped in Cajun tradition.
The Cajuns or Acadians are descendants of the French settlers who were evicted from Canada’s maritime provinces in the late 1750s and who have maintained their language and culture to this day. While some of the Ramblers’ songs are unabashedly traditional and sung in Cajun French, the rest of their music is influenced by western swing, jazz and country with the fiddle taking on a prominent role.
Most of the music is tailor-made for dancing and all of it is thoroughly accessible. The music is delivered with an infectious energy that will have everybody moving from start to finish.
As proof of Canada’s amazing ability to accept and absorb cultural and ethnic diversity and to offer the freedom to grow and express musical gifts, you needn’t look any further than Ndidi Onukwulu.
Born and raised in B.C. of Nigerian and German parents, Ndidi grew up listening to all kinds of music but has gravitated towards blues and roots music with sometimes gospel tinge. Constantly moving to the music, Ndidi can break hearts with soulful, smoky torch songs or have the audience tapping their feet and clapping their hands along with her. With crystal-clear vocals and warm, engaging personality, Ndidi engages her listeners with songs both poignant and whimsical, connecting with all who come and listen. She’s just returned from touring in France, Spain, Germany and Switzerland and now wants to bring her polished, original music to Prince George audiences.
Sharing the bill with the Red Stick Ramblers is Victoria-based rock band Maurice, another band well known to Coldsnap and Folkfest audiences. Mega producer and talent scout David Foster signed them to a division of Warner Brothers Records in 2007 and the result is Maurice’s studio-produced album Young People with Faces released in October 2009.
Tickets to the Red Stick Ramblers and Maurice show Jan. 29 at the Ramada Hotel are available at Books and Company, phone 250-563-6637 or at Studio 2880, phone 250-563-2880.