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The Lost Style Makes A Comeback

Everyone, I would like to introduce you to Plaquemine Brulee (The Burnt Persimmons). An obscure Cajun group that makes their home base out of Church Point, Louisiana. These guys are definitely not one dimensional. In fact, there are so many levels to their genius that it scares me back to hope! I highly recommend that you set a spell and view this recording in it's entirety. Not just once. Make yourself stay the distance. Choose to pay attention! Listen to the story and the music and try to catch the details of each personality in the band. See the deliberate choice of dress styles. 1972 polyester pants, side parted slick hair, western belts and buckles, striped western shirts, a Bohemian accordion player, a drummer that wears a "broke beak" A-frame coonass cap. These guys deliberately chose to have a non-sensational presence which for some weird reason, demands attention. As I said, so many levels of genius! If you want to see the video and have full control of it, click on the website link down at the very bottom of the post. The embedded link right below may not function. Pay attention to when they perform "T'en a eu T'en auras plus". The Frenchman nails it! Watch his last round of vocals, then the accordion base injection, then the epic lead in on the drums. LOL Excellent.

These guys have a plan. They do not go forward in ignorance. They're making a big statement to the existing circles of Cajun musicians. The Church Point Faction is making a stand!

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Thanks so much for this post Greezy Blue Max
I listen and look to the video and it's awesome.
I love it when young people are picking up old music and keeping the tradition alive
I'm not sure but the drummer looks a lot like Samuel Giarusso(good accordionplayer too)
I didn't look that much at the dresses they wear because that's not really my cup of tea
But the music rules and don't worry, I'm ging to look at it many times

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That is some good old style stuff. They definitely had me on Les Flammes, as most play it Steve Riley style today to the point I don't like hearing it. Not a dig at Steve's style, just the fact that everyone copies it. The accordion player worried me at first when wasn't playing bass, but his left fingers started moving. Thankfully NO STEEL.

Ron, that is Samuel on drums, a good everything player. He's even made some accordions with Eric Martin. Neat guy and incredible musician.

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The Church Pointers are really good. Samuel picked up the fiddle about four years ago and now is a master fiddler. Those people are annoying!
I love Justin's singing on Flamme D'enfer too.

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I'm glad you guys liked the video and the band. That Samuel Giarusso is the first non Cajun Frenchman that pretty much pulls off being a Cajun better some actual Cajun musicians. I wonder if he came from the outskirts of France in some small country town? With performance and singing like that, I don't think the Cajuns will have a problem with adopting him as a permanent Cajun. I also believe he would be a "hoot" to hang around. The "token" Frenchman in a circle of friends. LOL

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"I wonder if he came from the outskirts of France "

such as Belgium or Andorra or Lichtenstein or Catalonia or Switzerland ?

Guitar player sang well, accordeon was good.

There are quite a few "CAJUN" bands and festivals in France and other Euro countries as well as Britain.

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Curious about the "Bohemian" accordion player.. What was the source of that ?

For reference a brief description of Bohemia:


My Great Grand Father emigrated from Salnau, Bohemia, Austria (the northwestern part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.. and later a part of the Czech Republic) to America in 1883. He was a Bohemian as was his wife who also emigrated to the US and lived 18 miles from my GGF in Bohemia but they met and married in the US. Many Bohemians were German speaking, as were my GGF and GGM.

If you are referring to a "lifestyle" as exhibited in the late 19th Century and the early 20th Century, especially in Paris... this is "bohemian" with a lower case "b".


I have my GGFs 2 1/2 row 6 bass D/G accordeon..He played for parties, dances, and social clubs and family affairs according to my mother. He did not wear a backward ball cap when he played. He wore a formal black suit and a large black brimmed hat, except inside a building where he removed it in respect for others as was custom and convention.

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"He did not wear a backward ball cap when he played. He wore a formal black suit and a large black brimmed hat, except inside a building where he removed it in respect for others as was custom and convention."

That is a lost style I wish would make a comeback.

There is style and then there is class, dignity and respect.

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Hiya Jeff. Didn't mean to drag your heritage or customs through the barrel of monkeys. The bohemian reference is something the Americanz like to refer to as someone described in the following wiki definition. We got it from the band, Queen's "Bohemian Rapsody" and then it was even farther driven into our psychos in a movie called "Wayne's World". tehehe

a person who has informal and unconventional social habits, especially an artist or writer.

synonyms: nonconformist, free spirit, dropout; hippie, beatnik; informal.
"he is an artist and a Bohemian"

The way that Colby Lege looked was not your normal looking Cajun accordion player. Some would even scoff at his choice of long hair and tattoos and dismiss him as some chump. But his playing ability, style, choice of music and overall good demeanor just about shuts that kind of prejudice down in my opinion.

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No offense taken..
"bohemian" is one thing

Being Bohemian is another.

It is not widely known the Germans invaded and wiped out quite a few taking over the Sudaten lands..which is west Czech Republic now. The bad guys took our family mill.

Bohemians do not generally act as bohemians any more than any other ethnic group.

I am in fact "....an artist and a Bohemian"


My GGF was an artist/craftsman and a Bohemian.. given he was born in Bohemia in 1851. He was in Franz Joseph's personal body guard as a member of the Austro-Hungarian Army. And ,of course, he was a button accordion player.

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When I talked with Samuel, he said his dad came to La a long time ago and went back to their little area of France and started a cajun music community, one that Samuel grew up in. So he came here pre trained. Very nice and respectful man and very interesting to talk to.

Maybe Marc Chauveau knows more of the French connection?

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Samuel's dad(Vincent) plays fiddle in the French band Pain de Mais.
He also played in Vermenton Plage a band from years ago.
Also played in the Liberty theatre at Eunice (see link#2)
I saw Pain de Mais last March on a festival in England.
Lovely band.

Formed in France in the 80s to play Cajun music, this group took its name from its home base, a village in L’Yonne, north of Bourgogne. The members of the band were Eric Martin (accordion, melodeon, violin), Charly Caugant (violin), Vincent Giarrusso (violin/bass), and Alain Serres (guitar), with all four doubling on vocals.

Also the children of Eric Martin(accordionbuilder too)play cajunmusic and they formed a band with Samuel named 4Jeun.
They play this year at the Saulieu Cajun & Zydeco festival if I'm well informed.

All of them are very nice people and allways ready to jam everywhere.
But maybe Marc knoes more.

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Thank you for posting this Youtube video of the band. They are very good! Seeing Colby Leger playing accordion reminded me that Bee Cormier released a CD on his Bee label in 2004 featuring Colby Leger when he was fifteen years old. Assuming that this band is still together, someons should help them get more exposure. Thanks again.

Jack Bond

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Jack Bond
Assuming that this band is still together, someons should help them get more exposure.

I think they played the Festival International a couple weeks ago. And I doubt they have any desire to be exposed mon ami, they all have day jobs!

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"They all have day jobs". Ha, now that is one loaded statement. I know exactly what you meant Boudreaux. I personally cannot imagine making a living at performing Cajun music. There's just some days I don't want to play an accordion for any amount of money. And it is good to be this way. You cannot become a slave to your talent and dance like a chicken on a hot plate every time the public wants to party.

Did anyone happen to notice the quietest band member of "The Burnt Persimmons"? The guitar man. I don't know if anyone noticed the amount of positive contribution this musician is giving to the overall sound. He's lifting and enhancing the other musicians without being obvious about it. He only has to strum the chords and play his part, but he goes the extra mile to play base(with his left hand fingers), chords, tabs, blends and slides, lead ins, etc. He's even turning toward the other musicians when they're doing their solos and working with them individually to push them into the "zone". Now that, in my book, is something special. The guitar/base player and drummer can act as an anchor and drag the band down if not careful. This guitar player for the Persimmons is no anchor! He is the "Heart". And the "Heart" beat is strong!

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Watched the show several times!

(I also wanted to know a little more about the name of this place, Plaquemine brûlé: http://aheguide.com/AboutArea.aspx?Page=church-point.htm)

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