High resolution photos of Bonsoir, Catin posted on Flickr.
Click here for a
review of Bonsoir, Catin's 2006 CD, available through their
Click here to go to the Official Site of Bonsoir, Catin.
Click on thumbnails below for larger photos from the Liberty
Theater, Feb. 18, 2006.
Click here for photos taken at Festivals Acadiens 2006, the Blackpot Festival Nov. 11, 2006,
and Downtown Alive! in Lafayette Nov. 17, 2006.
Pictured at the Blue Moon Saloon in downtown
Lafayette are members of Bonsoir, Catin: Anya Schoenegge Burgess, Kristi
Guillory, Yvette Landry, Christine
For booking information,
schedules, and much more, go to the band's official site.
When a new group arrived on the
scene called Bonsoir, Catin, the name itself attracted
attention. When the members turned out to be top female Cajun
musicians, the response was excitement and anticipation of their
first performance late last summer. A headache and a serious
error in judgment are to blame for missing that début, but
fortunately the group returned to the Blue Moon Nov. 5, 2005.
Among those on the dance floor: Ian Oliver, former information
technology instructional coordinator at LSUE, then employed in Baton
Rouge and, when this page was updated in December 2008, a second-year
student in LSUE's nursing program.
Bonsoir, Catin features two top Cajun vocalists. Both
Christine Balfa Powell on guitar and Kristi Guillory on accordion won
the Cajun French Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year Le Cajun
Award (Christine twice). Christine, the daughter of the late Dewey
Balfa, is also the leader of Balfa Toujours. Krisiti, who learned Cajun
music from legendary musicians like Octa Clark, Leroy Broussard and
Aldus Roger, was a member of the band Reveille in the mid-nineties, then
finished a graduate degree in folklore, sang with the a cappella group
Veillée, and in 2005 returned to Cajun music full blast with the
Lafayette Rhythm Devils. Yvette Landry on bass is another Rhythm Devil.
Originally from Boston, Anya Schoenegge Burgess also plays fiddle with
Louisiana's other female Cajun band, The Magnolia Sisters.
Nothing can beat the combination of musical talent
and deep-rooted Cajun emotion that fills the dance hall when Bonsoir,
Catin is on stage. The band is obviously having a great time playing,
and the crowd at the Blue Moon late on a Louisiana Saturday night
obviously felt the same way.
The area in front of the stage was filled with dancers.
there was barely standing room only, but no one was complaining. The top
photo in this section exhibits the limitations of low light photography with
Members of Bonsoir, Catin were joined by Mary Jane
Broussard, far left, for a workshop on women in Cajun
and Creole music sponsored by Louisiana Folk Roots
at Festivals Acadiens Sept. 17, 2005, in Lafayette.
at the Liberty Theater November 19, 2005
Bonsoir, Catin is shown during their first
performance at the Liberty Theater in Eunice November 19, 2005.
In addition to the members pictured elsewhere on this page, Jude
Veillon is shown on drums.