Archive Files of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco Musicians
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Morris Ardoin
with Dennis Stroughmatt           

Le Tracas de Morris


Morris Ardoin and Dennis Stroughmatt are shown
performing at the Liberty Theater in Eunice,
November 27, 2004. In the photos below, Blake
Castille is at far left and Dexter Ardoin, Morris
Ardoin's son, is at far right.

Click here to go to LSUE's page on Morris
and Dexter Ardoin.

Click here for information on ordering this CD and for booking information on the Morris Ardoin Trio.

Dennis Stroughmatt has produced a wonderful CD containing gems of Creole music played by a member of the truly legendary Creole family headed by Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin.  Stroughmatt is from Illinois, but he has been immersed in  Louisiana French culture for many years (and, before that, in the Creole French culture of Old Mines, Missouri). Go to his Creole Stomp web site to check out his biography that describes a remarkable odyssey

In recent years, Morris Ardoin, Bois Sec Ardoin's oldest son, has usually played the fiddle with his son Dexter on accordion. Occasionally, he would sit in on accordion for his father if Bois Sec got tired, and another LSUE page shows him on accordion at a jam session held at the 190 Muffler Shop in Basile (with Dennis Stroughmatt also taking part). The CD Le Tracas de Morris,  released in November 2004, now gives everyone a chance to hear his mastery of the Creole accordion and also listen to him sing some great old songs that have been part of Creole culture for many decades.

The CD includes "Eunice Two-Step," "Highpoint Two-Step," "Jolie Bassette," "Kaplan Waltz," "Jongle Moi," "Jolie Catin," "Lake Charles Two-Step," "Midland Two-Step," "Quoi Faire," and "Bars of the Prison," plus an opening blues and the title cut, "Le Tracas de Morris," in which Mr. Morris bemoans mistreatment by a woman who has left him and protests that what has happened is not his fault.

Stroughmatt, who counts Canray Fontenot as among the master fiddlers he knew while interning at Vermilionville in Lafayette, is completely at home in the way he makes his instrument pour out a joyful blues and in the Creole vocals that he performs on about half the cuts.

We are fortunate that, after having been on tours across American and in Europe for several years, Stroughmatt and Mr. Morris finally decided to record their music. The result confirms Stroughmatt's description of Morris Ardoin as "a national treasure."

The CD may be ordered from Dennis Stroughmatt's Creole Stomp web site. It will also be available in 2005 on Flat Town Music's Maison de Soul label.

 

 

 

The above photo required considerable manipulation in Photoshop to lighten the foreground and bring out 89-year-old Alphonse "Bois Sec" Ardoin, dancing past the stage while his oldest son, Morris Ardoin, plays.

 


 

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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