Two years ago the youth ensemble Feufollet astounded Cajun music
with their auspicious debut that was an incredibly focused body of
Refusing to rely on the often, played 'cute' card, this cadre of gifted
then an average age of 12, instead demonstrated how passionate they were
regarding their cultural art.
This time out,
producer Steve Riley wasn't about to let his young prodigies rest on
their laurels and instead challenged them with vocal harmonies and more
As a result, the young loins of Feufollet devoured everything Riley
threw at 'em to deliver one of the year's most exemplary recordings.
Fiddler Chris Segura is blossoming into a hallmark fiddler with his
tonality and lightening-quick bow strokes as heard on "Lake Arthur
Accordionist Chris Stafford exhibits a wide palette of styles, never
brush into the same colors twice. Oftentimes, he can be quite driving
2-Step de TÍte Dure") or gracefully sentimental as noted on Dewey
Additionally, the multi-instrumentalist Stafford does twin fiddles with
Segura for a mind-boggling rendition of "McGee's Medley" that
segues into a romping foray joined by all.
Perhaps one of the disc's most powerful moments comes from Stafford's
"Cauchemar de 1755" ("Nightmare of 1755"), a
haunting melody inspired by the Grande Derangement. Here, the inventive
Stafford plays lead, second and harmony fiddle, kicks a bass drum to
reenact gunfire while Riley assists on guitar, triangle and fiddle
After the song's closing moments, team Feufollet chants in French things
probably said then such as 'where's my family?' that overall, casts an
Yet, the pair of frontmen wouldn't sound as stellar without the
support of beat heater Michael Stafford (Chris' younger brother), the
bass playing of Matt Cormier and the guitar work of the group's heart
Brittany Polaski, who handles the most of the lead vocals, sings
with a pleasurable mature voice.
While the highlight moments are many, the creativity profoundly deep and
music's beauty often renders tears of joy, that may not be what's heard
More than likely, it'll be the progressive pop-flavored, rock-out of
Kristi Guillory's "Fier d'Ítre Cadien" and the dreamy, folksy
that's actually a first time recording of a Zachary Richard ballad.
Still, the adept
Feufollet bridges the gap from the trad to the rad, which couldn't be
illustrated than the French and English-sung renditions of Los Lobos' "Evangeline."
'She is the queen of make believe Evangeline,' Stafford sings on
lead vocals with Polaski's soulful harmonizing.
With Feufollet, nothing here is make-believe.