The Revelers bring Cajun spice to Hawick

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A BAND playing classic Cajun music straight from the swamps of Louisiana will bring its pulsating rhythms to the Heart of Hawick on March 14 at 7.30pm.

The Revelers, who have won fans around the world after touring extensively from their base in Lafayette, were formed when founding members of two mighty forces in American roots music – The Red Stick Ramblers and The Pine Leaf Boys – came together.

“The Cajun kings are now firmly established as true ambassadors for their music,” writes their Scottish agent, Borderer Loudon Temple.

“Described by renowned BBC World Music radio presenter Lopa Kothari as ‘a Louisiana supergroup’, they happily look back to better times, recapturing some of the feel-good essence of the past, playing nostalgic, gutsy and infectious material that’s recognised as the party music of the region.

“This fabulous six-piece band recall an era when music was played for no other reason than that it was coursing through their veins and had to come out.

“They are on tour all over the UK and Ireland, promoting their latest album – a release that has won them loads of radio exposure on this side of the Atlantic.

“The Revelers play predominantly for dances back on their home turf,” he said, “and to be honest, it’s just about impossible to sit still when they begin.

“Last time we had a danceband from New Orleans playing at Heart of Hawick it was Meschiya Lake and The Little Big Horns, and there was definitely lots of dancing out front that night.”

Tickets cost £12/£10, from the Heart of Hawick box office on 01450 360688.