Ham Jam House -Concert
Ganey Arsement will play a fine acoustic concert on Friday, June 24th, 2016, at 7:00 PM.
Ganey Arsement, AmeriCajun Artist.
Don’t let the presence of a few French lyrics fool you. The Cajun music tradition that Ganey is rooted in is a true art form of American Roots, or Americana music. It was born as a result of a culture that was forced to assimilate into American culture.
A twenty year veteran in the Cajun music industry, Ganey has shared the stage with some of the most revered names in the genre. A former member of the bands Balfa Toujours and the Basin Brothers, Ganey has performed with Jo-EL Sonnier, Doug Kershaw, Wayne Toups, Steve Riley and Dirk Powell.
Ganey’s latest album, Le Forgeron, is an intentional giant step into Americana. Influenced by the music of Sonnier and Kershaw in the eighties and nineties, as well as the music of Jimmy C. Newman, the CD covers a broad spectrum of genres ranging from Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Country and Texas Swing.
There are nine original tunes on Le Forgeron. The album is roughly 50/50 French and English, but most will tell you, you don’t have to understand the lyrics to understand the emotion. This has been evidenced by the album reaching as high as #22 on the Roots 66 Alternative Radio chart.
The production of Le Forgeron was funded in part by the Louisiana Division of the Arts which recognized Ganey as a valuable asset to the musical community of Louisiana and awarded him with the “Artist Career Advancement” grant.
If you like the pulse of the accordion and the moaning of the fiddle in Cajun music, the gut-wrenching emotion derived from a screaming electric guitar, the foot-stomping motivation of a rocking rhythm section, or the twang of a tearful Country song, get ready to experience what we like to refer to as AmeriCajun!
“Ganey plays American roots music, with the added advantage of having grown up with a Cajun accordion in his hands. He rocks and swings, has the blues and shakes them off with a two-step, in a carousel ride spinning through all kinds of Americana.”- Mary Armstrong, Philadelphia City Paper: Top Ten Roots Albums of 2013.
“Whether he’s squeezing out a traditional Cajun tune or thrashing through some East Texas blues, Ganey never forgets to entertain on his new album, Le Forgeron. Even though he’s true to the Cajun tradition, (he’s one of the few Cajun singers that both writes and sings in French), his music is not some stuck-in-the-museum artifact, it’s meant to be played here and now in the roadhouses of Louisiana.” - Calvin Powers, The Americana Music Show
“I've been a fan of Ganey Arsement for a while now, not just because of his powerful accordion playing or excellent Cajun singing, but really because he's a great French language songwriter. There aren't a ton of Cajun's actively writing songs in French these days, so it's meaningful to have a good writer bringing out new songs. Arsement is a good English writer, as well. He writes what he knows.” - Devon Leger, Hearth Music
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Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$20 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!
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