Thursday, 19 September 2013

John Delafose & The Eunice Playboys - Kershaw Session 24/9/1992

Hi-energy Zydeco from deep within the heart of the crawfish ponds of Louisiana.

Born in 1939, Delafose took an interest in music at an early age. As a child he would make his own instruments out of any material available to hand. Later he would gravitate towards more conventional instruments, mastering the harmonica and button accordion.

A farmer by day, it wasn't until the early 1970s that Delofose actively began to pursue music, initially playing in a couple of local Cajun groups, before establishing the Eunice Playboys midway through the decade.

The group released several albums before somehow coming to the attention of Andy Kershaw. This their only session for the beeb was first aired on 28 November 1992. Sadly, less than two years on, Delafose passed away after a brief illness aged just 55. His son, Geno, continues to lead the band to this day.

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