Artist / Program Description
Swallow recording artist Dennis Stroughmatt, a nationally touring Cajun/Zydeco and Creole fiddler and accordionist, brings the best in "upper" and "lower" Louisiana French music to listeners and dancers across the country. Fluent in Illinois-Missouri Creole French, Dennis strives not only to entertain, but also to educate audiences about French American culture and music. Having lived among French speaking communities in Missouri, Louisiana, and Quebec, Dennis uses the skills he has learned to carry the music, culture, and language of the American French to thousands every year on stages across the United States, Canada, and Europe.
In this group the music is played "downhome" and always has a sound that is fresh and “straight from the bayous and prairies” of southwest Louisiana. With a sound that has many influences, from Cajun to Zydeco, it is noted for its exciting two-steps, waltzes, and foot-pounding zydecos.
Traditional to its core, this acoustic group re-introduces audiences to the driving French Creole fiddle and beautiful ballad of old upper Lousiana, aka Illinois and Missouri. A rousing performance of pulsating reels, jigs, and local folklore always leaves excited audiences wanting to know more about Creole music "from the heartland."