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Les Miseres International

Les Miseres now operates as an international collective involving around a dozen musicians. As well as playing as a small acoustic unit, the band performs as a seven-piece amplified group with two fiddles, accordion, bass, drums, rubboard, and electric guitar. Our mission is to marry the hip-shaking groove of Zydeco music to haunting traditional Cajun melodies. Audiences have been packing dance floors and swinging out to waltzes, two-steps and Creole blues.

During the last two years, Les Miseres have appeared at festivals throughout Scotland and have toured in France – even playing at a maximum-security prison in the Alps. Back here, you’ll find the band entertaining festival audiences in Mardi Gras style and appearing at community street processions, village dances and night clubs.

Live performances are often spiced with traditional Turkish Zurna-oboe trance numbers, some Klezmer music, or a mega-danceable Ska version of a Hank Williams song.

For Les Miseres, Cajun and Zydeco music is the legacy of African-American accordionist Amédée Ardoin and the Cajun violinist Dennis McGee. Ardoin and McGee were recording pioneers of 1920’s French Louisiana, who melded Acadian songs with the music of the descendants of African slaves. For more about this read our influences page.

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