LES CHATS CADIENS
Les Chats Cadiens is a surprise in the blues, blending the exciting sound of Zydeco (accordionblues from Louisiana) with the prominent guitar and howling mouthharp of the Deltablues.
The group is founded by Dutch musicians who played on stages like North Sea Jazz and the Montreux Jazz Festival. It's a four man's band, but these guys sound like five. That's because bandleader Henk de Kat not only plays the pianoside of his accordion: with his left hand he also does all the basspatterns. Amplified, this deep sound is unique in the blues. It's like an invisible acoustic bass player is on stage. Also renewing is the repertoir, bringing a lot of original songs based on the atmosphere of the legendary R&B accordionplayer Clifton Chenier.
With it's distinct crossover style, called 'Cajunblues', the band recently won two international prices. The first album of Les Chats Cadiens was elected 'Best European Zydeco-CD' and the group twice got the title 'Best Zydecoplayer of Europe'.
The distinguished album, titled 'French Accordion Blue', attained reviews as: 'A fantastic masterpiece by an exciting zydeco quartet' (Fret); 'Wonderful band and Dutch cajun Blues at world-level' (Roots Time from Belgium); 'One of the best zydeco groups' (Bobtje Blues). 'The musique of Les Chats Cadiens really is extraordinary good' (Altcountry). 'A little jewel. A completely authentic way of zydeco' (Holly Moors). 'This is the partymusic for a rainy summer' (Country Gazette).
Les Chats Cadiens is a cooperation of Henk de Kat (accordion, accordionbass), Hans de Vries (bluesharp, rubboard, triangle, voodoo stick), Willem van Dullemen (guitar, slide, dobro) and Jeroen Elfferich (drums). Each of them was the leader of his own band, playing Deltablues, jazz and zydeco. They performed at famous venues like the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and Germany's biggest jazzfestival in Gronau. In 2006 these four musicians decided to join forces.