Ray Abshire is one of Cajun Music's purist accordionists and vocalists and a living link to it's very roots. A member of one of Louisiana's legendary musical families, Ray grew up surrounded by Cajun Music's pioneer artists. He has performed with most all of the old masters whose recordings now form the texts for students of today.
In 1975, while at the pinnacle of Cajun music as accordionist for the legendary "Balfa Brothers Band" and helping to open windows for Cajun Music in the nation's musical consciousness, Ray left the bandstand. Abshire's return to the stage has been hailed by both critics and fans alike. He is once again at the forefront and sharing his knowledge and skills with a new generation.
Recognized as a master musician, and one of the resurgence leaders of Cajun Music, Ray now enjoys conducting workshops, teaching at music camps and performing at major festivals both nationally and abroad.
Ray's music is unfiltered and has it's own wholesome electricity. He plays it the way it was handed down to him and understands the importance of preserving the authenticity of one of this nation's great "folk" musics. Each and every time you attend a Ray Abshire performance, you are guaranteed the "real deal"!
accordion, fiddle, accoustic guitar and accoustic bass
Don't Stop the Music (2005) , For Old Times Sake (2003) both have streaming and radio play.
Abshire is a master from the old school.
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"Abshire is a master from the old school, who with his young colleagues, delivers pure, joyful, ener..."Abshire is a master from the old school, who with his young colleagues, delivers pure, joyful, energetic fare that will put you in motion, invite studied listening, and bring you back to a time and place you have never been before."
Cajun music continues its roots resurgence
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"Ray Abshire, he's one of the reasons Cajun music continues its roots resurgence. Abshire is one of ..."Ray Abshire, he's one of the reasons Cajun music continues its roots resurgence. Abshire is one of the most awe inspiring accordionists you'll ever hear - the real deal in the old school tradition. He's loaded with technique, impeccable timing and an attacking drive that emanate the fullest sounds possible. The man known as Lafayette's best kept secret is no longer and to Cajun music zealots everywhere, that's headline news.
Abshire is an authentic accordionist .
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"Abshire is a authentic accordionist who has more than enough technical skills for several bands, wh..."Abshire is a authentic accordionist who has more than enough technical skills for several bands, while at the same time not being so schooled that his breathtaking playing is hidden by his technique. He attacks a song with the precise timing that might leave the listener gaping in wonder."
Honest and authentic Cajun music.
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"Honest and authentically Cajun music is what you hear on Ray's album. The spicy music has it's own ..."Honest and authentically Cajun music is what you hear on Ray's album. The spicy music has it's own colors and strength. Ray's authentic accordion style has never faded away"
Cajun music is great dance music.
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"Cajun music is great dance music and what we have here is about the best quality available. The sin..."Cajun music is great dance music and what we have here is about the best quality available. The singing is loud and plaintive, the fiddles and accordion are so tight as to be indistinguishable. Any way you slice it, this is a great CD."
Traditional Cajun music consisting of two-steps, waltzes and blues numbers with average set running 45minutes.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.
|Oct 7, 2008 Tuesday||8:00 PM||Katalin||Upsala, Not Applicable, SE|
|Oct 6, 2008 Monday||8:00 PM||Folk Music Association||Stockholm, Not Applicable, SE|
|Oct 3, 2008 Friday||8:00 PM||International Cajun Festival||Kogh, Not Applicable, DK|
|Oct 2, 2008 Thursday||8:00 PM||The Tudor Barn||London, ENGLAND, Not Applicable, GB|
|May 4, 2008 Sunday||TBA||Fest For All||Baton Rouge, LA, US|
|Jul 14, 2007 Saturday||2:30 PM||Chicago Folk & Roots Festival||Chicago, WI, US|
|Apr 28, 2007 Saturday||TBA||Jazz Fest||New Orleans, LA, US|
|Apr 22, 2007 Sunday||TBA||Lousiana Folk Roots Heritage Camp||Chicot State Park, LA, US|
|Apr 14, 2007 Saturday||TBA||Folklore Village||Dodgeville, WI, US|
|Jan 27, 2007 Saturday||6:00 PM||Liberty Theatre||Eunice, LA, US|
|Nov 5, 2006 Sunday||TBA||Louisianathon Festival||Seattle, WA, US|
|Oct 28, 2006 Saturday||12:00 PM||Mulates||Breaux Bridge, LA, US|
|Oct 14, 2006 Saturday||11:00 AM||Festivals Acadiens||Lafayette, LA, US|
|Oct 12, 2006 Thursday||8:00 PM||Blue Moon||Lafayette, LA, US|
|Oct 7, 2006 Saturday||12:00 PM||Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival||Pittsboro, LA, US|
|Sep 15, 2006 Friday||8:00 PM||CFMA||Baton Rouge, LA, US|
|Sep 2, 2006 Saturday||9:00 PM||Ashkenaz||Berkeley, CA, US|
|Sep 1, 2006 Friday||9:00 PM||International Music Hall||Felton, CA, US|
|Aug 31, 2006 Thursday||8:00 PM||The Martin||Winnemucca, NV, US|
|Aug 5, 2006 Saturday||8:00 PM||Earlville Opera House||Earlville, NY, US|
|May 6, 2006 Saturday||1:30 PM||Crawfish Festival||Breaux Bridge, LA, US|
|Apr 30, 2006 Sunday||3:15 PM||Festival International De Louisiane||Lafayette, LA, US|
|Feb 27, 2006 Monday||TBA||Mardi Gras Festival||Mamou, LA, US|
|Feb 11, 2006 Saturday||9:00 AM||Fred's||Mamou, LA, US|
|Jan 20, 2006 Friday||7:00 PM||Randol's||Lafayette, LA, US|
|Oct 7, 2005 Friday||TBA||International Cajun Festival||Kogh, Not Applicable, DK|
|Oct 6, 2005 Thursday||7:30 PM||Tudor Hall||Etham, Not Applicable, GB|
|Mar 24, 2005 Thursday||4:00 PM||Australian National Folk Festival||Canberra, ACT, AU|
|Nov 6, 2004 Saturday||TBA||Cajun Day||Wooster, OH, US|
|Sep 26, 2004 Sunday||5:00 PM||Tipitina's||New Orleans, LA, US|
|Jun 16, 2004 Wednesday||8:00 PM||Freight & Salvage||Berkeley, LA, US|
|May 2, 2004 Sunday||12:00 PM||Jazz Fest||New Orleans, LA, US|
|Mar 7, 2004 Sunday||7:30 PM||La Belle Epoque-Broadway||New York, NY, US|
|Mar 5, 2004 Friday||8:30 PM||Eagles Hall||Ossining, NY, US|