Bonsoir, Catin
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Blues a Catin- Bridgetown Records
Vive l'amour-Valcour Records

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“Catin” is Cajun French for “doll”. But the group Bonsoir, Catin is no plaything. This
powerhouse mainly all-girl band is comprised of beautiful, intelligent, classy,
independent women with grit and femininity who know how to stir it up and bring it
home. The group includes of Christine Balfa on guitar (of Balfa Toujours and formerly of
The Magnolia Sisters), Kristi Guillory on accordion (of Lafayette Rhythm Devils),
Yvette Landry on bass (of Lafayette Rhythm Devils), and Anya Schoenegge Burgess on
fiddle (of The Magnolia Sisters), offering a mix of traditional Cajun songs and their own
spirited tunes. Jude Veillon is, indeed, not a girl, but Bonsoir, Catin’s 6ft-2 rock-solid
drummer, and a past drumming contributor to The Mamou Prairie Band and Walter
Mouton.
Hailing from South Louisiana, Bonsoir, Catin mixes old-school Cajun from the 30s &
40s with post-WWII dancehall, landing in modern-day French-immersion Louisiana.
Their sound whispers in your ear, “Yes, you will dance tonight,” then swings you around,
kicks up some dust, and lands you in a smooth waltz, a high-powered two-step or a
swirlin’ jig.
Bonsoir, Catin has played at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Festivals
Acadiens and BlackPot Festival in Lafayette, The Lotus Fest in Bloomington, IN, and the
Festival of American Fiddle Tunes in Port Townsend, WA… just to name a few… and is
primed to play at a festival or gig near you.
Their latest CD, Blues à Catin, was released in 2006, with much success. A new CD
release is due to emerge fall 2008.
Bonsoir, Catin brings danceable, kick-ass real Cajun rhythms to the stage with a jeans ‘n
boots no-nonsense attitude.
A Bonsoir, Catin live show is not just a performance; it is an unforgettable experience.
“The ensemble's debut record, Blues A Catin, is hard living, hard drinking and hard luck
music at its hurting best.” – The Independent
“Bonsoir Catin, a high-spirited female Cajun group” – USA Today
“Guillory sings in a gusty, uninhibited voice while Balfa’s projecting, piercing vocals
have been missing from recordings for too long.” – Offbeat Magazine
“Bonsoir, Catin prove women in Cajun music don’t need a man’s watchful eye and there
is no limit to what they can be—strong, sassy, downright sinister or sweet with a fragile
heart… Shaking off any notion they are a novelty act, Bonsoir, Catin grabs hold of their
audience with powerful performances, sassy personality and tight musicianship.” –