r.cajun and the zydeco brothers
"Widely regarded as the most authentic and exciting Cajun band in the country" - The Observer
"A Cajun equivalent to The Beatles at the Cavern" - The Daily Telegraph reporting on RCZB at the Swamp Club, Derby
Formed in 1981 by accordion player Chris Hall, R. Cajun were one of the first Cajun bands outside America and played a major role in creating interest in this infectious Louisiana dance music in Europe. From modest beginnings the band's prowess and following grew steadily. The addition of bass, drums and electrification transformed the original 5-piece acoustic line-up into a hard-hitting, highly authentic-sounding Cajun, zydeco and swamprock dancehall band - R. Cajun & The Zydeco Brothers.
Could it be a coincidence that after Clive joined in 1985 the British and European Cajun boom really started to take off? Probably (Clive grins) but take off it did. Audiences of 50 in folk clubs became 500 at the legendary Swamp Club in the band's hometown of Derby, and they started to pull large crowds at other venues and festivals across the UK and then Europe. They did TV and radio and made 7 well-received albums. They played at Sir Paul McCartney's Christmas party and at his daughter Mary's wedding. They supported Van Morrison, Debbie Harry, Canned Heat, Lonnie Donegan and Cajun legend D.L. Menard. The band's recording of traditional Cajun song "Jolie Blonde" was chosen by Sir Peregrine Worsthorne as one of his selections when he was the castaway on Radio 4's legendary Desert Island Discs in 1992. And their "Ossun Two Step" was used as the theme music for BBC2 TV's Cooking Oils series in 1994.
Clive provided guitar and some of the vocals. He also wrote several songs for the band, including "Jean Le Serpent" which became a firm favourite in the live set.
In 1997 Clive left the band when he relocated to Surrey, although he has made a couple of guest appearances since. Less active these days, the band still plays the occasional gig.