Archive: 1999-2004 Photos of Feufollet and La Bande Feufollet
Feufollet is celebrating the group’s 20th anniversary with the release of a limited edition compilation album titled “Prends Courage” and with a special “Feufollet Through the Years” performance at Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. The album, which includes two new tracks and a previously unreleased composition by Anna Laura Edmistion, will be available at the festival Oct. 11. Feufollet will perform at Scène Ma Louisiane 4:45-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13.

I retrieved some archived photos going back to 1999, the group’s first year when they performed as La Bande Feufollet. “La bande” refers to a group or gang similar to the usage in the English phrase “band of brothers.” (“Le band” is a musical group.) I believe Feufollet dropped “La Bande” from their name in 2002.
In liner notes to their first CD, released in 1999, Barry Ancelet, after recounting the band members’ involvement in French immersion programs to learn the language of their ancestors, wrote, “And these kids can play! They have carefully considered their history as well as their own times. They have learned from the old masters as well as the young innovators. Their own mastery of the tools of Cajun music is breathtaking. They have been touring and performing already for some years now and some people who initially may have had the notion they’ve been invited because they’re cute kids have found out quickly that they are excellent, exciting musicians who just happen to be younger than most.” The CD features two original songs by Chris Stafford, including “Le Two Step de ’99,” an invitation to take part in Congrès Mondial Acadien held in Louisiana that year. Steve Riley was the CD’s producer and played triangle on all tracks, as well as spoons, fiddle and guitar on a couple of tracks. In the 1999, the band members were between 9 and 14 years old.

The photos in this set were taken between 1999 and 2004. (Photos from 2005 and later have previously been uploaded to Flickr.) Earlier photos are at low resolutions, taken with Nikon Coolpix cameras for use as small size images on the web.

For more information about Feufollet, go to www.facebook.com/feufolletband/ or feufollet.net/.

For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to www.cajunzydecophotos.com or www.cajunzydecophotos.com/mobile.
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