Tribute to Caesar Vincent, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, Oct. 13, 2018
In addition to celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana (CODOFIL), 2018 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles paid tribute to Caesar Vincent, a Vermilion Parish subsistence farmer who loved to sing songs. Some of this songs can be traced back to medieval France, some come from Louisiana’s own French tradition, and some are his own compositions. Recordings of him made in 1953 and 1957 by folklore researchers have preserved 44 of his songs. One of them, “Travailler, c’est trop dur,” became an international hit after it was recorded by BeauSoleil, Zachary Richard and many others years after Vincent’s death. Two other songs have also been covered by contemporary groups. Now, in 2018, after Barry Ancelet discovered the folklorists’ recordings in the archives of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and set about recruiting musicians to record their versions of 20 songs, Festivals Acadiens et Créoles paid tribute to Caesar Vincent with the release of a CD, a pre-festival symposium and concert that included Vincent’s music, and a tribute during the festival Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13, at Scène Mon Héritage featuring songs from the CD.

For more about the project, check out Dan Willging’s article:

The CD package includes two CDs, an article by Barry Ancelet describing Vincent and his legacy, and a booklet with the lyrics to the songs in French with English translations. You can order it for $20 from the festival web site:

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