Thursday, May 15, 2014


“Duralde is a little community near Mamou, Louisiana. This haunting fiddle tune was recorded in LeJeune’s kitchen on the newly invented tape recorder. Wilson Granger plays the fiddle and Alfred Cormier is on guitar. Eddie Shuler said that LeJeune’s house had been made of green wood, so when the wood dried there were cracks left in the walls. This let all the outdoor noises come into the house, including the barking of LeJeune’s dog which can be heard on this recording.” — Ann Allen Savoy, 1992

Iry Le June (And His Accordion)*
Duraldo Waltz • 1956

*(except he doesn’t play accordion on this!)

Notes reprinted courtesy of Ann Allen Savoy. (Song notes excerpted from booklet notes to Iry LeJeune, Cajun’s Greatest: The Definitive Collection, Ace CDCHD 428, 1992.)


  1. I love this - the fiddle is gorgeous! Marie

  2. I think I'll be coming back to this one quite often. Thanks again for posting it.

  3. First, while released possibly in 56, it was recorded in 54 at Iry's house. Iry died in 55. Second, what people don't realize is that this was recorded twice, one with and one without the dog bark. Iry had a fox terrier that lived under the house named Rain. This one (with the dog bark) was released on the flipside of "Grande Bosco" on Goldband records and the other one (without the bark) released on the flipside of "I Went To The Dance". For years, record producer Eddie Shuler never believed there was a dog bark. Probably because he has multiple recordings he was listening to at the time. It's the only Iry tune without the accordion.