Live Review: I Draw Slow - The Button Factory, May 8th [Support: Cedric Watson]

A Wednesday night in rainy Dublin finds me in The Button Factory listening to Cajun/Creole music at it's finest in the shape of Cedric Watson supporting one of Ireland's best folk bands 'I Draw Slow'.

Cedric Watson is one of the brightest young talents to emerge in Cajun, Creole and Zydeco (Louisiana French) music over the last decade. He is a four-time Grammy-nominated fiddler, singer, accordionist & songwriter who was accompanied by Desiree on Rubboard and Stompbox and on a number of tracks by Chris Hall.

It was a real pleasure to see Cedric Watson live and to hear first hand Creole music. Cedric was hugely entertaining introducing the different types of songs in the set and the influences and origins. In particular the explanation of 'Cochon De Lait' meaning suckling pig full of milk was really funny.

Cedric Watson opened up a whole new world of music and rubboards for me last night. It was a superb performance that nicely opened the night for Dublin band I Draw Slow to take the stage.

Beginning the show with the opening track 'Little Switzerland' of their debut album 'Downside', I Draw Slow played a wonderful show full of great tunes. Almost half the songs played were new songs ready for recording in the near future. New songs that impressed were the gentle ballad 'Springtime', the new song about World War 3 which I didn't catch the name of and this good time tune 'Bread & Butter'.

At the end of the night two things surprised me. Firstly I Draw Slow asked the Cedric, Desiree and Chris Hall back on stage to finish the night with some more Louisiana Creole music. That was a fine end to a great night of music. The second thing to really shock me was that neither band had music to sell on the night due to a lack of finances to print more copies. Sad, sad times indeed for these great bands especially given the quality of the musicianship on The Button Factory stage.

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