T'Monde spices up the Swannanoa Valley with Cajun flavor

From Staff Reports
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In Cajun French t’monde means “little world."

The members of Acadian trio T’Monde are young, but they play the traditional music of Louisiana with an authority that belies their years. Between them the members have a total of ten Grammy nominations and with their latest album, “Yesterday’s Gone”, they showcase their mix of early country music, ancient French and Creole ballads and modern Cajun tunes.

They’ll bring a touch of the bayou to the Swannanoa Valley at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 20, when they kick off their current tour at the White Horse Black Mountain. 

The acoustic trio, born out of friendship and a shared love of music, has developed a unique sound unmatched in Cajun music today.

Two members of the band, Drew Simon (accordion and vocals) and Megan Brown (guitar and vocals) are Louisiana natives that grew up hearing the music of the Cajun dance halls and have been perfecting their craft since their late teens.

Fiddler and vocalist Kelli Jones is a North Carolina native  who’s been playing fiddle for old-time dances since the age of fifteen, but has made Louisiana her base for studying and playing the Cajun styles that now hold center stage in her repertoire.

Catch some traditional Louisiana tunes:

Where: White Horse Black Mountain

When: Thursday, Sept. 20, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $10 in advance at whitehorseblackmountain.com or $12 at the door