PORTLAND – The Center for Cultural Exchange will present an all-star, all-female Cajun band, the Magnolia Sisters, on Saturday, Jan. 31. Two sets of Cajun dance music will begin at 8 p.m.

The Magnolia Sisters is a Cajun-music band with four singers and musicians. The group evolved from its founding members, Ann Savoy and Jane Vidrine, whose 10-year collaboration revealed the need to give a woman’s voice to Cajun music while maintaining a soulful, gutsy feeling to it, according to the center.

The Magnolia Sisters is the product of years of singing the old songs and associating with the Cajun masters.

Their first CD was released in 1995. Their second release came out in 2000. Both recordings include Cajun standards, swing band numbers, blues, a capella ballads and fiddle duets. Many of the pieces are rare, outside of the repertoire normally heard in today’s dance hall and festival venues.

Also renowned folklorists, the band members will conduct a Cajun tunes workshop from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. for $10.

Tickets for the concert are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.

They may be purchased through the center’s box office, 761-1545; at www.centerforculturalexchange.org or at any Bull Moose music store.


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