The legendary Ragin’ Cajuns may not have been the best Cajun outfit in Manchester – but they were certainly the first – and with the success of their Manchester Cajun Club in Chorlton in the late 1980s probably the most influential. Who can forget 450 Cajun cloggers beating at the door – trying to get out? The band consisted of:
Graham Buckley (double bass/banjo)
Dominic Macdonald guitar/mandolin/vocals)
Bob Dickinson (drum/triangle/vocal)
Steve Landin (fiddle)
Roger Fisken (fiddle
Martyn Day (accordion/guitar/vocals).
In the late 1980's there was a hugely popular 'cajun triangle' in Britain, stretching from Liverpool in the West, Bradford in the East and Derby and beyond in the South - and the Ragin' Cajuns played at most of the venues in it - including Cecil Sharp House, the London home of folk and roots music.
Sadly the band broke up in 1992 and apart from a one-off appearance at Glastonbury – nothing. This is, until NOW! The Ragin' Cajuns, older, wiser and probably no better are playing a totally unrehearsed, as spontaneous as you like one off gig at the Verve in Hyde of Saturday 19th November 2011.