Table Chantante

May 28, 2022

Allons chanter! Join us at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site for a traditional French singalong on Saturday, May 28 from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. You need not be fluent in French or a skilled singer to take part. 

Louisiana is well-known for its Cajun and Creole dance music, waltzes, and lively two-steps featuring accordions and fiddles. But an additional repertoire of la musique de la maison or home music includes songs for more than couple dancing. Before radio and television, ballads told stories that were an evening's entertainment. Religious songs comforted mourners and wedding songs honored the bride or poked fun by predicting a break-up. Ditties made children laugh and lullabies helped them sleep. Songs with brain teasers, riddles, or drinking games made gatherings more lively. Certain songs were for round dancing, where all ages joined hands to dance in a circle.

To help those learning French, lyrics will be provided for many of the songs. 
Admission to the site is $4 per person for ages 4 to 61. For More information call 337-394-3754.