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Horace Trahan (2004)

Gumb-Oh! La! La!



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Ossun, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Tele-Vision 84, Inc.

Date Issued: 2004-04-11

Duration: 00:27:00

Subjects: Council for the Development of French in Louisiana | French language | Cajun culture | Cajun French dialect | Cajun music | Zydeco music | Accordion | Carpentry


  • Therio, Marie-Jo Host
  • Valcour, Dominique M. Producer
  • Trahan, Helaire Speaker
  • Trahan, Harry Speaker
  • Ardoin, Morris Speaker
  • Ardoin, Alphonse "Bois Sec" Speaker
  • Richard, Kenneth Speaker
  • Riley, Steve Speaker


This episode of “Gumbo! La! La!” from April 11, 2004, explores Cajun French music. Host Marie-Jo Therio discovers Cajun French heritage through the eyes and life experience of local South Louisiana residents. Marie-Jo speaks with Horace Trahan, an accordion player and lead singer of the band Horace Trahan and the Ossun Express. They discuss how he first began playing the accordion as a teenager, his musical influences, including local Zydeco player Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin and Bob Marley, and how he blends the sounds of Cajun and Zydeco music to create an inclusive musical experience for diverse Louisiana heritages. This program was preserved through a 2022-2023 Public Broadcasting Preservation Fellowship.