Australian Fiddler Andy Baylor “fell under the spell of Cajun music” in Melbourne, Australia during the 1970s.  After lots of listening to recordings, he visited Louisiana in 1989.  While here, he learned from Dewey Balfa, Marc Savoy, Rufus Thibodeaux and others.  Then he created a hybrid of Cajun music with country, blues, and rock ‘n’ roll.  He released several CDs.  In July 2005, he went back to Louisiana for more study, listening, and composition.  You can read his 123 page master’s thesis written at the RMIT University (formerly the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology).   It is entitled Possum stole the pumpkin:  finding voice in Cajun music in Australia.  There’s a little confusion on the page, as he’s also referred to as “bayly.”  There’s an abstract of the thesis to help you decide if it’s worth reading the whole thing.  It also appears there were two CDs submitted with the thesis.  They are not available online.

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