Canray Fontenot was a fantastic fiddler in the Louisiana Creole style. He often played with Alphonse ‘Bois Sec’ Ardoin, accordionist, performing at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival and countless Louisiana music festivals. Fontenot’s first name was also spelled ‘Kenray’ on occasion. Perpetually grinning, he was a great performer and singer, until his death in 1995. A brief discography:
Alphonse “Bois Sec” Ardoin with Canray Fontenot. Musique Creole. Arhoolie Productions, Inc.. 445. 1966, 1974, 1996. CD and 33.
Canray Fontenot. Louisiana hot sauce, Creole style. Arhoolie Productions, Inc.. CD-381. 1992. CD and CS.
Canray Fontenot & the Carriere Brothers. Cajun fiddle styles vol. 1 the Creole tradition. Antika Records. 5031. 1983. 33.
BeauSoleil. Allons A Lafayette & More With Canray Fontenot. Arhoolie Records, 308. 1988.
This video has an advertisement at the end, but the music and vocals are so beautiful, it’s worth watching. Les Barres de la Prison is the lament of a young man condemned to 99 years in prison, saying goodbye to his family and friends. One of the great classics of Louisiana Creole music.