2017: Touloulou at The Oly Old Time Festival

by Alec Clayton for OLY ARTS

Seattle-based Cajun band Touloulou will play for late-night dancers in the South Bay Grange on Feb. 18. The four-piece band is made up of Elena DeLisle on guitar, John Hurd on accordion, and Karen England and Steve Perry on fiddle. The festival website promises, “They’ll have you joyfully two-stepping and waltzing around the dance floor into the wee hours of the night.”

Touloulou has been together since 2013. They play in an older style that would’ve been right at home in the house dances popular 100 years ago.

“Elena, John and Steve came together out of the old-time music world,” said accordionist Hurd. “I was the bass player in Seattle old-time band The Tallboys for many years before discovering a love for Cajun accordion in 2012. Steve also plays bluegrass and old-time banjo. Elena spends her days as a music teacher and is an accomplished guitar player in many styles. Karen is one of the Northwest’s finest Cajun fiddlers. For two decades she was a member of the renowned Seattle Cajun band How’s Bayou.”

Touloulou will also play a dance for the 2017 Folklife Festival in Seattle. Space is limited this year for evening events, so there’s a chance they’ll sell out.

What: Touloulou

Where: South Bay Grange,
3918 Sleater Kinney Rd. NE, Olympia

When: 10 p.m. – midnight Saturday, Feb. 18

How much: free – $20

Learn more: Touloulou | Oly Old Time

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