The Creole Belles

"A highly intoxicating brew of Cajun and Creole music played with

spirit, reverence, and love." Dan Willging, Dirty Linen

Traditional Cajun
AND
Creole Dance Music

The California based all-women band is well known in the Cajun music scene for bringing the raw, driving authenticity of southwest Louisiana dancehalls to their shows.


Popular zydeco musician and Louisiana native Andrew Carrière is a regular special guest and contributes Creole French vocals and some powerful accordion to the CD, as exemplified in the medley of tunes learned from his late father, legendary fiddler Bébé Carrière of the renowned Carrière Brothers from Lawtell, Louisiana. Andrew and many people from southwest Louisiana emigrated to California in the last half century and brought their music with them, inspiring a new generation of California musicians like fiddler Delilah Lee Lewis and accordionist Maureen Karpan to travel to Louisiana to learn to play the music.


The Creole Belles’ self-titled CD on the Arhoolie record label, produced by Greg Landau and mastered by two-time Grammy winning engineer John Greenham, showcases the dynamic collaboration between Andrew’s soulful Creole roots and the Belles’ heartfelt expression of the music they have embraced over the years.

The Creole Belles Musicians:


Delilah Lee Lewis

fiddle & vocals


Maureen Karpan

accordion & vocals


Karen Leigh, guitar & vocals


Special Guest, Andrew Carrière,

vocals, triangle, rubboard, accordion

And For A Bigger Sound:



Elaine Herrick, on stand up bass


Sam Siggins, drums


Myrna Cooper, rubboard


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