Scots Plus Cajun – Discover Bonnie Bayou

Mingle heartfelt Scottish songs with Cajun honky tonk and the result is what the Jennifer Ewan Band calls “Bonnie Bayou”.

It’s an acoustic pop sound finely honed on the streets of the capital, where singer-songwriter Jennifer, accordionist Kim Tebble and western swing bassist Iain McFadyen have earned their stripes busking on the Royal Mile.

The band has a growing reputation and went down a storm on BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth Show where Jennifer was described as “Just brilliant – music of the highest quality – a Scottish rising star”.

Edinburgh is embedded in her songs, and she knows the city from more angles than most – living on a houseboat and having spent time leading ghost tours.

Her rich, throaty Scottish voice mixed with a country sound that originates from Appalachia, Louisiana and Texas come together in mid-tempo personal ballads grounded in Cajun honky tonk and the unusual interplay of accordion, acoustic guitar and bass.

As well as their own original songs the band throws in Cajun and Louisiana classics like Baby Please Don’t Go, Grand Kaplin and Madelaine.

Check out their gig list for all their upcoming shows.