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Crawdad Wranglers Band

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Ryan Thomson and the Crawdad Wranglers

since 1988,

Boston Music Award Nomination Winners

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The Crawdad Wranglers are led by Ryan

Thomson on fiddle and accordion. The

band performs cajun and zydeco dance

music of Louisiana, Tex-Mex, and original


Ryan Thomson has studied and played

informally with nationally known cajun

master musicians. He recognizes the

importance of preserving the traditions

and roots of cajun music. He reflects this

respect in his own playing while creating a

highly danceable mix of traditional and modern


Other long time band members include Paul Mangion on cajun percussion instruments,

Steve Brown on drums, Jeff Lind on bass, Brian Richardson on guitar, Fred Simmons on

Trombone, and other guest artists from time to time.

Cajun and Zydeco music is a musical gumbo, blending many influences including French,

black, Spanish, and early country music. The accordion and fiddle are the Crawdad's lead

instruments, and the rhythm is strong, inviting, and irresistible to dancers. To cook up the

Wranglers sound; you mix a heaping helping of rural "Cajun" folk music with a dash of

blues, rock 'n' roll, and Caribbean and Latin beats.

In a photo above Ryan teaches cajun 2 step at the Bread and Roses Festival. He is

experienced in teaching traditional cajun dance steps such as the two step, waltz, and

"cajun jitterbug." His entertaining and patient teaching style will get any group of

beginners up and dancing quicker than you can say "Jambalaya!"

We will try to adapt to your budget needs and available performing space. The band is

available in sizes ranging from 3 piece to 6 piece.  Buy our CDs!

"A wild evening of food, music, and dancing!" ....Haverhill Gazette

"Cajun music and food set sizzling pace at party" ...Lawrence Eagle-Tribune

"Crawdads get crowd hoppin'"....Foster's Daily Democrat

"Sizzling!" ..."Dancers wrangle with Cajun style" ....Portsmouth Herald

"Laissez lez bons temps rouler!"

(let the good times roll!)

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