From Langdon NH & Brattleboro VT, Bayou X is southern VT/NH area’s signature high energy Cajun/Creole dance band, performing both original and traditional Cajun & Zydeco dance music of southwest Louisiana, as well as original and traditional music derived from the global Creole diaspora, including New Orleans R&B, popular and folkloric tunes from Haiti, Martinique, Guadeloupe & St Lucia, Trinidadian calypso, West African Hi-Life, Congolese Rhumba, and an ever evolving variety of Southern roots music genres.
Bayou X is led by New Orleans native, Peter Simoneaux on fiddle and vocals, with spouse & partner Linda Simoneaux on various accordions, fiddle and vocals. Other core members of the band as of 2019, include Lucas Houk on electric bass, electric guitar and keys, Bob Everingham on electric bass and electric and acoustic guitars, and Ben Carr on drums and percussion, as well as an ever evolving list of area collaborators on percussion, brass and reed instruments.
The Bayou X band plays driving, contemporary Cajun & Creole dance music, reflecting the full history of Louisiana French music, from classic Cajun 2-steps and waltzes, to old-time country music, the blues, zydeco, swamp pop, jazz, New Orleans R&B and Mardi Gras standards, and a whole panoply of pan-African and Caribbean musical genres. While Bayou X maintains a deep book of time tested tunes, its focus is increasingly on original music in a broad range of southern roots styles.
Peter & Linda Simoneaux have entertained audiences at dances, concerts, festivals and folk music venues since 1989, first as members of the Schuylkill Bayou Ramblers in Philadelphia, and since 1997, in New England, as the acoustic duo/combo Lil' Orphans. They have shared the stage with acts as renowned as Beausoleil, Savoy Doucet, C.J. Chenier, Mamou, the Mamou Playboys, and Buckwheat Zydeco. They released their debut CD, Big Powerful Woman, in 2011, under the name Lil Orphans Cajun Express. Their new CD, Your Mother Must Be… Something Special, was released in March 2018. Both CDs are available for purchase on this website, and through CD Baby.