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The Memphis  Acoustic Music Association  
Dennis Stroughmatt  et L’Esprit Creole

Friday,  May 2, 2014  8 pm

Otherlands Coffee Bar      641  S. Cooper St.   Memphis TN   
$15   tickets are at Otherlands,    The Booksellers at Laurelwood and online at     



In the Heart of North America is a story that remains to be told, the story of the French Creoles who settled in southern Illinois over three hundred years ago. Along the Wabash and Mississippi River corridors, today they remain with their songs, stories and language, and one music group continues to carry the torch of this enduring culture ...Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole.
Born and raised in southeastern Illinois, Dennis Stroughmatt is an authority on French Creole music, traditions, and culture of “Upper Louisiana,” ( Illinois,  Missouri and Louisiana Purchase area. )  First introduced to local French music as a teenager in Indiana, Dennis later moved to southeast Missouri and spent over three years studying and learning to speak Illinois Creole French, play the fiddle, and sing many of the traditional songs that have permeated the region for over three hundred years. He would also go on to live, work, and play music in the “Cajun country” of Louisiana and study in Quebec, thus completing the circle of French culture in North America. 
A medley of music, language, stories, and culture secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks now has a voice. Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole are its passionate ambassadors, expanding interest in a region that has been, in many ways, ignored by the history books. What many have considered to be long lost is alive and kicking. It’ll make your soul jump, your head spin, and your heart glad to know that it is still here. As they say in the hills, “On est toujours icitte: We are still here!”
Summer 2012 saw a groundswell of “discovery” for the music of Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole.  Recognizing  Dennis’s work in preserving the music and language of the Creole French communities around Old Mines and Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, various arts entities in Washington DC invited  Dennis and his band to perform in:
  • The Homegrown Concert Series (American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress)
  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival
  • Old Songs Festival, New York
  • The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage
  • Keynote: AATF American Association of Teachers of French, National Conference
See the Kennedy Center performance video: http://www.kennedy-center.org/explorer/videos/?id=M5070

"Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole ... the one music group carrying the torch of the enduring culture of Illinois-Missouri Creole traditions. ..A national treasure.” —Missouri Humanities Council

The Memphis  Acoustic Music Association  
Clive Carroll   Saturday, March 1, 2014    8 pm. 
Just for Lunch  3092 Poplar Avenue
$20    tickets can be purchased at The Booksellers at Laurelwood  or online at



Some of us think nothing of spending a lot of money at one of the area’s pricier venues to hear a Yo-Yo Ma, a Renee Fleming, a  Joshua Bell. Although he is much too modest to suggest it himself, English guitarist Clive Carroll belongs in their company.

And on March 1, Clive Carroll returns to Memphis.   You will want to be there.

Described by Acoustic Guitar magazine as "the best and most original young acoustic guitar player and composer in Britain" and by Total Guitar magazine as "one of the Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of all time, "  Clive has toured extensively throughout Europe, North America, and Australia and has  played on numerous film soundtracks including Driving Lessons, the score of which he co-wrote with John Renbourn.   

Clive Carroll plays the acoustic guitar as well as you are likely to hear it played by anyone, past or present, live or on recordings.

Mr. Carroll is no respecter of boundaries—his musical passport bears the stamps of a dizzying variety of genres.   He moves effortlessly from a Jerry Reed finger-buster to a stately Celtic march to “Stompin’ at the Savoy”  to John Dowland’s “Frog Galliard,” all played flawlessly on a steel-string acoustic guitar.

  He is Foremost Among Fingerstylists, The Count of Call and Response, the Exchequer of Euphony, the Paganini of Pickers, the Which Than Which There is No Whicher.  
      written by John Reed

John Renbourn, who knows a thing or two about guitar playing, called Clive Carroll’s first recording, Sixth Sense, “a milestone on the journey of the steel-string guitar."

fRoots magazine dubbed Carroll “truly a guitarist for all seasons.”

 “a joyful fairground ride of instrumental styles spanning the fields of traditional, classical and jazz with inspirations running from newgrass and fusion jazz to Irish stylings”  Arts  Alive

Thank you, Ann Barnes and Just for Lunch, for welcoming us back for the third time. The restaurant (inside Chickasaw Oaks shopping center) will open for dinner at  5:30.  We strongly recommend that you make reservations. Call 454-0755 for reservations or email Justforlunch@bellsouth.net.   Wine will not be sold, but you are welcome to bring your own.  The shopping center will be closed, so park at the west entrance…facing the library.

Beef Tenderloin with Grits with Goat Cheese and Asparagus with Ribbons of Sweet Peppers    $24.00

Lobster Ravioli with Mixed Grilled Vegetables     $19.50 

Honey Jalapeno Chicken with Fiesta Rice and Corn and Black Bean Salad   $13.50 

Mediterranean Salad:  crisp romaine lettuce with roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, olives, artichoke hearts, toasted pine nuts, and  balsamic vinaigrette    $11.50     add grilled chicken   $4.00

Fudge Pie with French Vanilla Ice cream
Coconut Cake
Lemon Parfait
$5.00 each
Small Plates:
Baby Burgers with Sweet Potato Fries $7.50
Fried Oysters with Remoulade $8.50
Cheese Plate $6.50
Sweets $6.00