It may look like a simple instrument to conquer, but the triangle, or tit fer in Cajun French, is a vital part of a Cajun sound. And yes, it doubles as a way to call people in for supper.
But the musical side of this piece of steel is why Vermilionville will host a class on teaching Cajun rhythms on the triangle on Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, part of the historical village’s monthly workshops that teach crafts from master artisans.
During the Aug 5 workshop in Lafayette, Louisiana, members of the Huval family who make up the band ŒUVAL will teach Cajun rhythms on the triangle from 10 a.m. to noon. Based out of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, ŒUVAL is made up of the extended and musical Huval clan of St. Martin Parish. Kevin Huval on vocals and guitar is joined by his sons, Joshua on accordion and Daniel on bass, plus Christian Lejeune on fiddle and Jimmy Breaux on drums.
Participants must have their own triangles for this class but Vermilionville is offering triangles made by its resident blacksmith, Jay Steiner, at a reduced price of $10 when purchased in conjunction with the workshop. There are only 10 triangles available at this cost, and they can be purchased at the time of online registration. To register, visit Vermilionville.org, or call (337) 233-4077 or email Vville@BayouVermilionDistrict.org.
Cheré Coen is a food and travel writer who loves weird and unusual things, including fun instruments.