"There is a new wind blowing in South Louisiana music. And it's called
L'Angelus. Talented. Original. Yet tradition based. With roots in both
Cajun and Country. To hear them play is a pleasure. To hear them sing is
a joy. To see them smile is a wonder. I am a fan."
"L'Angélus is the epitome of organic family music. "L'Angélus" translates to me as "angelic voices" with the instrumental energy of a freight train that knows no boundaries. Apart from the fact that these kids are so in sync with one another (and umbilically with their mother) the magic of their music more than touches your heart......it pierces your heart then sweeps you away.
The joy of music is L'Angèlus 'raison d'ètre'."
~Michael Doucet dit BeauSoleil
Offbeat Magazine review of our debut album, "Ca C'est Bon"
Thank God for brutal North Dakota winters. Because of them, Linda Rees
taught her bayou-transplanted progeny, Katie, Paige, John and Stephen; to
sing and play music. Obviously she taught 'em well because soon the family
band (then Linda Lou & the Lucky Four) were on their way to playing
hundreds of super-charged shows across the Midwest and Southeast.
Now they're back on native soil, re-christened as L'Angélus, a moniker
that refers to the Catholic prayer where church bells are rung thrice
daily when the devotion is said. An acoustic band (think: Rankin Family on
roux) that mixes country pop originals with Acadiana fare, L'Angelus is
like the ringing of bells centering around the magical harmonies of Paige,
Katie and Stephen that are nothing short of heart melting. With mighty bow
strokes and lickety-split runs, Stephen is already a formidable fiddler
with plenty of zesty drive, as evidenced by the title song and the western
swing stomper "Goin' Back to Ponchatoula."
They add interesting touches along the way, like Irish pennywhistles on Christine Balfa's anthemic "La Chandelle Est Allumée" that draws the Cajun-to-Celtic cultural link.
Obviously, with a name like L'Angélus, there's a spiritual sensibility,
which is manifested in "The Waltz of St. Ceclia" and the gorgeous "The
Waltz of the Sorrowful Mysteries." The religious undertones are never
overbearing but celebratory, in a sense, as their blood and sonic bond
reveals a full appreciation for life.
-- Dan Willging, Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans