Cedric Watson at Ashcroft Arts Centre, Fareham

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Watson is an exponent of the creole music that grew out of the deep south and particularly Louisiana.

And as such, it’s not a commonly found musical form in the UK. But performing with his Bijou Trio, Watson’s doing his damnedest to show us how it’s done. Nominated for multiple Grammies, here he’s playing in Fareham to 30 people on a Friday night.

Playing either a fiddle or accordion, he’s flanked by Jack on fiddle and Desiree on washboard. As it’s mostly sung in Cajun French (there’s only the occasional verse or line in English) Watson explains the songs, so we get to hear tales of voodoo, love lost, love found and Mardi Gras rituals.

Watson’s requests for us to get up and dance are met with English reserve, and the small but attentive audience remains rooted to its seats. But you can imagine in some steamy bar in Bon Temps or wherever, Watson would tear the place apart.