L’Angelus goes mainstream


Great news: L’Angelus has been picked up by Ignatius Press for distribution!

For those of you who don’t know L’Angelus, the trio is part of a large Catholic family from Lafayette.  Their music is a super combination of Cajun, bluegrass, Irish, and Catholic sensibilities.  Their musical, vocal, and songwriting abilities are top-notch.  They do not disappoint.  I have been lucky enough to hear them live on 4 occasions – including when they played for Family Fun Day at Queen of All Saints last year.

Now, you don’t have to wait to catch them live.  Ignatius Press has become the group’s distributor.  You can’t have a better match.  Ignatius Press publishes the best of the Catholic books in the United States.  It is the American publisher for Pope Benedict XVI.  (In fact, I wish I could own everything – books, music, dvds – in IP’s catalogue.  Hint, hint.)

The first CD that Ignatius Press will distribute for the group is called Sacred Hymns (click the link to listen to it). It is a 12-track collection of some of the most beloved hymns in Catholic music; for example, “Ave Maria”, “Panis Angelicus”, “Tantum Ergo”, “Salve Regina”, and more.

Plus, L’Angelus has gotten some great reviews.  James Rutherford, of TiberRiver.com, reviewed the CD, and had great things to say.  Let me quote him here:

I had the privilege of hearing an advance copy of Sacred Hymns and I was blown away when I heard it.  The first album by L’Angelus was a mixture of Cajun-country-bluegrass and is a pleasure to listen to.  What they have been able to do with this latest album is to fuse their unique sound with an unmistakably Catholic repertoire.   …  The a capella Salve Regina is particularly nice because the melody is the chant form that most people are familiar with, but the astounding harmony transforms this into version you will listen to time and again.   …   If you haven’t had the opportunity to see L’Angelus in concert or live on EWTN you should listen to some of the sample tracks and purchase this CD.   …   This is a great album for people of all ages.

Let me tell you how popular L’Angelus is:  They’re fresh off an appearance on EWTN’s Life on the Rock; they’re booked for appearances in the next few weeks in Virginia, New York City, and – get this – Ireland.

But, if you want to catch them in person, you can find them live in Lafayette on Friday, June 19, at the Barnes & Noble “Beat the Heat Summer Concert Series” from 7:00-7:45 pm.  VPCYG will be there.  We’re going shopping, dancing, and skating Friday night.

Here’s a sample of their music from a clip I found on YouTube.  It’s amateur video, so the quality isn’t too great.  But, I chose this one because they’re performing with the legendary D.L. Menard from Erath.  Menard’s signature song is “Porte a l’arriere” (The Back Door), about sneaking in the back door after a long night of carousing.

  In this video – even if you can’t understand D.L. Menard’s Cajun lyrics – pay attention to the musicianship of L’Angelus.  To see stuff that’s more representative of L’Angelus’ full spectrum of abilities, check out these YouTube clips.

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6 Responses to L’Angelus goes mainstream

  1. Therese' Doucet says:

    They performed at our school for the past 2 yrs during Catholic Schools Week…awesome!

  2. Erik Andvik says:

    I’ve been a big fan of this group ever since I read about them in the National Catholic Register http://www.ncregister.com/site/article/16530

    If you want to see how awsome their music is, go to their website and check out the videos. Start with the 2006 promo: http://www.angelusband.com/videos.html

    • Nicholas Jagneaux says:

      Hey, Erik,

      Thanks for stopping by. L’Angelus is pretty infectious, especially live. Their joy in their music is evident, and beautiful. I was fortunate enough to hear the whole family play at a Man-to-Man Catholic Conference a couple of years ago. Believe me, the whole Rees family has talent.

      Thanks for the links, especially the link to L’Angelus’ video page (I wish I’d have thought of that!). However, let me warn people that in order to read the National Catholic Register article, they have to be a subscriber.

      Take care; come back; and may God bless you.

  3. Erik Andvik says:

    Thanks Nicholas!

    I guess I slipped in a little ad for the National Catholic Register too 😉 A great paper.

    Yes, something about their combination of virtue and joie de vivre is to me such a powerful testimony to the Catholic faith. L’Angelus represents to me the new generation’s move toward what Richard John Neuhaus called “the high adventure of orthodoxy”!


  4. Paige Rees says:

    Hi Nicholas!

    I’m assuming you are the writer of this blogpost…

    I just came upon it while searching for content on the web to include on our new site, launching this week.’

    I wanted to drop a line to thank you for this great review and promo. We’ve got a free mp3 giveaway going on right now at http://www.langelus.com, so I wanted to let you know about that too!

    Thanks again for spreading the word, and especially for your prayers for our family. God bless and keep you,

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