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New Orleans' favorite Cajun/Irish/Jewish/ Slavic/ Zydeco punk band
In early 2000, Christian Küffner, busking in New Orleans with his fiddle, spotted Eve playing accordion at the far end of Jackson Square. A night of inspired madness followed, as a ragtag mess of street performers made a small fortune in the alleys off of Bourbon Street, playing strange pidgin Irish tunes to the generous and drunken Mardi Gras revelers.
Eve returned to Spain later that year, and by the time she came back to New Orleans in 2003 Christian had both learned to play accordion and recruited local violinist Joe McGinty. A classical musician by training, Joe McGinty fell in love with the Irish and Cajun tunes Christian was busting out. Eve began teaching the others some of her Klezmer repertoire, and together the three-piece began performing under the name "The Zydepunks".In early 2004, Christian convinced Joe Lilly, an old friend and a brilliant and talented drummer used to playing in punk and heavy metal bands, to add his talent to the group. No longer just a band of folk musicians scrapping together change as street performers, The Zydepunks took the New Orleans underground music scene by storm with their speedy and amped-up versions of European and Louisiana folk songs.
As an Ecuadorian-German raised in America and somehow knowing a smattering of French, Christian's vocal stylings in six languages (German, French, Spanish, Yiddish, English, Portuguese) immediately set the band apart, as well as their willingness to play tunes from countless folk music traditions, including Cajun, Irish, Breton, French, Slavic, Klezmer, and Zydeco, while drawing their sound from inspirational bands like the Pogues, the Ukrainians, and the Clash.
This diversity translates into the crowd the band attracts and the venues they play. At a Zydepunks show, youngsters can be seen throwing their bodies around the front lines, while the older generations soak up the tunes in the rear, stepping up for traditional dance numbers. The Zydepunks perform at events ranging from hard-core punk shows to Irish pubs and folk music festivals.