Matt Besinaiz was raised on the Texas Gulf Coast and comes from French roots. Matt’s musical experience spans a wide range of styles in addition to Cajun including Punk, Rockabilly, and Country. He played mandolin with Austin's familiar country bluegrass-metal band, "The Doolins", and has mixed it up on fiddle and guitar with Charles Thibodeaux and the Austin Cajun Aces.
Robin Howell, the south Texas native, comes from Bluegrass origins. Mastering the mandolin for years before picking up the fiddle, he played with two well known Cajun bands in San Antonio: "The Swamp Angels" and "The Sabine Jumpers." Meeting Matt at "Duckworth's Violin Shop" in New Braunfels, they decided to study Cajun fiddle together and since then have built a repertoire of timeless songs by Cajun greats like Canray Fontenot, Dewey Balfa, and Dennis McGee.
Bob Hardister, coming from the greater Houston area, is no stranger to Cajun music. He played in Country bands while studying music at the University of North Texas and has mastered a wide range of instruments such as piano, bass, guitar, drums, trombone and the Cajun accordion.
Cary Ozanian and Darren Sluyter, ex-members of the Austin based band called "the Weary Boys" joined Gumbo Ce Soir a year later to make their sound complete.
Matt, Robin, Bob, Cary and Sluyter look forward to continuing to play traditional Cajun music at night clubs and events across Austin. It’s understandable why these 5 minstrels prefer the joyful and melodic sounds of Cajun music. You are invited to spend some time listening and learning about the Cajun culture with them so that soon you, too, will be chanting: “Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler-Let the Good Times Roll