A brief history…
T’Monde, meaning “little world” or “little people,” began playing together in early 2011. All members are seasoned musicians and have played with many renowned Cajun bands, including the Pine Leaf Boys, the Savoy Family Band, Walter Mouton and the Scott Playboys, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. Steeped in traditionalism, T’Monde plays old-fashioned Cajun music ranging from the early 1900s to present day. All three musicians are talented singers, having their own distinct sound that makes the band very unique and special to see. Influenced by many different styles of folk music, T’Monde brings you rocking two steps, beautiful harmonies, sorrowful waltzes and heartfelt blues.
Drew Simon – Accordion and vocals
Drew was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana and developed an interest in Cajun music in his late teens. At 20, he began playing the accordion and started learning the words to many of the songs in his huge Cajun music repertoire. Although not owning his own accordion until he was 25, Drew has been a go-to guy for many Cajun bands in need, including Balfa Toujours, Jesse Lege and the Lake Charles Ramblers, Les Bassettes, and The Lafayette Rhythm Devils, Paul Daigle, and the Savoy Family band to name a few. He is deeply influenced in his style of music by dancehall legends Walter Mouton, Aldus Roger, Jesse Lege, Belton Richard, and Lawrence Walker. Fluent in french, Drew has been blessed to travel the world playing and teaching for the past seven years as drummer/vocalist for the grammy nominated Cajun band, the Pine Leaf Boys.
Megan Brown – Guitar and Vocals
Megan, originally from Tepetate, LA, grew up to the sound of Cajun music at her grandparent’s Cajun restaurant. Singing all her life, Megan took to Cajun music and with it the French language at the age of 18. Joining first with her accordionist brother, Briggs Brown, Megan then went on to play with such musicians and groups as Ryan Brunet and Les Malfecteurs, The Pine Leaf Boys, The Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, performing at many cultural events, including Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, Folk Roots Balfa Camp, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, the Shreveport Mudbug Festival, and many more.
Kelli Jones-Savoy – Fiddle and Vocals
The “Jolie Blonde” of the band, Kelli Jones-Savoy has been playing fiddle since the age of fifteen and started out playing old time music in North Carolina, where she is from. In 2006 she moved to Lafayette, Louisiana to study dance at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and learn Cajun fiddle as well. She has been living there since, soaking up the culture and playing with bands such as the Magnolia Sisters, Double Date (with husband Joel Savoy, Linzay Young, and Emma Young), her father Carl Jones, and many local wonderful Louisiana musicians, including members of the Pine Leaf Boys, the Red Stick Ramblers, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, and her fellow band mates Drew Simon and Megan Brown. She has also traveled beyond Louisiana to perform and teach at festivals throughout the United States, including Ashokan Fiddle & Dance Camp, Augusta Heritage Center Cajun & Creole week and the Festival of American Fiddle Tunes.
T’Monde’s home page, tmondecajunband.com