A musical experience of America's Deep South

A musical experience of America's Deep South

11th - 21st April 2018

Regular price Deposit for this tour: £750 Sale

Songlines Music Travel and Master Travel invite you to experience the sounds of the Deep South. Catering for music lovers and travellers alike, this trip will take you to the heart of Louisiana’s music scene.
It is no exaggeration to say that Louisiana is one of America’s richest sources of traditional music!
Join us in our discovery of the diverse sounds of this melting pot of French, African, American and French-Canadian cultures.

Accompanied by your Songlines tour leader Garth Cartwright, you will have privileged access to the very best local music venues and the chance to hang out with artists.
Garth Cartwright is an author and London based journalist.
Winning two Quantas Journalism award and one for Music Writting, Garth travelled around Central America and Cuba, covered 25,000 miles in seach of surviving strands of blues, soul, Cajun, Tex-Mex, and other American roots music.

Full Tour Price: £3,750 Dates: 11/04/2018 - 21/04/2018 | Duration: 11 days

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Wednesday 11th April: New Orleans (B)

AM/PM: Arrive in New Orleans and make your way to the hotel
EVE: Meet up with the tour leader and the rest of the group for a briefing over dinner.

Thursday 12th April: New Orleans (B)

AM/PM: Walking tour of the French Quarter / Jackson Square Buskers
EVE: Dinner and enjoy live music at local venues

Friday 13th April: New Orleans (B)

AM/PM/EVE: French Quarter Festival

Saturday 14th April: New Orleans (B)

AM/PM/EVE: French Quarter Festival

Sunday 15th April: New Orleans - Cajun Country (B)

AM: Drive to Cajun Country and explore the bayous around Lafayette, including McGee's Swamp Tour in Breaux Bridge
PM: Enjoy live music and Cajun waltz in a Cajun bar
EVE: Head to Lafayette for more live music and overnight

Monday 16th April: Lafayette - New Orleans (B)

AM: Visit LARC's Arcadian Village in Lafayette to learn about Cajun history. Meet some local Cajun musicians
PM: Drive back to New Orleans via the Old Highway. Visit a recording studio and meet with the owner and musicians
EVE: Dinner and enjoy live music at local venues

Tuesday 17th April: New Orleans (B/D)

AM: Visit the Backstreet Cultural Museum
PM: Afternoon at leisure
EVE: Steamboat Cruise on the Mississippi with dinner and live Jazz by the Grammy-nominated Dukes of Dixieland

Wednesday 18th April: Mississippi Delta (B)

AM: Drive to Mississippi Delta
PM: Take a tour of the highlights of the Delta, including the BB King Museum in Indianola and the Indian Mounds
EVE: Dinner and overnight at the Belmont Plantation in Greenville

Thursday 19th April: Greenville – Memphis (B)

AM: Tour of Belmont Plantation
PM: Drive to Memphis, stopping en-route in Clarksdale
EVE: Dinner and live blues

Friday 20th April: Memphis (B)

AM: Walking tour and Civil Rights Museum 
PM: Visit Sun Studio and the STAX Museum of American Soul Music
EVE: Dinner and live blues

Saturday 21st April: Memphis (B)

AM: Tour ends and depart for onward journeys

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    The cost includes

    • Accommodation: 10 nights in hotel on a twin share basis, with breakfast included. A single room is available on payment of a supplement 
    • Transfer between Memphis hotel and the airport
    • Ground transportation within USA
    • The services of a Songlines Music Travel Leader 
    • All visits and musical activities listed in the itinerary
    • Pre-departure information

    The cost excludes

    • International flights to/from Louisiana/Memphis
    • Visas and travel insurance. Please ensure you purchase adequate insurance cover before you leave home
    • Meals not specified in the itinerary
    • Alcoholic drinks, dinners, snacks or any purchased of a personal nature
    • Tips to the hotel staff, drivers and guides, not specified by the tour leader
    • Anything not specified in the inclusions and itinerary above


    Feedback from previous Songlines trips

    "The whole trip was excellent! The opportunities provided by the tour leader to meet local bands and have private performances were outstanding, memorable and very special. So was the group of fellow travellers. The two weeks passed by so fast and I enjoyed every minute. Many thanks to all involved.”

    Jane Foulsham on the Songlines trip to Cuba

    “This is an incredible tour. We had the privilege of meeting musicians in their own homes and villages – and listening to their music was an experience of a lifetime that I will never forget.”

    Tiki Kyte on the Songlines trip to Rajasthan