(Foto De Cactus © Andre Smit)
Lucas Meertens (1952) is a product of the Drenthe-Groningen peat colonies and plays the accordion from the age of eight and played at contests and parties. From 1965, Lucas became under the spell of Cuby and the Blizzards and became an avid blues fan. For a while, the accordion was less popular until he heard the music of Clifton Chenier, the king of Zydeco. The blues on the accordion! After attending a performance by Queen Ida in Amsterdam in the eighties, his musical future was determined. Louisiana music on the accordion.
He has always continued to play the accordion on the different continents where he did development work in agriculture. He played for years in the Mazizini Cajun Twisters in Zanzibar.
Back in the Netherlands and settled in Ommen, he founded the Alligator Express and later the Red Kidney Beans. These bands played throughout the country and sometimes abroad, at festivals and in music cafes. The music was mainly Zydeco, the black brother of the Cajun music.
In addition to the accordion, the Louisiana single-row harmonica, i.e. Cajun accordion is increasingly used by Lucas and that perfectly fits in Des Fais Do Do, of which he is member since mid 2019.