About Nonc Allie Young
Nonc Allie Young was in his sixties and well into retirement before he put out a recording, which the accordion player put together in 1975 in France. A pair of cassettes, Allons Danser Avec Nonc Allie and Two Steppin' With Nonc Allie, followed in the early '90s. Despite the lag time between recordings, Young remained quite active through the years. He made two tours of France during the mid-'70s when he played for the Balfa Brothers, and joined a tour that took him around the world in 1980 with Ricky Skaggs and the Whites. The tour, with stops in Italy, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Cairo, Japan, Burma, India, and Oman, traveled on behalf of the U.S. State Department. Over the course of his career, Young also devoted more than a half dozen years to the Balfa Brothers Band, and spent time as part of the Fruge Family Band. With D.L. Menard, he embarked on four Canadian trips. During the mid-'80s, Young pulled together a band of his own and dubbed it the Basile Cajun Band before playing the World's Fair, which was held in New Orleans in 1984. The Louisiana Hall of Master Folk Artists inducted him into its ranks, and he has played numerous festivals. Among the musicians he has performed with are Doc Guidry, Nathan Abshire, Leo Soileau, Jimmy C. Newman, and Rufus Thibodeaux.
Those who are close to the accordionist call him Nonc Allie, as nonc means uncle in French. He was born near Basile, LA, on a farm. During his childhood, he wanted so badly to make music on an accordion that he crafted an "instrument" out of cardboard and pretended the day away. His father spent $3.50 for a used squeezebox when the budding musician was eight years old. About four years later, Young played at local get-togethers that Cajuns call fais-do-dos. At the advent of World War II, he left farming to work with sheet metal. Young and his spouse settled in Orange, TX, and he employed his sheet metal skills in the local shipyard. When the war ended, Young brought his wife home to their farm, where he established a little grocery that they ran for almost three decades. ~ Linda Seida, Rovi