Christy and Jim, purveyors of fun
“Jim Phillips and his wife Christy Leichty are artists and educators who love Cajun and Creole music and the culture so dearly that they moved to Louisiana to help rebuild and work in education after the 2005 hurricanes.
In addition to their educational endeavors there, they bought an old Texaco distribution center, moved it to a secret location, and outfitted it as a dance hall/theater called The Whirlybird. Some of the biggest names in Cajun music and beyond “pass a good time” there.”
Here is a link so you can read what Southern writer, Reese Fuller wrote about Christy and Jim when they first arrived in SWLA.
The video above is Christy and Jim dancing in Hollywood, County Wicklow to the esoteric musical group – Celjun – who play musical genre from Cajun to Celtic and everything in between. Christy and Jim, were inspired by this historical Celtic place, and fell in love with the pub, Tutty’s of Hollywood Tutty’s is just down the hill from the 17th Century de-commissioned church where Chirsty & Jim were dancing. Without any help or hindrance from government officials, Jim and friends have annexed a piece of Tutty’s, Hollywood, County Wicklow, Ireland and have installed it in the beloved Whirlybird Honky Tonk, St Landry Parish, Southwest Louisiana.
Christy and Jim traditionally join other dancers in Iowa, LA or Lake Charles, LA for the Boozoo Chavis Labor Day Festival. Here are clips from 2017. Always – the best and our favorite pair on the dancefloor, Jennifer DuPont & Zydeco Joe Citizen
And, Christy and Jim doing what they love. Notice that in the previous clip Zydeco Joe Citizen is wearing a “Get Cook’m with Boozoo and Leona” autographed apron – and in this next clip Jim is wearing it. They honor Boozoo Chavis and years of beyond-description zydeco fun.