Dr. Caterwaul's Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps

Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps plays music from around the world and uses it as a launching pad for improvisations that never lose their sense of groove—whether it’s Colombian cumbias, Ethiopian jazz, Romanian horas, Argentinian tangos, or traditional music from the United States.

Based in New Haven, CT, the five-piece—Chris Cretella on guitar, Adam Matlock on accordion and vocals, Michael Paolucci on drums, Brian Slattery on violin, banjo, trombone and vocals, and Mike Tepper on bass—has opened for Xenia Rubinos, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and the Krar Collective (from Ethiopia). Apart, they have toured the country and ventured into Europe, performing everything from Appalachian fiddle to funk and reggae to experimental new music. Together, they have put on evenings of songs by Kurt Weill and Ennio Morricone and performed back-to-back sold-out sets of music from Twin Peaks. All along, they work up original material by Matlock under his own songwriting project, An Historic.

Always curious, always ready to try new music, Dr. Caterwaul’s Cadre of Clairvoyant Claptraps moves from genre to genre with a style that’s all its own.

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A Colombian cumbia originally from Hermanos Tuiran.

A traditional American song.

A classic of Ethiopian jazz from Getatchew Mekuria.


For more music visit our Bandcamp page.



Oct. 11, 2019: Opening for Vapors of Morphine at the State House, 310 State St., New Haven, CT. 8 p.m.

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In the New Haven Independent, May 31, 2019, when we opened in New Haven for RAM, a band from Haiti.

In the New Haven Independent, May 8, 2017, when we played for an album release show of fellow New Haven band Kindred Queer.

In the New Haven Independent, October 1, 2015, when we opened in New Haven for touring Ethiopian trio the Krar Collective.

In the New Haven Independent, August 21, 2013, when we played an outdoor concert series in New Haven.

In the New Haven Register, June 20, 2011, when we first formed.


Photos And Videos


Taken in front of Cafe Nine on the corner of State Street and Crown Street in New Haven. Photos by Kathleen Cei.

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The following are live videos taken by press and audience members at shows in New Haven, one at Cafe Nine and one at Never Ending Books. In the first video, we're performing "Arroz con Coco," a cumbia from Lucho Bermudez y su Orquesta. In the second video, we're doing "The Drunken Sky's Teeth," by Adam Matlock.


In 2012, we were invited to be on Chip's Unnamed Local Band Show. We recorded it at a church in Milford, CT. Thanks to host Chip McCabe for having us on. We're performing "Way Over Yonder," a traditional American spiritual.


In 2011, Adam Matlock wrote a score to the George Méliès silent short "The Doctor's Secret," which we performed in front of a packed house at Lyric Hall in New Haven and recorded.

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