Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Weekend

April 2-4, 2004    Lake Fausse Pointe State Park

More Activities on Saturday, April 3, 2004




During lunch at the Conference Center on Saturday, Cedric Watson, a remarkable young fiddler, from the town of San Felipe, Texas, west of Houston, performed with James Adams on guitar and Christine Powell on triangle. Adams has been instrumental in encouraging musicians like Watson and accordionist Corey Ledet to learn Creole music. Watson has not only learned the fiddle style of the late Canray Fontenot, but he is also a gifted vocalist who does an excellent job performing Canray's songs like "Les Barres de la Prison" and "Bee de la Manche." In addition, he sang "Valse de Balfa" and, with Christine's encouragement, performed the tongue twister "T'en a eu tu n'auras plus" ("Step It Fast"). Creole fiddlers are now a rarity, so it is especially heartening to see a young musician embrace this style with such commitment.

The photos immediately below are from the first part of the afternoon master session with Preston Frank, accompanied by Kevin Wimmer on fiddle and D'Jalma Garnier on guitar. Preston Frank, father of Keith Frank, is truly a master of Creole music, whose performance embodied what Louisiana Folk Roots is all about.

LSUE photographs for the day end at this point (followed by a necessary return to Eunice to send out LSUE Bengal baseball results: the team swept another double-header), but the camp continued with dinner entertainment provided by Michael Doucet, David Doucet, and Jimmy Breaux and then a trip to La Poussière, a legendary Breaux Bridge night club.


The photos in this section show campers in band workshops Saturday afternoon. They divided into groups, with each group having at least one accordion player, fiddler, and guitarist so that everyone could learn more about playing in an actual band.



Posted 4-12-04

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