page has not been updated since it was posted in 2001.
Donald Fontenot et les Cajuns de la Prairie perform traditional Cajun music at festivals, clubs, private events, and, as pictured on this page, at the Liberty Theater in Eunice in April 2001.
The group has been performing for well over a decade. In addition to Donald Fontenot on accordion, other members include Cliff Miller, a veteran fiddle player who is now in his eighties; Curzy "Pork Chop" Roy on drums, a musician who many credits include performing on Harry Choates' legendary 1946 recording of "Jole Blon"; Bobby Ortego on guitar; and Claudia Wood on bass fiddle. Wood is also a ranger at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice, where she regularly performs in a Cajun music program that begins at 3 p.m. every Saturday.
Before she performed Cajun music, Wood played with country and western and bluegrass bands.
Lanor Records released a recording by Donald Fontenot et les Cajuns de la Prairie with Nathan Fontenot on fiddle.
For more information about the band, contact Donald Fontenot in Kinder, (337) 738-2577.
Pictured are Donald Fontenot on accordion, Claudia Wood on bass, Cliff Miller on fiddle, Curzy "Pork Chop" Roy on drums, and Bobby Ortego on bass. In the bottom left column, Dr. Barry Ancelet, host of the Liberty Theater program, joins in on the harmonica. Note: Curzy "Pork Chop" Roy died Jan. 31, 2009, in Eunice at the age of 79.
All photographs and text by David Simpson.
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