Archive Files of Cajun, Creole, and Zydeco Musicians
Posted between 1999 and 2008


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  The Fricassée
   Cajun Band

  Click here to access high resolution photos of the Fricassée Cajun Band on Flickr.


Pictured at the Liberty Theater and at a performance during the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage Week at Chicot State Park are Henry Hample on fiddle, Kirk Dugas on guitar, and Robert Doucet on accordion.

For more information, go to the Fricassée Cajun Band's MySpace page.

The Fricassée Cajun Band brings together a couple of veteran Louisiana Cajun musicians with a transplanted New Yorker who fell in love with the music and eventually moved to Louisiana. Add in a couple of other members to the original trio that formed after meeting in jam sessions, and you have a band that plays the best in down home Cajun music in the old style.  The band members list as influences Iry Lejeune, Lawrence Walker, Nathan Abshire, D.L. Menard, and the Balfa Brothers.

Kirk Dugas, who plays rhythm guitar, is from Jeff Davis Parish. His family settled in Lake Arthur, and he grew up in Jennings before moving to Lafayette in 1979. A Cajun musician for more than 30 years, he played with the Dugas Brothers and the Back Door Band and currently is also a member of the Mélange Cajun Band, which is headed by his brother Doug.  In addition to taking part in jam sessions, he has played several times with Sheryl Cormier and Cajun Sounds at the Liberty Theater.

Robert Doucet, the group’s accordionist, has been playing for 16 years. A native of Lafayette, he has taken part in jam sessions in the area and has sat in with the Mélange Cajun Band.

Henry Hample, who was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., says on his MySpace page that his musical ventures have included punk rock, folk rock, folk, bluegrass, and, most recently, traditional Cajun music. He earned a master’s in ethnomusicology from Brown University in 1998. A participant in the Dewey Balfa Cajun and Creole Heritage camps organized by Louisiana Folk Roots, he has mastered not only the Cajun fiddle but also old style Cajun vocals. He moved to Arnaudville in 2007 and, in 2008, married Yvonne Oliver.  In addition to performing with Fricassée and with other bands like Sheryl Cormier and Cajun Sounds, he served in 2008 as director of Folk Roots’ first Cajun and Creole Summer Camp for Kids. He teaches music at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau.

Fricassée has not released a CD yet, but check out the recordings available through the group’s MySpace page as well as the separate page posted by Henry Hample, which includes recordings with other groups.  Fricassée's MySpace page also lists upcoming gigs. Anyone who loves traditional Cajun music definitely needs to seek out this band.


Posted 8-25-08.

All photographs and text by David Simpson.

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