I am Ron van Doorneveld
I hope that, just like Willem,
I came into contact with cajun
via some LP's from the Balfa Brothers, Doug Kershaw and a collection LP
by Arhoolie that I had bought during the sixties.
At the same time I was a big fan of bluegrass and such musical styles.
As a matter of fact I was
more attracted to that music than to Cajun, so one of my big wishes was to
learn how to play the 5-string banjo.
It took me some years before
I finally decided to buy such an instrument at the beginning of the
seventies, but it was still years after that before I really began to practise on it.
Till roundabout 1996 I was playing acoustical country music in the band Country Stuff and after that in Except2.
At some time while I was playing
in Except2 the father of the violin player gave us a cassette
with Steve Riley on it and I was completely overturned.
Now I realise that I have been deaf and domb to this music from Louisiana for almost 25 years.
After some wrestling on the
piano-accordeon and a two-row button-box I found out that I really
needed a one-row button-box or a french-accordeon.
Since 2000 I have taken lessons from Wim Nagtegaal and I have been a member of the DownTown Cajun Band.
I also have come to know and appreciate Willem Versloot, spiritual father of this site.
Because Willem thought that the site was getting too much for him, I have taken over doing that work for him.
waiting for Cajun Jack.
During the last couple of
years I have also learnt about zydeco and I love to hear and dance on it,
but I prefer traditional cajun.
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