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David Greely

We are happy to welcome David Greely as Artist-in Residence once again this year. David manifests the musical traditions and rich culture of his Louisiana home in his music. With his masterful fiddle playing and soulful vocals, he easily takes the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to new levels of sophistication, using old and rare tunes, new companion pieces to the old ones, and striking new melodies that meld Cajun roots with fiddle sounds he’s heard in his travels.

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We are happy to welcome David Greely as Artist-in Residence once again this year. David manifests the musical traditions and rich culture of his Louisiana home in his music. With his masterful fiddle playing and soulful vocals, he easily takes the swampy syncopations of Cajun music and its renaissance French dialect to new levels of sophistication, using old and rare tunes, new companion pieces to the old ones, and striking new melodies that meld Cajun roots with fiddle sounds he’s heard in his travels.

David was born in Baton Rouge of Cajun and Irish ancestry, and learned Cajun music on dance hall stages throughout South Louisiana, in the archives of Cajun and Creole music at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, and from his apprenticeship to Cajun fiddle master and National Heritage Fellow Dewey Balfa. As a founding member of The Mamou Playboys, David was nominated for four Grammy Awards.

He has received the Louisiana Artist Fellowship Award for Folklife Performance, and is an adjunct instructor of Cajun fiddle at the University of Louisiana. His latest album is Shadows-on-the-Teche, a collection of 14 original tunes based on the history of the plantation house of that name in New Iberia, Louisiana.

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