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Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet performs with David Doucet and Mitchell Reed

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Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet performs with David Doucet and Mitchell Reed
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Find Michael Doucets Smithsonian Folkways album, "From Now On", at http://www.folkways.si.edu/albumdetails.aspx?itemid=3207 From the 2007 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Michael Doucet, fiddler, composer, and bandleader, is perhaps the single most important figure in the revitalization of Cajun music in the USA. Cajun is the shorthand name for the French settlers of southwest Louisiana who were expelled from the Acadian region of Canada in the 18th century. During the first half of the 20th century, both the language and music of French Louisiana seemed to be in decline. In 1975, Doucet applied to the National Endowment for the Arts for an apprenticeship grant to study with and document the master fiddlers of his region. As a result of this project, he was able to learn first-hand from the great masters of Cajun and Creole music with links to an earlier era. To learn more about Smithsonian Folkways visit http://www.folkways.si.edu To find out more about the Smithsonian Folklife Festival visit http://festival.si.edu/ The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (www.si.edu/copyright/). Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.
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Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
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2009-07-28T16:02:06.000Z
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