Friday April 07, 2017 10:37 am - Posted By Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum
Come meet David Greely on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Avenue, Houma. He will be performing from 5:30pm to 8pm. This is a free event.
David Greely, is one of the premier fiddlers in Cajun music, a four-time Grammy nominee, and a veteran of the Louisiana dance hall scene and concert and festival performances worldwide. He helped found the popular group Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys, with whom he played and recorded for 23 years. David’s apprenticeship to master fiddler Dewey Balfa, his archival research and his obsession with history allow him to trace the story of Cajun and Creole music through the centuries until today.
David opens a window into Cajun home music, revealing a deeper and richer palate of sounds and moods than the familiar dance hall sound. He explores haunting minor keys, rousing reels, moving waltzes and hilarious ballads, revealing the lyrical content, the stories of the rich souls that taught him this music, and the proud tale of the essential joy in living that enabled the thriving survival of the Cajun culture.
South Louisiana is a rich blend of flavors from France, Canada, Africa, Ireland, England, Germany and many other places. It’s a place where these cultures have overlapped since 1718 in a warm environment that encouraged improvised revelry and musical cross-pollination, causing it to be the cradle of incredible poly-rhythmic and emotional genres like jazz, rhythm and blues, Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop. Of Irish/Cajun ancestry, born and raised in South Louisiana, David embraces all of these influences into an exciting funky instrumental technique that sounds like much more than one fiddle. His warm baritone voice and quick sense of humor draw his audiences into this world, across the generations and into the present, where the hybrid vigor of South Louisiana’s culture is still vital and bountiful.
For more information please contact Anne Picou at 985-873-6408.